Dragon Ball was first published in 1984. The manga ran for 11 years till 1995. I was written and illustrated by Akira Toriyama. The original story was based off the Chinese classic Journey to the West. Dragon Ball has spawned five individual animes, that span 710 episodes and the current one is still airing with new episodes coming out weekly. There are multiple spin off manga series as well. There are 19 anime films and 8 tv specials. There are 40+ video games. Then there are all the sound tracks for all of the properties. There are more art and companion books then any one could count. If you haven’t noticed Dragon Ball is kind of a big deal.