"Assassin, Lone Wolf and Cub! I come for YOU!"
The trials of single fatherhood.Lone Wolf and Cub
) is an iconic manga
created by Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima, describing the adventures of Ogami Ittō, former executioner for the Shogun, and his son Daigorō. Ittō, after being framed for treason against the Shogunate by the Yagyū clan, faced a choice between death
. Instead, Ittō Took A Third Option
: abandon bushidō
to follow "Meifumado"
- roughly, either "the way of the demon" or "the road to hell". He would become a ronin assassin
, Walking the Earth
while planning his vengeance. And his son Daigorō, due to a Secret Test of Character
from his father, now follows the same bloody road.
The original manga was published from 1970 to 1976. The series has been adapted into several movies and a live-action TV series in Japan. An English-dubbed "adaptation
" of the movies was released in 1980 as Shogun Assassin
has released both subtitled and dubbed versions of the films. A sequel, called Shin Kozure Ōkami
written by Koike with Hideki Mori doing the art (since Goseki Kojima died in 2000) is currently running in Japan. Dark Horse Comics
that they will publish Shin Kozure Ohkami
in English early 2014.
There is also a spinoff series, Samurai Executioner
, focusing on Yamada Asaemon, the Shogun's sword-tester.Lone Wolf
the American comic Road to Perdition
, which changed the setting to 1930s Illinois and aged up the son to a pre-teen. Road To Perdition
was later made into a movie starring Tom Hanks.
Unrelated to the famous Lone Wolf gamebook
series by Joe Dever.
Lone Wolf and Cub provides examples of: