Comi Press links to a Japanese news story talking about how classic manga of the past are being reprinted; despite the huge popularity of manga in Japan, it seems they are not even as good as the US at keeping classics in print:
The Yomiuri Shinbun has an article examining the growing popularity in Japan of reprinting classic manga from earlier eras, catering to older, original fans and people interested in the historical significance of earlier titles.
Nostalgic Works of the Past Bringing Joy to Middle-Aged Readers One More Time
Basking in the adventures of the heroes of manga magazines and rental books – fulfilling the dreams of middle-aged readers, the classic mangas of yesteryear is being reprinted. We pursued the republication boom, which has seen the re-introduction of numerous hidden gems long out of print.
Inside the office of publisher Pan Rolling, which controls the âMangashopâ? brand, the bookshelves are lined with classic anthology magazines from the 1960âs such as âManga-Ohâ? âShonen Gahouâ? and âWeekly Shonen Magazine.â? Pan Rolling spent 50 million yen ($435,000) collecting 4000 volumes of manga: from these books, they brought back Ikki Kajiuraâs gutsy sports titles âChampion Futoshiâ? and âKoshien no Tsutchi (Koshien Soil)â?; classic action heroes such as â8-manâ?; Jiro Kuwataâs âKing Roboâ? and âDenjin X-Manâ?; more than 50 titles from the 1960âs in all.