Junji Ito (伊藤 潤二) is an author of Japanese horror manga. Born in Gifu prefecture in 1963, he was inspired from a young age by his older sister's drawing and Kazuo Umezu's comics and thus took an interest in drawing horror comics himself. Nevertheless, upon graduation he trained as a dental technician and until the early 90s he juggled his dental career with his increasingly successful hobby, even after receiving the prestigious Umezu prize for horror manga.
Tomie, the comic series for which he is best known, is about a beautiful and eternally youthful highschool girl who inspires her obsessed admirers to murder each other and finally her, but who is herself endlessly reincarnated. In 1998, during the horror boom that followed the success of Ring (1998), Tomie was adapted into a movie. Junji Ito continues to publish comics in monthlies and weeklies, and since the cinematic successes of Tomie and Uzumaki, has had many of his comics adapted for TV and the cinema. Tomie, Uzumaki, Gyo, and some of his horror collection have also been published in English by Viz Communications Inc.
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