Only a few manga series manage to stand the test of time, and even fewer come close to Golgo 13. With over 52 years of publication, the series has managed to etch its name in history.
It is almost mind-blowing to think about reading a manga that is more than double your age.
While most people may assume One Piece to be “long,” the series is just shy of the 100 volume mark but would need another 20 years to reach Golgo 13’s height.
The manga was speculated to end back in 2015, but it seems like the author has no intention of slowing down just yet.
Golgo 13 manga by Takao Saito has broken the Guinness World record for “The most volumes published for a single manga series,” with the publication of its 201st volume.
The series surpassed the previous record-holder Osamu Akito’s Kochikame, which had reached the 200th volume mark back in 2016.
Although the manga might not be world-renowned, it still has a huge cult following and local popularity.
Sadly, only thirteen volumes of the manga are available in English. Looking at the current scene, a digital release might push the manga to further heights.
Golgo 13 had also announced a spinoff series which will release on 16th July 2021 in Big Comic Zoukan.
Due to the lack of any recurring characters, the spinoff will likely focus on the origins of Duke Togo, something fans have been wondering about for a long time.
With only a handful of manga on the tail, Golgo 13 is likely to hold this record for a long time even if it decides to stop anytime soon. From the looks of it, any other manga series still has a long time to go before catching up.
About Golgo 13
Golgo 13 is a manga series by Takao Saito that started serialization in 1968 and is still ongoing. It is the longest-running manga.
The series is about Duke Togo, or Golgo 13, a seasoned assassin whose real identity is not know to anyone. He goes to various missions all over the world and often gets involved with dangerous crime syndicates and police organizations.
His past is a mystery except that he might be of Japanese origin.
Source: Comic Natalie