The official website of Kodansha‘s Evening magazine announced on Thursday that Satoshi Miyakawa (Space Battleship Tiramisu) and Kai Kitagō will launch a new manga with the DC Comics Superman character, titled Superman vs. Meshi: Superman without Hitori Meshi (Superman vs. Food: Superman Dining Alone), in this year’s 14th issue of Evening June 22. The manga will also be serialized on Kodansha‘s Comic strip days website. Miyakawa writes history and Kitagō draws art.
The story will center on the daily hobby of the strongest man on Earth, who can hear the rumbling of stomachs all over Japan at lunchtime with his superhuman hearing.
The title is an apparent nod to Masayuki kusumi and Jiro Taniguchi‘s The Lonely gourmet (Kodoku not Gourmet) manga, which follows a lone vendor named Gorō Inagashira as he travels around Japan and tastes local cuisine found around street corners. This manga inspired an ongoing live-action series with eight seasons and a crisp anime, and Fanfare and Ponent Mon plan to publish the manga in English.
The Superman vs. Meshi: Superman without Hitori Meshi manga is part of the second phase of DC Comics‘ collaboration with Kodansha, which included the launch of the Batman Justice Buster manga by manga creators duo Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi (Ultraman, Iron line barrels) in Evening‘s sister magazine Morning last december.
The first phase of the collaboration also generated the Joker wanope (Joker: The One-Man Operation), launched in Morning on January 7 earlier this year. Miyakawa also writes the history of manga, with the art of Keisuke Gotō.
Masato hisa (Nobunagun, Zone 51) has launched a manga adaptation of Batman ninja anime in Monthly heroes in June 2018 and finished it in September 2019. The manga won a Seiun Award in August 2020.