The Lyrica version of Unico was originally published from November 1976 to March 1979 in Sanrio’s Lyrica Magazine. After which, they have republished the comic throughout the years and in several languages. Below is a list of publications for this specific comic and includes book and magazine releases. If there are multiple books or issues, the information and images will be on their individual pages.
First Grader Version
After the Lyrica Magazine was discontinued, Sanrio returned the rights to all creators to allow them to publish elsewhere if they chose. Osamu Tezuka continued Unico, but in a new magazine and format. Instead of comics geared towards young girls, now they were for young children and published in First Grader Magazine (Shougaku Ichinensei). Unico was published in the magazine from April 1980 to January 1984. Like the original comic, they have also republished the First Grader version over the years.
Several children’s books were made and feature different reading levels. These were not comics, but picture books with plenty of wonderful art and text. There are also beginning level books for ages 0 to 3 that Unico, his friends, and other Tezuka characters appear in.
|1981||Unico – Movie Hard Cover Book by Sanrio|
|1981||Sanrio Anime Picture Book by Hikari no Kuni/Sanrio|
|1983||Unico to the Island of Magic Movie Hard Cover by Sanrio|
|1985||Osamu Tezuka Anime Masterpiece Collection by Kodansha|
|1991||Sumisei Children’s Library Series by Sumitomo Seimei/Tezuka Production|
|2005||Dr. Pinoko’s Forest Adventure Picture Book|
|2023||Unico: Awakening (Kickstarter Version)|
|2024||Unico: Awakening by Scholastic’s Graphix Imprint|
This section features other Unico related books that don’t fit the previous categories. This is where you’ll find the gift books, scenario collections, and more.
|1977 – 1978||Gift Books by Sanrio|
|1996||Osamu Tezuka Manga Complete Works – Osamu Tezuka Scenario Collection by Kodansha|
|2011||Osamu Tezuka The Treasure Box of Science Fictions & Novels|
|2017||Osamu Tezuka Scenario Aggregation|