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A retrospective exhibition will feature 63 manga titles from the early years of Weekly Shonen Jump to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the comic anthology in 2018.

Strips will include popular titles such as “Saint Seiya” and “Dragon Ball.”

The Weekly Shonen Jump Exhibition Vol. 1 will take place from July 18 till Oct. 15 at the Mori Arts Center Gallery in Tokyo’s Roppongi district.

Published since 1968 by Shueisha Inc., Weekly Shonen Jump has always played a vital role in Japan’s manga culture.

Subtitled “The beginning of the legend,” the first of the three-part exhibition will cover manga titles spanning from the first issue to the 1980s.

They include: “Saint Seiya” by Masami Kurumada, “Fist of the North Star” by Buronson and Tetsuo Hara, “Kinnikuman” by Yudetamago, “Captain Tsubasa” by Yoichi Takahashi, and “Dragon Ball” by Akira Toriyama.

Original manga drawings and other related rare items, as well as exclusive video footage, will be showcased at the venue to help fans trace back to the early days of the magazine.

Some details of the second and third installments of the exhibition taking place in 2018 have also been revealed. The second edition will feature “Slam Dunk,” “YuYu Hakusho,” “Rurouni Kenshin” and “Yu-Gi-Oh!” while the third will cover “One Piece,” “Naruto,” “Death Note,” “Haikyu!!” and “Assassination Classroom,” among many other titles.

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