Apple’s Early Years Gets The Manga Treatment In New Comic Series

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A pair of manga artists have teamed up to create a new ongoing comic series, based on the early collaborations of Apple founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.

Although Apple’s early years have been fodder for comic books before, this one isn’t a business management case study — but more of a buddy comedy.

Personally we’re not sure that we see it. Abbott and Costello, Dan Ackroyd and John Belushi, Tommy Chong and Cheech Marin… and Jobs and Wozniak? It doesn’t exactly seem to scream comedy hijinks.

But maybe we’re missing something.

The comic will debut in the anthology series Big Comic Superior in Japan on 27 June. However, if you’re interested you can check out an early version circulating on the Japanese ebook site Puboo.

The print version promises considerable rewrites and retouched art, but from the look of things the first chapter is set in 1975, with Jobs as the action hero and Woz playing the comedic sidekick.

Trying to get hold of a supply of DRAM chips, Jobs has a physical confrontation with a cigar-wielding evil businessman, before the comic hits its first cliffhanger.

Did it happen? Well, probably not — but presumably the creators need to stretch out the birth of Apple if they have an ongoing series to get out of it.

No English language version has yet been announced.

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Luke DormehlLuke Dormehl is a UK-based journalist and author, with a background working in documentary film for Channel 4 and the BBC. He is the author of The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems, And Create More and The Apple Revolution, both published by Penguin/Random House. His tech writing has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, Techmeme, and other publications. He'd like you a lot if you followed him on Twitter.

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