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The pioneering genius of Japan’s “God of Comics,�? Osamu Tezuka (1928–89), is examined through his life’s masterwork: Tetsuwan Atomu, also known as Mighty Atom or Astro Boy, a comic series featuring a cute little android who yearns to be more human. The history of Tetsuwan Atomu and Tezuka’s role in it is a road map to understanding the development of new media in Japan and the United States. Topics include Tezuka’s life, the art of animation, the connection between fantasy robots and technology, spin-offs, and Astro Boy’s cultural impact.Frederik L. Schodt is a translator and author of numerous books about Japan, including Manga! Manga! and Dreamland Japan. He often served as Osamu Tezuka’s English interpreter. In 2009 he was received the The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette for his contribution to the introduction and promotion of Japanese contemporary popular culture.

God of Comics

Osamu Tezuka and the Creation of Post-World War II Manga

Natsu Onoda Power

Publication Year: 2009

Cartoonist Osamu Tezuka (1928-1989) is the single most important figure in Japanese post-World War II comics. During his four-decade career, Tezuka published more than 150,000 pages of comics, produced animation films, wrote essays and short fiction, and earned a Ph.D. in medicine. Along with creating the character Astro Boy (Mighty Atom in Japan), he is best known for establishing story comics as the mainstream genre in the Japanese comic book industry, creating narratives with cinematic flow and complex characters. This style influenced all subsequent Japanese output. God of Comics chronicles Tezuka's life and works, placing his creations both in the cultural climate and in the history of Japanese comics.The book emphasizes Tezuka's use of intertextuality. His works are filled with quotations from other texts and cultural products, such as film, theater, opera, and literature. Often, these quoted texts and images bring with them a world of meanings, enriching the narrative. Tezuka also used stock characters and recurrent visual jokes as a way of creating a coherent world that encompasses all of his works.God of Comics includes close analysis of Tezuka's lesser-known works, many of which have never been translated into English. It offers one of the first in-depth studies of Tezuka's oeuvre to be published in English.

Published by: University Press of Mississippi

Notes on Japanese Names, Titles, and Reading Order

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pp. xi-xiv

Chapter 1. Introduction and Some Definitions

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pp. 3-18

Chapter 2. Tezuka in History/History in Tezuka

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pp. 19-37

Chapter 5. Communities and Competitions

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pp. 89-110

Chapter 6. Sapphire and Other Heroines

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pp. 111-127

Chapter 7. Tormenting Affairs with Animation

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pp. 129-139

Chapter 8. Low Humor/High Drama, the Two Faces of Adult Comics

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pp. 140-151

Chapter 9. God of Comics, Master of Quotations

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pp. 152-170

E-ISBN-13: 9781604734782
E-ISBN-10: 1604734787
Print-ISBN-13: 9781604732207
Print-ISBN-10: 1604732202

Page Count: 208
Publication Year: 2009

OCLC Number: 826516867
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