Shigeru Mizuki (1922-2015) was one of Japan's most respected artists. An artistic prodigy, he lost an arm in World War II to a bomb while suffering from malaria. After the war, Mizuki became one of the founders of Japan's latest craze manga. He invented the yokai genre with Ge ge ge no Kitaro and founded the gekiga dramatic manga movement with autobiographical wartime accounts such as Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths. He has received almost every award the comics industry has to offer, including the Kodansha Manga Award, Eisner Award and the Angouleme Award, as well as the Shiju Hosho Medal of Honor and the Order of the Rising Sun.