Shōnen Sunday was first published on Tuesday, March 17, 1959, the same day as its rival Shōnen Magazine. The debut issue featured Shigeo Nagashima, the star player of the Yomiuri Giants on the cover, and a congratulatory article by Isoko Hatano, a noted child psychologist.
Despite its name, Shōnen Sunday is published on Wednesdays of each week. The "Sunday" in the name was the creation of its first editor, Kiichi Toyoda, who wanted the title to be evocative of a relaxing weekend.
Shōnen Sunday's distinctive "pointing finger" that appears in the lower corner of every page on the left side of the magazine made its subtle debut in the 4/5 issue from 1969. This understated feature, ever present but easily overlooked, was referenced as a plot element in 20th Century Boys. Sunday's more noticeable mascot, a helmeted fish debuted in the 1980s.
Prior to the 1990s and 2000s no serial in Shōnen Sunday had run over 40 volumes, but that began to change with series such as Meitantei Conan, MAJOR, InuYasha, and Karakuri Circus, which maintained a high level of popularity. Consequently, another change that has met with mixed feelings is the early discontinuation of series by non-veteran mangaka which has led to newer artists, Kōji Kumeta for example, leaving for other publishers' magazines.
In a rare event due to the closeness of the two magazine's founding dates, Weekly Shōnen Sunday and Weekly Shōnen Magazine released a special combined issue on March 19, 2008. In addition, other commemorative events, merchandise, and manga crossovers were planned for the following year as part of the celebrations.
Currently running manga-series
|Arago -London Shikei Tokushu Hanzai Sousakan- (アラゴ -ロンドン市警特殊犯罪捜査官-?)||Takahiro Arai||December 2009|
|Arata Kangatari ~Engaku Kougatari~ (アラタ カンガタリ〜革神語〜?)||Yuu Watase||October 2008|
|Defense Devil (ディフェンスデビル?)||Youn In-wan, Yang Kyung-il||April 2009|
|Dennō Yūki Club (電脳遊戯クラブ?)||Shin Ogasawara||June 2009|
|Gekkō Jōrei (月光条例?)||Kazuhiro Fujita||March 2008|
|Hajimete no Aku (はじめてのあく?)||Shun Fujiki||January 2009|
|Hayate no Gotoku! (ハヤテのごとく!?)||Kenjiro Hata||October 2004|
|Kaitai Shinsho Ø (怪体真書Ø?)||Chiyo Kenmotsu||March 2010|
|Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai (神のみぞ知るセカイ?)||Tamiki Wakaki||April 2008|
|Kekkaishi (結界師?)||Yellow Tanabe||November 2003|
|King Golf (キングゴルフ?)||Masaki Tani, Ken Sasaki||August 2008|
|Kunisaki Izumo no Jijō (國崎出雲の事情?)||Aya Hirakawa||January 2010|
|Kyōkai no Rinne (境界のRINNE?)||Rumiko Takahashi||April 2009|
|Magi (マギ?)||Shinobu Ohtaka||June 2009|
|Meitantei Conan (名探偵コナン?)||Gosho Aoyama||January 1994|
|Mixim☆11 (ミクシム☆イレブン?)||Nobuyuki Anzai||April 2008|
|Onidere (オニデレ?)||Crystal na Yōsuke||April 2008|
|Saijō no Meii ~The King of Neet~ (最上の明医～ザ・キング・オブ・ニート～?)||Irie Kenzou, Takashi Hashiguchi||March 2010|
|Sengoku Yatagarasu (戦国八咫烏?)||Hirokazu Kobayashi||May 2010|
|Shijō Saikyō no Deshi Kenichi (史上最強の弟子ケンイチ?)||Shun Matsuena||April 2002|
|T.R.A.P. (トラップ?)||Eko Tamatoya||March 2010|
|Tsuuru! (ツール!?)||Osamu Kurimura, Akira Ootani||November 2009|
|Zettai Karen Children (絶対可憐チルドレン?)||Takashi Shiina||July 2004|
Other well-known Sunday series
In its nearly fifty year history Shōnen Sunday has been host to many series that are considered classics of their genre. From the works of Osamu Tezuka and Shotaro Ishinomori to Rumiko Takahashi, Mitsuru Adachi and Gosho Aoyama, some of the biggest names in the industry have called Shōnen Sunday their home.
- 2000 - 2.02 million
- 2002 - 1.53 million
- 2003 - 1.31 million
- 2004 - 1.16 million
- 2005 - 1.06 million
- 2006 - 1.01 million
- 2007 - 0.94 million
- 2008 - 873,438
- 2009 - 773,062
- 1991 - 1993
- Takashi Hirayama
- 1994 - 2000
- Toyohiko Okuyama
- 2000 - 2002
- Shinichiro Tsuzuki
- 2002 - 2004
- Shinichi Mikami
- Masato Hayashi 
- Shonen Star - Indonesia
North American edition
Anime News Network also confirmed that Viz Media plans on launching Shonen Sunday titles in the U.S. Starting with Rumiko Takahashi's Rin-ne manga adaptation, which will be released on October 20, 2009. They also plan on announcing future titles during the upcoming San Diego Comic Con
- "Shōnen Sunday's 50th Anniversary". Rumic World. April 13, 2008.
- "Shōnen Magazine Shōnen Sunday Mark 50th Anniversary". Anime News Network. March 22, 2008.
- "週刊少年サンデー". Wikipedia.org. November 9, 2007.
- "Where's The Manga Magazine Bailout?". Manga Cast. 2009-02-22. Retrieved 2010-02-04.
- "2009 Japanese Manga Magazine Circulation Numbers". Anime News Network. 2010-01-18. Retrieved 2010-02-04.
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