Over the years, Osamu Tezuka's manga have appeared in dozens of different publications. This is a look at a few of the most prominent ones.
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In 1977 Kodansha approached Osamu Tezuka with a proposal to publish a complete library of nearly all his manga works. Although Tezuka was at first resistant to the idea (after all, it had been tried before and failed), Kodansha was insistent.
Although Osamu Tezuka got his beginnings as a manga artist, in some ways it can be seen as a means to an end - and that being animation. In fact, Tezuka himself has been famously quoted as saying that while manga was his "wife", animation was his "mistress", and one that he simply could not stop himself from returning to.
Although Tezuka spent the last decade of his life primarily focused on his award-winning work in experimental animation, there are still several important manga series of note.
With the failure of the company he founded, Mushi Productions, much of Tezuka's work in the 1970s reflects his darker mood. Despite this, and indeed because of it, the 1970s really show Tezuka at his best.
The 1960s see Tezuka hit his artistic stride. Although throughout the decade much of his energy was devoted to getting his animation, both artistic and commercial, off the ground, in his manga work his storytelling and artwork show a maturity that only comes from years of experience.
The 1950s feature the first of Osamu Tezuka's works where the artwork, though still showing its Disney-esque roots, catches up to his storytelling.
The 1940s feature the works of Osamu Tezuka’s youthful exhuberance – those that pave the way for modern manga and show just a hint of his later genius.
From the late 1940's to the the late 1980's, Osamu Tezuka was instrumental in developing (if not downright creating) almost every genre of manga possible.
Osamu Tezuka (手塚 治虫) was born on November 3, 1928 and died on February 9, 1989, but it is what happened in between that is really important.