Mad Cave teams with Tatsunoko Production for ‘Gatchaman’ comics

The anime that inspired ‘Battle of the Planets’ will return to comics in the U.S. next year.

Mad Cave Studios and Tatsunoko Production have announced that Mad Cave will bring Gatchaman back to the United States for a new Gatchaman series.

Science Ninja Team Gatchaman, or just Gatchaman for short, is a popular Japanese anime that first debuted in the early 1970s and was created by Tatsuo Yoshida. Those of a certain generation may remember Battle of the Planets, the American adaptation that was syndicated in the late 1970s and featured the same team, dubbed G-Force.

Gatchaman has entertained and influenced fans around the world for over 50 years, and it could not be a better time to introduce their futuristic world to a new generation of readers,” said Kaz Haruna, Tatsunoko Production director of international business. “Tatsunoko is absolutely excited to work with the team at Mad Cave Studios.”

The new comics will debut next year. No creative teams have been announced yet, but Mad Cave did note that the comics would be set “in the world of the original series setting.”

“Mad Cave couldn’t be more excited to partner with Tatsunoko and bring Gatchaman back to North America,” said Mark Irwin, Mad Cave Studios SVP of business development. “We have big plans for the science ninja team, and look forward to sharing their fantastic adventures with readers, new and old.”

This isn’t the first time the characters have appeared in comics, as both Gold Key and Top Cow have published Battle of the Planet comics in the past. The news follows Mad Cave’s announcement from earlier this week that they will also produce Flash Gordon comics next year, as the publisher ramps up its licensed property comics offerings.

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