Originally serialized from January and May, 1955 in the pages of the girl's monthly, Girl Friend, Tezuka's Red Snow (1955) is one of his lesser-known shojo adventure tales.
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Tezuka's Faust (1950) was originally published as a stand-alone book by Fuji Shobo on Januauary 15, 1950. An adaptation of Goethe's Faust, it is Tezuka's first foray into re-imagining classic literature as manga.
Tezuka's sci-fi tale about a race of alien cat-people, Shammy 1000 (1968) was originally serialized over the course of six months in High School Course 1 from April to September, 1968.
Lost World (1948), the opening act in Osamu Tezuka's early "science-fiction trilogy", was originally published by Fuji Shobo as as a book-length adventure split into two parts. Both Volume 1 (subtitled "The Earth") and Volume 2 (subtitled "The Universe") both hit the shelves at the same time on December 20, 1948.
Tezuka's adventures of a child disguised in the body of an adult, The Marvelous Melmo (1970-72), began its serialization in First Grader in September 1970. The feature proved popular enough that in May 1971 it also began appearing in a sister-magazine known as Good Child, and would continue running in both until the series came to a close in March 1972. Originally known as Mama-chan, the series' name was changed in October 1971 due to a difficulty in securing a trademark.
Tezuka's samurai-era short tale of revenge and redemption, Tales of Summer Grass (1954) was originally published in the June 1954 issue of Manga Shonen.
As a tie-in to the Jungle Emperor (1965-66) television show, Leo the Lion Cub (1965-67), was simultaneously published on a monthly schedule by Shogakukan in both Kindergartener and First Grader from April 1965 to March 1967 and (presumably as the readership got older) in both Third Grader and Fourth Grader from May to November 1966.
Although the stories featured in this anthology cover a wide range of topics - from military-style drama, to forbidden love, to assassination plot thrillers to space hippies - they share a general similarity in terms of style and tone. For the most part each of the stories represents a morality play that explores some deeper part of the human psyche.
One day, when they are caught in a sudden spring downpour, a young man suggests to Rika Ayano, a beautiful young woman he's just met, that they ride out the storm in a nearby coffee shop.
A very large, and important section of Tezuka's manga catelogue are his short stories. With an imagination as active as his, the need for creative output would often outpace his ability to incorporate his ideas into his longer story-form manga serials.