Boys' Life (ボーイズライフ Bōizu Raifu?) was a Japanese monthly shōnen magazine published by Shogakukan from April 1963 until August 1969. The magazine was marketed to boys in junior high school and older, and included a manga section as well as general interest articles and information.
The magazine included several regular features, including a life counseling column, novel reviews, discussions of popular culture topics such as aliens, androids, cryptids, the Hollow Earth hypothesis, and the Vietnam War. The editors of the magazine often travelled abroad to gather information and photographs for stories on adventures (such as cave exploration) and unexplored regions of the world as well as the indigenous peoples inhabiting them.
The last issue of Boy's Life was the August 1, 1969 issue, and the magazine was replaced by the Weekly Post, also published by Shogakukan.
In 1967, Shogakukan wanted Shirato's The Legend of Kamui. They planned to purchase Garo, the magazine in which it was serialized, then merge it with Boy's Life into a new magazine. However, this idea was never realized because Katsuichi Nagai, the editor of Garo, declined the offer. Shogakukan pursued another angle on the idea, however, and launched Big Comic in April 1964. They published "Stray Dog" (野犬 Yaken?), the sixth chapter of Shirato's Sanpei Gekijō (三平劇場?), in full color after the first five had originally appeared in Boy's Life.
Works which appeared in the magazine
Listed alphabetically by year(s) of appearance.
- Chōjintachi (Shotaro Ishinomori, 1963)
- Holiday Run (バカンス航路) (Katsumi Kasuko, 1963)
- Sanpei Gekijō (Sanpei Shirato, 1963)
- Yumei ga Ippai Vacation (Katsumi Kasuko, 1963)
- Yōki na Nakama (Katsumi Kasuko, 1963-1964)
- Katame Saru (Mitsuteru Yokoyama, 1963-1965)
- Kogarashi Ippei (Osamu Kishimoto, 1964)
- Sebangō 0 (Hirō Terada, 1964)
- Funky Boys (Katsumi Kasuko, 1964-1965)
- 007 Series (Takao Saito, 1964-1967)
- 1 no 1 no 1 (Kenji Morita, 1965)
- Ijiwaru Kyōju (Fujio Akatsuka, 1965)
- Kōryō (Mitsuteru Yokoyama, 1965-1966)
- Akanbe Akanbo (Jirō Tsunoda, 1966)
- Obake no Q-tarō (Fujiko Fujio, 1966)
- Oba-Q no Otoboke Gihyō (Fujiko Fujio, 1966)
- Osomatsu-kun (Fujio Akatsuka, 1966)
- Thriller Kyōju (Fujio Akatsuka, 1966-1967)
- Mizuki Shigeru Yōkai Gekijō (Shigeru Mizuki, 1967)
- Shirato Sanpei Gekijō (Sanpei Shirato, 1967)
- Tama no Uta (Kazuhiko Miyaya, 1967)
- Z to Yobareru Otoko (Masaaki Satō, 1967-1968)
- Chōsen Yarō (Takao Saito, 1967-1969)
- Unabara no Ken (Goseki Kojima, 1968)
- Phoenix Jyo (Kazuhiko Miyaya, 1968)
- Zubeko Tantei Ran (Tōru Shinohara, 1968-1969)
- Matt Helm series (Jin Kimura, created by Donald Hamilton, 1968-1969)
- Uragiri no Gunpoint (Ken Tsukikage, 1969)
- Karasu (Takao Saito, 1969)
- Gunman / Fukushū no Mugonka series (Ken Tsukikage, 1969)
- ↑ Script error