Magazine Special (マガジンSPECIAL) was a Japanese shōnen manga magazine published by Kodansha and first launched with a cover date of September 5, 1983. Its audience demographic is geared toward younger teenage boys, and contents tend to be predominantly sports stories and high school romantic comedies. Many of the popular series in Magazine Special were transferred there from other Kodansha publications like Weekly Shōnen Magazine after their initial run. It is issued monthly on the 20th in perfect-bound B5 format and retails for 540 yen. Issues are typically about 600 pages printed in black and white on heavy newsprint, with a few glossy pages in color. Between 20 and 30 stories appear in each issue, almost all of them installments of ongoing and frequently long-running serials by different manga artists.
October 2009 Magazine Special (cover)
|First issue||September 5, 1983|
|Final issue||January 20, 2017|
In August 2016 it was announced that the magazine would cease publication with the February 2017 issue.
|Title||Author / Artist||Status|
|Miami Guns||Takeaki Momose||1997–1999|
|Z Mazinger||Go Nagai||1998–2000|
|Gacha Gacha||Hiroyuki Tamakoshi||2002–2008|
|Fantastic Detective Labyrinth||Meito Manjō (story), Seiji Wakayama (art)||August 2006 – August 2008|
|Sumire 16 sai!!||Takeru Nagayoshi||2006–2008|
|Psycho Busters||Tadashi Agi||2006–2008|
|Negima!? neo||Takuya Fujima||January 2008 – August 2009|
|School Rumble Z||Jin Kobayashi||August 2008 – May 2009|
|Boys Be... Next Season||Masahiro Itabashi (story), Hiroyuki Tamakoshi (art)||November 2009 – March 2012|
|Tsubasa World Chronicle: Nirai Kanai-hen||Clamp||August 2014 – March 2016|
- "Boy's Manga". Japanese Magazine Publishers Association (in Japanese). September 2016. Retrieved November 6, 2016.
- "Archived copy" 雑誌基本：少年マガジンSPECIAL（週刊少年マガジン増刊）（講談社 ∥ コウダンシャ. Media Arts Database via Agency for Cultural Affairs (in Japanese). Archived from the original on March 4, 2018. Retrieved August 3, 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- "Kodansha's Magazine Special to Cease Publication in January". Anime News Network. August 3, 2016. Retrieved August 3, 2016.
- Official website (in Japanese)
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