“The Chase,” 1986
Manga by Gengoroh Tagame (田亀源五郎)
This early work by Gengoroh Tagame was published in Bara-Komi, a special issue of Barazoku and the first magazine devoted entirely to gay manga. Barazoku editor Bungaku Ito printed the work without Tagame’s knowledge, under the name “Gen Yagihara.” Tagame was 19 years old, and had just returned from a trip to Europe where he’d seen the work of American comic artist Bill Ward for the first time. This manga is heavily influenced by Ward’s aesthetic.