Publisher/retailer PictureBox Books has listed three innovative works of manga now planned for English release this fall.
Osamu Tezuka's The Mysterious Underground Men is a 1947, pre-Astro Boy work from the pioneering "God of Manga." The book will be part of their Ten Cent Manga collection of post war manga.
While Tezuka Osamu's New Treasure Island (1946-47) was the first major hit for the "god of manga," the artist himself regarded a later book the first of his signature "story manga." Originally published in Osaka in 1948, The Mysterious Underground Men tells the story of Mimio the talking rabbit, as he struggles to prove his humanity while helping his friends save earth from an invasion of angry humanoid ants. Inspired by Bernhard Kellermann's Der Tunnel (1913) and drawing widely on European and American science fiction, as well as Milt Gross' own pioneering "graphic novel," He Done Her Wrong (1930), this full-color edition of The Mysterious Underground Men will not only introduce to English-language readers a founding monument in modern Japanese comics. It will also offer a rare glimpse at the wide-ranging Western cultural sources that made up young Tezuka's world.
Seiichi Hayashi's Gold Pollen and Other Stories collects "gorgeous and searing" late-1960s short stories from pivotal alternative magazine Garo.
Seiichi Hayashi's Red Colored Elegy was previously released by Drawn and Quarterly.
Yuichi Yokoyama's World Map Room - a new work from artist of unique, strikingly geometric New Engineering and The Wilco Book.