The back covers of this year’s 31st and 32nd issues of Shueisha‘s Weekly Shonen Jump both list Hiroyuki Nakano as the editor-in-chief of the magazine instead of Yoshihisa Heishi. Heishi became editor-in-chief of Weekly Shonen Jump in 2011 after Hisashi Sasaki stepped down from the role. Heishi is the 10th editor-in-chief of the magazine. Both issues additionally list Heishi as the magazine’s publisher.
ANN reached out to Viz Media for confirmation on the change, but the company didn’t respond by press time.
Weekly Shonen Jump launched in 1968 and is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. As part of the anniversary, the magazine is reprinting its first ever issue on July 15, in a pack alongside an issue from 1995 that was the biggest circulated issue ever with a total of 6.53 million copies. Shueisha will publish two other packs in August and September, featuring the first issues that serialized One Piece and JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure (in the August pack), and issues that feature pivotal chapters of Fist of the North Star and Dragon Ball (in the September pack).
This year’s 33rd issue of the magazine on July 15 will be a commemoration issue celebrating the 20th anniversary of One Piece.