The creator of the Captain Tsubasa (Super Champions) franchise, Youichi Takahashi, did some illustrations for the premiere of the 2019 documentary produced by Asif Kapadia, “Diego Maradona,” which chronicles the eventful life of the late Argentine soccer player, Diego Maradona.
Takahashi made two illustrations for the documentary. According to his statement, the first depicts Maradona enjoying the cheers of the crowd after his team won the World Cup in the Mexico '86 edition, while the second illustration shows the “famous rebase of five players ”. The latter probably refers to the moment when Maradona passed five English players in a single run to score a goal during Argentina's game against England at the 1986 World Cup.
By carefully watching the video of this move, you can spot the exact frame that surely inspired Takahashi's illustration - proof of how skillfully the author captured position and movement, surely the product of all his years as an artist.
The author also noted that Maradona's abilities and personality also influenced himself and his creations. “The famous five-man passing and many other fantastic plays had a great impact on Tsubasa Ozora's style of play. In particular, I modeled the character of Juan Diaz directly based on Maradona, including his style of play and his personality ”, commented the author.
Finally, this documentary will be released in theaters in Japan on February 5. It is worth mentioning that the 130-minute feature film was previously released through the HBO platform in October 2019 as part of its video-on-demand service.
Source: Comic Natalie
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