Happy Birthday, Osamu Tezuka, the God of Manga!

Creator of Astro Boy, Black Jack and more turns 83

Osamu Tezuka may have passed in 1989, but the God of Manga's legacy lives on through his work. In fact, it's never been stronger, with top notch releases from pubs like Vertical Inc., so we at CR News wish him the happiest of birthdays.

 

The marvelous manga achievements of Osamu Tezuka—born on November 3, 1928—have been well-documented in books such as Fred Schodt's The Astro Boy Essays and Helen McCarthy's immaculately packaged The Art of Osamu Tezuka.

 

 

But there's no better way to celebrate the man's mastery than actually sitting down and popping open one of his works. The options are plentiful, too—from action-adventure serials like Dororo to darker, more adult one-shots like The Book of Human Insects and Ayako—and shelves nationwide have most recently been graced with the first volume of seminal shojo work Princess Knight

 

 

And let's not forget his profound influence on anime, as well! Just think of where your favorite 'toons, both in Japan and the world over, would be without Tezuka. 

 

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Thankfully, we don't live in a world where we have to imagine how the winding roads of our hobby would have turned out without his pioneering pavement. So, whether you're popping open the latest volume of Black Jack, or just watchin' some good ol' cartoons, join us in a tip of the hat to the master.

 

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