The official website of Kodansha’s Evening magazine announced Thursday that Satoshi Miyakawa (Space Battleship Tiramisu) and Kai Kitagō will launch a new manga starring the DC Comics character Superman, titled Superman vs. Meshi: Superman no Hitori Meshi (Superman vs. Dining Alone), in the fourteenth edition of Evening on June 22. The manga will also be published on Kodansha’s Comic Days website. Miyakawa is writing the story and Kitagō is drawing the art.
The story will focus on the daily pastime of the strongest man on Earth, who can hear the growling of stomachs all over Japan at lunchtime with his superhuman hearing.
The title is an apparent nod to Masayuki Kusumi and Jiro Taniguchi’s The Solitary Gourmet (Kodoku no Gourmet) manga, which follows a lonely vendor named Gorō Inagashira as he travels all over Japan and sample local cuisine found on street corners. This manga inspired an ongoing live-action series with eight seasons and a network anime, and Fanfare and Ponent Mon plan to publish the manga in English.
The Superman vs. Meshi: Superman no Hitori Meshi manga is part of the second phase of DC Comics’ collaboration with Kodansha, which included the launch of the Batman Justice Buster manga by manga creator duo Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi (Ultraman, Linebarrels of Iron) in Evening’s sister magazine, Morning, last December.
The first phase of the collaboration also spawned the Wanope Joker (Joker: The One-Man Operation), which launched on Morning on January 7 earlier this year. Miyakawa also writes the history of the manga, with art by Keisuke Gotō.
Masato Hisa (Nobunagun, Area 51) launched a manga adaptation of the Batman Ninja anime in Monthly Hero’s in June 2018 and finished it in September 2019. The manga won a Seiun Award in August 2020.