Tetsuo Hara

Tetsuo Hara

Tetsuo Hara at Japan Expo 2013 in France.
Born Hara Tetsuo (原哲夫)
(1961-09-02) 2 September 1961
Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
Nationality Japanese
Area(s) Manga artist
Notable works
Fist of the North Star
Fist of the Blue Sky
Hana no Keiji
Official webpage

Tetsuo Hara (Japanese: 原 哲夫 Hepburn: Hara Tetsuo, born September 2, 1961) is a Japanese manga artist, best known for drawing the series Fist of the North Star (known as Hokuto no Ken in Japan), which he co-authored with Buronson. He is cousin to comedian Ryo Fukawa.


A native of Tokyo, Hara attended Hongō Junior and Senior High School and worked as an assistant to manga artist Yoshihiro Takahashi after graduating. As an amateur, he won the first prize of the 33rd Fresh Jump award for his boxing short story Super Challenger. Hara's professional career began with his first published work: Mad Fighter in 1982. His first serialized work in the Weekly Shōnen Jump was the Iron Don Quixote, a motocross manga which lasted only ten weeks in serialization. He achieved fame after the publication of Hokuto no Ken (Fist of the North Star) in 1983, which he co-created with Buronson and ran for six years in Weekly Jump. His next long-running serial was Hana no Keiji,a period tale loosely based on a novel by Keiichiro Ryu, which was published in Weekly Jump from 1990 to 1993. He would go on to produce several shorter serials and one-shots for Shueisha until departing from the company in 2000.

In 2001, he became one of the founding members of the manga editing company Coamix and would go on to illustrate Sōten no Ken (Fist of the Blue Sky), a prequel to Hokuto no Ken, which was serialized in Weekly Comic Bunch from 2001 until the magazine's final issue in 2010. Originally published as a weekly serial, Sōten no Ken was changed to a semi-regular feature after Hara was diagnosed with keratoconus.[1] Despite previously announcing his intentions to retire after completing Sōten no Ken, he would go on to illustrate his current series Ikusa no Ko: The Legend of Nobunaga Oda, published in Monthly Comic Zenon since 2010. An English edition of Ikusa no Ko is concurrently published at the official Silent Manga Audition Community website.[2]




Title Magazine Date Volumes
The Iron Don Quijote (鉄のドンキホーテ Tetsu no Don Kihōte) Weekly Jump 1982–1983 2
Fist of the North Star (北斗の拳 Hokuto no Ken) Weekly Jump 1983–1988 27
Cyber Blue (CYBERブルー) Weekly Jump 1988–1989 4
Keiji (花の慶次 -雲のかなたに- Hana no Keiji -Kumo no Kanata ni-, "Flowery Keiji: At the Other Side of the Cloud") Weekly Jump 1990–1993 18
Kagemusha Tokugawa Ieyasu (影武者徳川家康, "Tokugawa Ieyasu's Shadow Warrior") Weekly Jump 1994–1995 6
Takeki Ryūsei (猛き龍星, "The Mighty Ryusei") Weekly Jump 1995 3
Sakon - Sengoku Fūunroku- (SAKON -戦国風雲録-, "Sakon: Chronicles of Feudal Turbulence") Weekly Jump 1997–2000 6
Hydra (九頭龍 (ヒュドラ) Hyudora) Manga Allman 1997–1998 1
Kōkenryoku Ōryō Sōsakan Nakabō Rintarō (公権力横領捜査官 中坊林太郎, "Government Corruption Investigator Rintaro Nakabo) Bart 3230 1998–2000 2
Aterui the Second (阿弖流為 (アテルイ)Ⅱ世 Aterui Nisei) Monthly Gotta 2000 1
Fist of the Blue Sky (蒼天の拳 Sōten no Ken) Weekly Comic Bunch 2001–2010 22
Ikusa no Ko: The Legend of Oda Nobunaga (いくさの子 織田三郎信長伝 Ikusa no Ko: Oda Saburō Nobunaga Den) Monthly Comic Zenon 2010–current


Title Magazine Date
Super Challenger (スーパーチャレンジャー) Weekly Jump: Special Edition 1982/4/10
Mad Fighter (マッドファイター) Fresh Jump 1982/10
Crash Hero (クラッシュヒーロー) Weekly Jump 1982 (No. 43)
Hokuto no Ken (北斗の拳) (prototype version) Fresh Jump 1983/04
Hokuto no Ken II (北斗の拳Ⅱ) (prototype version) Fresh Jump 1983/06
Zhí Yè Xiōng Shǒu (職業兇手 (ジー イェ ション ショウ) Jī Ie Shon Shō) Weekly Jump 1993 (No. 5-6)
Kaen no Shō (火焔の掌, "The Hands of Flames") Weekly Jump Spring Special 1995
Kiseki Moyuru Toki (輝石燃ゆる時, "When The Pyroxene Burns") Weekly Jump 1996 (No. 43)
Chase (追撃 (チェイス) Cheisu) Manga Allman 1997 (No. 2)
Hokuto no Ken: Last Piece (北斗の拳−LAST PIECE−) Comic Zenon May 2013 (Part 1)
June 2013 (Part 2)

Novel Illustrations

Other works


  1. "Interview with Hara Tetsuo". Raijin Comics. Archived from the original on 2004-06-29. Retrieved 2007-07-21.
  2. "Comic Zenon International". North Stars Pictures.
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