Junji Ito was born in 1963 in Gifu-ken, Japan. A former dental technician, he made his manga debut in "Monthly Halloween" magazine in 1987 with the first story in his successful "Tomie" series. "Tomie" won the 2nd prize in the Kazuo Umezu award, named after the famous horror manga artist. Ito has gone on to become one of Japan's leading horror manga artists, producing "Gyo," "Uzumaki" and many other works. "Uzumaki" was made into a Japanese live-action film, and in America, was nominated for an Eisner Award for Best U.S. Edition of Foreign Material. Ito's influences include classic manga great Kazuo Umezu and Hideshi Hino, as well as American horror author H.P. Lovecraft.
Date of Birth:
July 31st, 1963
Gifu Prefecture, Japan
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