Viz Media to publish 'Ultraman' manga

Viz Media has announced the August launch of Ultraman, the manga series by Linebarrels of Iron creators Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi.

Debuting in November 2011 in Shogakukan's Monthly Hero's magazine, the series is inspired by the 1966 Japanese superhero television show. Set decades later, the manga centers on Shinjiro Hayata, a seemingly ordinary teenager who learns that his father Shin Hayata was the first Ultraman and  passed on the "Ultraman Factor" to him.

Ultraman is still being serialized in Monthly Hero's; the fifth collection was released in November in Japan. More than 1 million copies are in print.

Viz will launch Ultraman on Aug. 18 under its Viz Signature imprint.

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