Weekly Shonen Jump

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This article is for the weekly magazine by Shueisha. For the monthly magazine published by VIZ Media, see "Shonen Jump".

Weekly Shonen Jump (週刊少年ジャンプ, Shūkan Shōnen Janpu) is a weekly shonen manga magazine published in Japan by Shueisha under the "Jump" line of magazines.

The first issue was released with a cover date of August 1, 1968[1], and it is still circulating. One of the longest-running manga magazines in Japan, it has a circulation of 1.3 million (2021)[2]. The chapters of series that run in Weekly Shonen Jump are collected and published in tankōbon volumes under the "Jump Comics" imprint every two to three months. The manga series within the magazine target young male readers (aged 12 to 18) and tend to consist of a large number of action scenes, a fair amount of comedy, and the approach of themes such as friendship and personal growth.

History

Cover of the first issue of Weekly Shonen Jump, released in 1968

Weekly Shonen Jump was launched by Shueisha on July 11, 1968[3] to compete with the already-successful Weekly Shonen Magazine and Weekly Shonen Sunday. The Weekly Shonen Jump's sister publication was a manga magazine called Shonen Book, which was originally a male version of the short-lived shojo manga anthology Shojo Book. Prior to issue 20, Weekly Shonen Jump was originally called simply Shonen Jump as it was originally a semi-weekly magazine. In 1969, Shonen Book ceased publication at which time Shonen Jump became a weekly magazine and a new monthly magazine called Bessatsu Shonen Jump was made to take Shonen Book's place. This magazine was later rebranded as Monthly Shonen Jump before eventually being discontinued and replaced by Jump Square.

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure was originally serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump from 1986[a] to 2004. In 2005, the series changed the magazine of its publication to Ultra Jump during the run of its seventh installment, Steel Ball Run. While in Weekly Shonen Jump, the series was published under the tagline "Romance Horror! -A Crimson Tale-" (ロマンホラー!—深紅の秘伝説—, Romanhorā!-Shinku no hi densetsu-). The tagline was created by the editorial department at Shueisha, and was included in every chapter up until Stone Ocean.[4]

Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan

The first episode of Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan, At a Confessional, was published in Weekly Shonen Jump on June 24, 1997[b]. It was created under the restriction set by the magazine that it couldn't be related to the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure series. This was because the editorial department had a strict policy against spin-offs or side stories. As a workaround, Araki made Rohan the narrator of the one-shot.[5] Even after JoJo's Bizarre Adventure ended serialization in Weekly Shonen Jump, many other episodes of Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan would continue to be published in the magazine. This included Millionaire Village in 2012 and Poaching Seashore in 2013. In 2014, The Harvest Moon was also released exclusively through their free online manga service Shonen Jump+.

Related Series

No. Title Type First Issue Last Issue
1 Poker Under Arms One-shot January 5, 1981 N/A
2 Say Hi to Virginia One-shot August 1, 1981 N/A
3 Cool Shock B.T. Series October 1, 1983 December 5, 1983
4 Baoh the Visitor Series October 22, 1984 February 25, 1985
5 Gorgeous Irene One-shot October 1, 1985[c] N/A
6 JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Series December 2, 1986 March 23, 1999
7 Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan - Episode 16: At a Confessional One-shot June 24, 1997 N/A
8 JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean Series December 7, 1999 April 8, 2003
9 Steel Ball Run[d] Series January 19, 2004 October 18, 2004
10 Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan - Episode 5: Millionaire Village One-shot October 6, 2012 N/A
11 Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan - Episode 6: Poaching Seashore One-shot October 12, 2013 N/A
12 Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan - Episode 4: The Harvest Moon[e] One-shot September 22, 2014 N/A
13 Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan - Episode 10: The Run[f] One-shot February 26, 2018 N/A

Gallery

Weekly Shonen Jump Covers

Other

Notes

  1. First issue was released in stores on December 2, 1986, with a cover date of January 1, 1987 - Weekly Shonen Jump #940 - No. 1-2, 1987
  2. Cover date of July 7, 1997 - Weekly Shonen Jump #1454 - No. 30, 1997
  3. Published in "Autumn Special 1985" Issue
  4. Later re-titled to JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 7: Steel Ball Run after the series moved to being serialized in Ultra Jump
  5. Only released digitally via Shonen Jump+
  6. Later re-titled to "Episode 9: The Run"

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