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Black Belt: The First 100 Issues
Black Belt: The First 100 Issues

Black Belt: The First 100 Issues

Covers and Highlights 1961–1972

Black Belt Covers and Highlights


208 Pages, 10 x 12

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $34.95 (US $34.95) (CA $38.95)

Publication Date: April 2009

ISBN 9780897501736

Rights: WOR

Black Belt Communications (Apr 2009)

Price: $34.95


Powerful images from a momentous time in martial-arts history

The first 100 vintage covers from one of the longest-running and most significant martial-arts magazines are presented in this incredible album. Showcasing the genesis and evolution of the publication, this retrospective cover art—which includes such fighting and acting legends as Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, Morihei Uyeshiba, Sean Connery, Gene LeBell, and Toshiro Mifune—offers a glimpse into its foundational years. Written summaries of notable articles, quotes and advertisements in each issue complement the images and speak to the increased worldwide influence of the arts, as well as underline the diversity that comprises the industry. A history as well as cultural study, this magnificent collection documents the martial-arts heroes, philosophies, and traditions that are still influencing artists today.

Author Biography

Black Belt is the world’s leading martial-arts magazine and is dedicated to classical and modern martial arts. First published in 1961, the magazine features interviews with the world’s most prestigious martial artists; in-depth coverage of the latest techniques, weapons, self-defense systems, training regimens, and industry trends; and historical pieces on the philosophies of various combat styles. They are located in Valencia, California.