The official website for Kodansha’s Evening magazine announced that manga authors Satoshi Miyakawa and Kai Kitagō will launch a new manga starring the DC Comics character Superman on Thursday. The manga will be titled Superman vs. Meshi: Superman no Hitori Meshi (Superman vs. Food: Superman Dining Alone) which will release in this year’s 14th issue of Evening on June 22.
The manga will also serialize on Kodansha’s Comic Days website.
The story will focus on the daily pastime of the strongest man on Earth, who can hear the growling of stomachs all over Japan at lunchtime with his superhuman hearing.
This manga is quite similar to Masayuki Kusumi and Jiro Taniguchi’s The Solitary Gourmet (Kodoku no Gourmet) manga which inspired an ongoing live-action series with eight seasons and a net anime. Fanfare and Ponent Mon are also planning to publish the manga in English.
It is not the first time Kodansha has collaborated with DC Comics. The Superman vs. Meshi: Superman no Hitori Meshi manga is part of the second phase of the collaboration with Kodansha, which included the launch of the Batman Justice Buster manga by manga creator duo Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi in Evening’s sister magazine Morning last December.
The collaboration’s first phase also spawned Miyakawa and Keisuke Gotō’s “Wanope Joker (Joker: The One-Man Operation)”, which launched in Morning on January 7 earlier this year.
In addition, this collaboration manga will appear in the “DC Exhibition: The Birth of a Superhero” that will take place at Tokyo City View (Minato-ku, Tokyo). More information on it will be released on the official website of the exhibition on June 25th.