“The Art of Osamu Tezuka: God of Manga”

The Art of Osamu Tezuka

Today is what would have been the 82nd birthday of Osamu Tezuka, the creator of Astro Boy and Kimba the White Lion. Fittingly, a book I’d ordered from Amazon just arrived in the mail: The Art of Osamu Tezuka: God of Manga by Helen McCarthy. The book is deeply discounted on Amazon right now–only $16.59–and includes a dvd with a rare 1985 Japanese documentary about the artist. It’s a classy looking package and the most comprehensive overview of Tezuka’s life I’ve seen in English. The book doesn’t appear to focus as much on his animation work as I would have liked, but that’s understandable given that it’s an overview of Tezuka’s entire career, the greater portion of which took place in the realm of comics.


  • Scarabim

    I purchased that book after seeing the Astro Boy movie. The book, like the movie, is a real treat, well-researched and loaded with great art. The DVD is fascinating. (And it sparked my interest in rice cakes, yum!)Anybody who likes manga, or just good comics, should get the book. It’s an intriguing look at a great (and incredibly prolific) artist.

  • http://www.animationinsider.net/ Aaron H. Bynum

    McCarthy definitely knows her Tezuka stuff. This book has been on my reading list for a while, so I do hope to get my hands on it eventually. It sounds like McCarthy takes a look at Tezuka’s body of work on the whole. A couple of years ago, manga scholar Fred Schodt wrote THE ASTRO BOY ESSAYS, which was an excellent biography of Tezuka and his influence on the manga/anime subculture. McCarthy’s book should help round out my library well.

  • http://johnpannozzi.blogspot.com John Pannozzi

    I have that book. It’s pretty fracking awesome.

  • Mister Twister

    Being an owner of “Unfiltered: The Complete Ralph Bakshi”, I can see this book is just as amazing.

    Will buy.

  • udx

    Anything that’s related to the Adventures of Unico?

    • Chris Sobieniak

      We can only hope. I had to pick up a copy of the first volume of that manga, but it doesn’t come easy (copies go for hundreds on eBay).