This story relates how I got up on my feet. Not in the physical term, but how I went from adolescence to adulthood.

—Johnny Joestar, SBR Chapter 3

Steel Ball Run (スティール・ボール・ラン Sutīru Bōru Ran) is the seventh part of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump in 2004 and in Ultra Jump between 2005 and 2011.


Ultra Jump May 2011

Steel Ball Run featured on the cover of Ultra Jump.

Set in the U.S. in 1890-1891, the story follows Johnny Joestar, a paraplegic ex-jockey, and Gyro Zeppeli, master in a mystic art named the Spin, as they compete with a vast number of others in the Steel Ball Run race: a mad-dash across America for a grand prize of 50 million dollars.

Steel Ball Run describes a new continuity apart from that detailed in Part 1-6 of the series. On top of core features to JoJo such as Stands, the story is marked by many references to the original series.

Major Battles




  • Part 7 marks the first time since Battle Tendency that a Zeppeli is featured.
  • During it's initial serialization in Weekly Shōnen Jump, Steel Ball Run was categorized as a different series without the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure title. The change was a request from the editorial department in an attempt to attract reader attention by introducing a "new series."[1] This was undone when the series moved to Ultra Jump in 2005.
    • Araki has mentioned that, despite the name alternation, he wrote Steel Ball Run as the seventh part of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure from the start.[1][2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 JOJOVELLER: [HISTORY] - P 153 - 154
  2. SBR Volume 1: Author's Note

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