Gorgeous Irene (ゴージャス★アイリン Gōjasu ★ Airin) is a short Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Hirohiko Araki and was published by Shueisha in Weekly Shōnen Jump from 1984 to 1985. The manga is split into 2 chapters, each with around 40 pages.
Irene is a professional assassin who is able to transform into any type of woman using her 'make-up' power, but instead of killing in cold blood, she uses her abilities for good.
- One of Irene's abilities is to fling her fake nails at her opponents; possibly an inspiration for Part 7' s Johnny Joestar's stand ability.
- Several of the characters in the manga have similar appearances and were probable influences of those from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure:
- Araki admits to be embarrassed of Irene's character since it reflects his "ignorance of women" during his youth, portraying stereotypes and even brief nudity. He was only able to realize this prior to his marriage.
- JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven contains a reference to Gorgeous Irene, as the title of an opera advertised in the Naples Station stage.
- Jolyne's counterpart's name is inspired by this manga.
- In Chapter 1 of Phantom Blood, Dio Brando is seen reading a book bearing the title "Gorgeous Irene" as a self-reference.
Jump Remix (Mook)In 2007, as part of their Shueisha JUMP REMIX series (集英社ジャンプリミックス Shūeisha Janpu Rimixxu), Weekly Shonen Jump released a large square-bound phone-book sized version of Gorgeous Irene (Mook). The book has the exact same content from the original, but is larger in size and given a new cover drawn by Araki.
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