‘Osamu Tezuka, the God of Manga’ offers nearly 200 original works by the Japanese artist Osamu Tezuka, known as the God of Manga due to his contribution to Japanese cartoon strips.
Tezuka is an essential creator for understanding the evolution of Japanese comics after World War II, and also one of the most important authors of comics of all time.
In 1947, the manga Shin Takarajima (published in English as New Treasure Island) became a success. Tezuka’s work was surprising due to its highly innovative visual narrative, inspired by cinema and animation and offering a speed and movement seldom seen in comic books.
His influence was very important for a series of authors who led the manga industry over the following decades: names such as the duet Fujiko Fujio (creators of Doraemon), Shotaro Ishinomori and Yoshihiro Tatsumi. This influence can still be found today.
Tezuka’s creations include authentic icons of manga and Japanese animation such as Astro Boy, The Princess Knight and Kimba, the White Lion. He also worked on more adult characters: Adolf, Buddha, Phoenix, and one of his last major characters, the surgeon Black Jack.