It has been decades since Dragon Ball debuted, but the franchise is more popular than ever before. Akira Toriyama's franchise has become an iconic one despite its humble origins. And, now, fans can get a look at one of Toriyama's first drawings of Goku and Bulma.
If you head to the official Dragon Ball website, you will find a new addition to its homepage. Fans can check out a special page now that will host rare media pieces from Toriyama for 24-hours. The online exhibit got its start this week, and its first display was a postcard sent by Toriyama.
As you can see below, the colorful card was sent to the Akira Toriyama Preservation Society, the artist's fan club at the time. The piece, which dates back to October 1984, shows off Goku and Bulma before they officially debuted in November 1984.
Today's entry in the Nearly Complete Works of Toriyama: a postcard sent in October 1984 to members of the Akira Toriyama Preservation Society (his official fan club at the time), in which Goku and Bulma were first unveiled to the world a month before the manga began in Jump: pic.twitter.com/dPIkCMB3Zt— Todd Blankenship (@Herms98) January 15, 2018
"I've finally finished the first chapter's worth of sketches," the artist wrote. "The title is "Dragon Ball", and it looks like it'll be a strange yet fun adventure manga. Look forward to it."
The sketches of Bulma and Goku look very similar to the ones which Toriyama debuted in Dragon Ball's first chapter. Goku's wild hair and beady eyes look very familiar, and Bulma's slender frame is hard to mistake. Of course, her blue hair is no where in sight, but that is not too surprising. After all, it takes a bit of time to ink Bulma's hair, and Toriyama would be hard-pressed to do that for a simple card. The artist chose to keep things simple and let Bulma's hair take on the postcard's peach coloring.
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