Ultimo and Vice are Karakuri Dôji, the mechanical embodiment of pure good and pure evil, devoid of human emotions that can cloud one's judgment. Their purpose: to battle to the death to prove once and for all whether good or evil is the most powerful force in the universe.
As a kid, Stanley Martin Lieber spent a lot of time dreaming up wild adventures. By the time he got to high school, he was putting his imagination to work writing stories at Timely
, a publishing company that went on to become the legendary Marvel Comics. Starting with the Fantastic Four, Lee and his partner Jack Kirby created just about every superhero you can think of, including Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Hulk, Iron Man, Daredevil and Thor. Along the way, he wrote under many pen names, but the one that stuck was Stan Lee.
Unconventional author/artist Hiroyuki Takei
began his career by winning the Osamu Tezuka Cultural Prize (named after the famous artist of the same name). After working as an assistant to famed artist Nobuhiro Watsuki, Takei debuted in Weekly Shonen Jump
in 1997 with Butsu Zone
, an action series based on Buddhist mythology. His multicultural adventure manga Shaman King
, which debuted in 1998, became a hit and was adapted into an anime TV series. His series Ultimo
(Karakuridôji Ultimo) was serialized in the U.S. in Shonen Jump
. Takei lists Osamu Tezuka, American comics and robot anime among his many influences.