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‘Doraemon’ Cartoonist Fujio F. Fujiko Dies at 62

September 23, 1996 GMT

TOKYO (AP) _ Japanese cartoonist Fujio F. Fujiko, the co-creator of the ``Doraemon″ children’s comic, died of liver failure Monday at a Tokyo hospital, a spokesman for the family said. He was 62.

Fujiko, whose real name was Hiroshi Fujimoto, was known worldwide for Doraemon, a magical robot cat comparable in popularity in Japan to Mickey Mouse.

Fujiko met Motoo Abiko, another cartoonist, when he was in elementary school, and their first hit comic was ``Obake no Kyutaro,″ about a flying ghost, in 1964.

They followed with more popular series, including Doraemon, which won fans in Japan and abroad. The books sold tens of millions of copies.

Many of the comics were made into animated TV programs and movies.

Fujiko is survived by his wife, Masako, and three daughters.