Shigeru Mizuki, the prolific manga creator and author, has passed away at age 93. Mizuki was born Shigeru Mura, most well known for his Japanese yōkai (spectre) manga, GeGeGe no Kitarō, reported died in a Tokyo hospital due to heart failure.
Characters from GeGeGe no Kitarō
Mizuki was in the Japanese army in World War II and lost his left arm in an explosion. He started the precursor to GeGeGe no Kitarō (1967), Hakaba Kitarō (Kitarō of the Graveyard) in 1960 and produced manga throughout his long life including some notable historical works such as Hitler: A Biography and Showa: A History of Japan (both were brought westward by Drawn & Quarterly). He also authored several books on yōkai. He was working until very recently, doing art exhibitions and starting a manga called If You Go Ahead and Eat, You'll Be Happy - The Daily Healthy Life of the Mizuki Brothers in 2013. That manga expressed Mizuki's eating habits which included sweets, burgers, and pizza.