Shogakukan has confirmed that Takao Saito, creator of the Golgo 13 manga series, has passed away from pancreatic cancer. Saito-san was 84 years old. Golgo 13 was first published in Shogakukan’s Big Comic magazine in 1968 and was still being published as of 2021, making it the oldest manga still in publication. The manga will continue under the Saito Production group of artists, as per Saito-san’s wishes.
Golgo 13 is not his real name. Then again, neither is Duke Togo, Tadashi Togo, or any number of the aliases he goes by. A man of mystery, not even the world’s most prominent intelligence agencies can determine who Golgo really is, or just where he came from. But all agree that his skills are nothing short of legendary.
Armed with a custom M16, Golgo is willing to take any job for any agency, from the FBI to the KGB. He has completed every contract he has ever taken and will work for anyone who can meet his price. He is both the greatest weapon and the greatest threat to any nation; no one is safe once they are in Golgo’s sights.