Eiichiro Oda began his manga career at the age of 17, when his one-shot cowboy manga Wanted! won second place in the coveted Tezuka manga awards. Oda went on to work as an assistant to some of the biggest manga artists in the industry, including Nobuhiro Watsuki, before winning the Hop Step Award for new artists. His pirate adventure One Piece, which debuted in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in 1997, quickly became one of the most popular manga in Japan."CAROLE HABER is Professor of History at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte and the author of Beyond Sixty-Five: The Dilemma of Old Age in America's Past. BRIAN GRATTON is Associate Professor of History at Arizona State University and author of Urban Elders.