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  • Hardcover: 218 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC (Aug. 19 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421525666
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421525662
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 1.8 x 18.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 762 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

  Akira Toriyama's first weekly series, Dr. Slump, has entertained generations of readers in Japan since it was introduced in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in 1980. A few years later, he created his wildly popular Dragon Ball series, which brought him international success. Toriyama is also known for his character designs for video games, including Dragon Warrior, Chrono Trigger and Tobal No. 1. He lives with his family in Japan.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Feb. 12 2009
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This is a hardcover book with a dust jacket. It contains almost 200 pages of full colour illustrations.

Right at the front is a multi-fold page that unfolds into a small Dragon Ball poster with a thank you note from Akira Toriyama.

Following on are illustrations from the weekly JUMP title covers as well as comic covers. Each is fully coloured and reproduced big. It really brings back memories of reading the comic, as well as anticipating weekly at the comic book store.

It's really great again to marvel at the uniform ink strokes and character designs of Akira Toriyama.

Every piece of work is annotated at the back of the book. Included is also the very unique sequential spine art for the comic, which at that time I thought was really cool. There are also mugshots of Akira Toriyama over the years, including photos and icons.

An interview with Akira Toriyama is also included to give this book some depth.

There's really nothing not to like about this book if you're a Dragon Ball fan.

There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RMG on April 16 2014
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this book highlights the very neat work by Akira Toriyama in bringing this classic to life, highly recommended by me
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Regis Joseph on July 11 2013
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As a fan of the TV show, this book was a great gift. The illustrations are just as i remembered them in the show.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Damien C. on Jan. 14 2015
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A very lovely art book by Akira Toriyama. Perfect for Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z fans.
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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful
Brings back good old memories Nov. 23 2008
By Parka - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a hardcover book with a dust jacket. It contains almost 200 pages of full colour illustrations.

Right at the front is a multi-fold page that unfolds into a small Dragon Ball poster with a thank you note from Akira Toriyama.

Following on are illustrations from the weekly JUMP title covers as well as comic covers. Each is fully coloured and reproduced big. It really brings back memories of reading the comic, as well as anticipating weekly at the comic book store.

It's really great again to marvel at the uniform ink strokes and character designs of Akira Toriyama.

Every piece of work is annotated at the back of the book. Included is also the very unique sequential spine art for the comic, which at that time I thought was really cool. There are also mugshots of Akira Toriyama over the years, including photos and icons.

An interview with Akira Toriyama is also included to give this book some depth.

There's really nothing not to like about this book if you're a Dragon Ball fan.

(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Great Dragonball Artbook! Aug. 14 2008
By Elijah Stahling - Published on Amazon.com
For those that don't know, this is a huge manga artbook that contains hundreds of drawings from the manga "Dragon Ball"(split into two parts Dragonball and Dragonball Z by Viz in America). This book is a great value because it has accurate translations and unedited drawings,the way Toriyama intended it to be. I would like to thank Viz for doing a great job with this release, and I hope they release the other 6 main Daizenshuu from Japan.

So if you are a casual DB(Z) fan looking to add to your manga collection, or the most insane Dragonball collector, this release is for you. The artwork is top notch, and has something for Dragonball fans of all ages. 5 Stars, and great job by Viz!!!!
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A Great Hardcover Collection of A Master Storyteller Jan. 12 2011
By Jeff Harris - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been a fan of Dragon Ball since it came on in syndication in the mid 1990s in the dark ages before the internet really gained traction amongst the populace of this world. When they brought Dragon Ball Z here, I felt I was watching something great. Viz brought the manga Stateside around the same time Cartoon Network began airing it on their late great Toonami block. I learned the name Akira Toriyama, and I've grown to respect the creator over the decades. He's a master storyteller who created a series that honored Chinese legends of the past, created a link to Western storytelling devices, including superheroics and sci-fi, and provided some of the best fighting sequences and characters ever brought to the pages and eventually television sets around the world for close to three decades.

This book's title, Dragon Ball: The Complete Illustrations, is a bit of a misnomer. It's an English version of a Japanese art book published after Dragon Ball's conclusion in Weekly Shonen Jump back in 1995, so it doesn't include rare character sketches nor any promotional images for the animated series, including the Toei-driven Dragon Ball GT. What you do see are familiar images throughout the decade-long series appear in beautiful color, including covers and various character images. You could see the evolution of Mr. Toriyama's art and design practices over the decade, and as an illustrator, I feel inspired by his works. There's even a rare interview with him at the book's end.

In another life, something like this would have been very pricey, and it would have been out of my price range. At Amazon, it's (at the time of this writing) under $20, a steal at any cost. So, if you're a long time fan of the manga and animated series or you're just discovering the awesomeness of Dragon Ball courtesy of the airings of Dragon Ball Z Kai on Nicktoons and The CW, check out this book.
A Toriyama-phile's Must Oct. 12 2014
By Jacob Ermete - Published on Amazon.com
As a kid who grew up on this stuff and derived much of his early artistic inspiration from Toriyama's art style, this book completed a certain part of my being. I love seeing all the colored illustrations. They give a dimension to Dragon Ball you can't entirely get from the black and white manga, and definitely can't get from the anime. There is something very folky about Toriyama's style that I can't get over, and each illustration is printed in great detail and quality material paper. I love seeing the changes in art style, and off shoot covers and sketches. It's a very behind the scenes type of book. I can't get tired of looking at it. A must for Toriyama fans in my opinion. Nostalgia hurts in the best ways.
It also includes an interview with the man himself at the end that really captures the humble and self-critical person he can be, which is a great insight to understanding the nature of his art and story telling.
So many memories <3 April 17 2013
By Maribel Robles - Published on Amazon.com
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I absolutely love this book. I've admired Akira Toriyamas work for as long as I can remember. His artwork in Dragon Ball and Z is the original reason why I ever started drawing in the first place, and on a larger scale, how I was introduced to the whimsical and fantastical. I have so many fond memories of both stories growing up and it will forever remain my favorite anime and manga for the rest of my days. This book has some of the most iconic moments from both stories in Toriyamas wonderful style, includes the volume covers, artwork from various issues, and even an interview with the man himself. It did arrive a bit dented on one corner, but I suspect that's more USPS's fault than anything else, so I cannot complain about the seller. They quickly responded to my emails and were very swift in shipping. I am extremely satisfied with this purchase :D


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