Rare signed hardcover copies of Chip Kidd‘s Bat-Manga! are now...





















Rare signed hardcover copies of Chip Kidd‘s Bat-Manga! are now available at MASSIVE!

Bat-Manga! The Secret History of Batman in Japan
Edited by Chip Kidd, Geoff Spear, and Saul Ferris 
Manga by Jiro Kuawata (桑田二郎)

In 1966, during the height of the first Batman craze, a weekly Japanese manga anthology for boys, Shonen King, licensed the rights to commission its own Batman and Robin stories. A year later, the stories stopped. They were never collected in Japan, and never translated into English. Now, in this gorgeously produced book, hundreds of pages of Batman-manga comics more than four decades old are translated for the first time, appearing alongside stunning photographs of the world’s most comprehensive collection of vintage Japanese Batman toys.

This is The Dynamic Duo as you’ve never seen them: with a distinctly Japanese, atomic-age twist as they battle aliens, mutated dinosaurs, and villains who won’t stay dead. And as a bonus: Jiro Kuwata, the manga master who originally wrote and drew this material, has given an exclusive interview for our book.

The deluxe, expanded, and limited hardcover edition has a distinctly different cover, full-color printed endpapers, and an amazing extra adventure written by Jiro Kuwata (not included in the paperback), about a band of rogue alien robot art thieves at large in Gotham City. Guess who gets called in to save the day….

More than just a dazzling novelty, Bat-Manga! is an invaluable, long-lost chapter in the history of one of the most beloved and timeless figures in comics.

Hardcover signed by Chip Kidd and Jiro Kuwata 
Dimensions: 8.8" x 1.2" x 11.2"
Weight: 4.1 pounds
Page Count: 384 pages
Language: English
Release Date: October 28, 2008

Note: Bat-Manga contains no (overtly) gay content. 

Rare signed hardcover copies of Chip Kidd‘s Bat-Manga! are now...





















Rare signed hardcover copies of Chip Kidd‘s Bat-Manga! are now available at MASSIVE!

Bat-Manga! The Secret History of Batman in Japan
Edited by Chip Kidd, Geoff Spear, and Saul Ferris 
Manga by Jiro Kuawata (桑田二郎)

In 1966, during the height of the first Batman craze, a weekly Japanese manga anthology for boys, Shonen King, licensed the rights to commission its own Batman and Robin stories. A year later, the stories stopped. They were never collected in Japan, and never translated into English. Now, in this gorgeously produced book, hundreds of pages of Batman-manga comics more than four decades old are translated for the first time, appearing alongside stunning photographs of the world’s most comprehensive collection of vintage Japanese Batman toys.

This is The Dynamic Duo as you’ve never seen them: with a distinctly Japanese, atomic-age twist as they battle aliens, mutated dinosaurs, and villains who won’t stay dead. And as a bonus: Jiro Kuwata, the manga master who originally wrote and drew this material, has given an exclusive interview for our book.

The deluxe, expanded, and limited hardcover edition has a distinctly different cover, full-color printed endpapers, and an amazing extra adventure written by Jiro Kuwata (not included in the paperback), about a band of rogue alien robot art thieves at large in Gotham City. Guess who gets called in to save the day….

More than just a dazzling novelty, Bat-Manga! is an invaluable, long-lost chapter in the history of one of the most beloved and timeless figures in comics.

Hardcover signed by Chip Kidd and Jiro Kuwata 
Dimensions: 8.8" x 1.2" x 11.2"
Weight: 4.1 pounds
Page Count: 384 pages
Language: English
Release Date: October 28, 2008

Note: Bat-Manga contains no (overtly) gay content. 

Noah Berlatsky wrote an excellent article on Massive for Ravishly...



Noah Berlatsky wrote an excellent article on Massive for Ravishly last month titled “Yowie, ‘Yaoi’! Male Fetishization In American Comics And Manga.” Unfortunately, it seems Kumada Poohsuke’s sense of humor is lost on Berlatsky– but the writer draws insightful comparisons between the exaggerated muscularity of gay manga beefcakes and the ostensibly heterosexual representations of hypermasculinity in superhero comics.

The hotties in Takeshi Matsu’s high school sex goof “Kannai’s Dilemma” share—not so surprisingly when the smoke clears—improbable six packs with Green Lantern. 

Jiraiya’s bulky cavemen look not a little like the Incredible Hulk. 

Citing Eve Sedgwick’s exploration of homosocial desire in Between Men, Berlatsky notes how Jiraiya illuminates the homoerotic undercurrents of the familiar “damsel in distress” trope in Caveman Guu by eschewing the damsel for a romp with his adversaries. “The damsel in distress in adventure fiction really is generally an afterthought; the relationship between hero and villain really is the central point of emotional investment. Jiraiya’s story isn’t so much subverting tropes, as revealing them.”

It makes me happy to see gay manga considered in a critical light. There are hidden depths beneath the sexy surfaces of these comics, ideological critiques embedded within each artist’s gaze. I believe these images have the power to transform the way people see constructs like gender and sexuality, as Berlatsky posits in his conclusion:

[..] Massive does suggest that male erotics, or the fetishization of the male body, is more common than we tend to think. In our culture, it’s women’s bodies that by default are seen as sexualized—tendencies which can lead to a view of women as nothing but fetish objects. Massive serves as a reminder that guys are objects, too, and that the way we see and the stories we tell figure male bodies as sexual, even in a mainstream culture that is reluctant to admit as much. 

To read Massive isn’t to discover a hidden truth, but to see a massive, obvious fact—bulging out for all the world to see.’

Read the whole piece at Ravishly!

Genbaman the Hero (現場監督な正義のミカタ), 2014Doujinshi by Kazuhide...





















Genbaman the Hero (現場監督な正義のミカタ), 2014
Doujinshi by Kazuhide Ichikawa (市川和秀)

Burly construction foreman Saki Dainichi (大日崎) lives a double life as “Genbaman,” a sexy superhero in a zentai suit. 

Page Count: 28 pages 
Dimensions: 7.17" x 10.12" 
Language: Japanese 
Release Date: December 30, 2013
Publisher: Ichikawado
Adult Content 18+

Imported directly from the artist. Available now at MASSIVE!

Los Angeles: Come out to the Eagle L.A. tonight for the superhero...





Los Angeles: Come out to the Eagle L.A. tonight for the superhero fetish party Hard Heroes! I’ll be selling some MASSIVE goods, including with Gengoroh Tagame t-shirts, tank tops and copies of Caveman Guu with bookplates signed by Jiraiya. Wear your best superhero suit! ;)