The book or Goku has its origins with the monkey king of The Journey to the West (Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature). At least that is what my Korean friend told me as I haven't read the Journey to the West.
This comic book is old but is quite famous in China, Japan and Korea. Most of them know the story very well. I got really curious on why this is such a hit that is why I checked it out.
I found it really entertaining. Its has a lot of humor especially with Goku. The animation version did not show all the humor in the books as most humor are on the "pervert side." Goku's master Roshi is such a pervert.