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istory The original Lupin stories were entitled Arsene Lupin Gentleman Thief written in the early 1900s by the French author Maurice LeBlanc Some of these stories have been translated into English and have been printed by Penguin Books Arsene Lupin was the underworlds version of Sherlock Holmes All of his exploits are related to a reporter who then repeats them in his newspaper articles Usually Arsene would alert his wealthy victim by attaching a note and a list to the door of the mansion The target could either turn over all of the expensive works of art given in the list or risk having Arsene take EVERYTHING in the mansion Usually the police would be notified the inept Inspector would fail to stop Arsene and Arsene would use some ingenious trick to get inside the mansion and steal the goods In fact in one story Sherlock Holmes is brought in to stop the crime and fails All Sherlock can do is figure out how it was done after the fact Monkey Punch This is the pen name used by Katou Kazuhikothe Japanese creator of Lupin III He started the manga in 1967 in Manga Action Weekly along with another title Pinky Punky and went on to direct some of his own anime including the strange movie Scoopers Monkey Punch is still alive and active in Tokyo Recently he started his own WWW page called The Knockout Lounge Japanese and English versions Point your browser to httpwwwmonkeypunchcom Copyright Problems At the time Japan did not enforce trade copyrights so when Monkey Punch created Lupin III there was no problem when he neglected to notify LeBlancs estate that he planned on using the name Arsene Lupin in his stories However the estate has objected to this plagiarism which has caused Streamline and AnimEigo problems in finding some acceptable alternative to Lupin in their English translations The Wolf and Rupan To get
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