‘Clockwork Orange’ manga: “Outer Alec” (アウターレック）
Not going to give a lot of background here, but the other day I got a chance to flip through a 1973 issue of the Japanese weekly shounen (boy’s) manga magazine Shounen Jump. While perusing this, I came across what appeared to be a manga-style Alex deLarge lookalike:
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This manga is called “アウターレック” which transliterates to “Outer Leck” or “Outer Alec” (I’ve seen it written as both アウターレック and あうたあれっく, but people in the manga seem to call the main character “Leck” [レック] most of the time.) “Outer Leck” seems to be a sci-fi story packed with (ultra-)violence – Leck is some kind of wanted criminal with a price on his head.
Leck’s appearance (bowler hat, haircut, and dark false bottom-eyelashes) heavily resembles that worn by A Clockwork Orange‘s hero Alex deLarge in Stanley Kubrick’s 1971 film version of the novel, and his name (with adjustments for odd Japanese transliteration) is similar to Alex, which is アレックス in Japanese. The manga came out in 1973, so similarities to the film are likely far more than coincedental – Leck even has a cane-sword almost exactly like Alex’s.
This manga is virtually unknown and was never issued in tankoubon (book compilations which re-publish the story outside of the magazine). The only info I can find is in Japanese, and has not told me much. This manga only ran for 19 issues in 1973 (Shonen Jump 1973 #8-27) and was written by the author of the popular series “Worst,” Koutarou Komuro.
This comic constitutes another example of A Clockwork Orange‘s widespread international influence. It’s an interesting find, indeed, and I only wish there were some way that I could read this manga.