Over the years, Osamu Tezuka’s manga have appeared in dozens of different publications. Although he did many stand-alone books (especially early in his career), his manga most often first appeared in anthology titles (alongside stories written by other artists). In these low-quality newsprint editions – usually several hundred pages thick – Tezuka’s manga was dolled out at a rate of a few pages each week or month. Formats varied widely, and included both ongoing and chapter-based serials, as well as loosely-connected (usually by theme or tone) and one-off short-stories. Occaisionally, mostly around seasonal or other special occasions, they included mid-length stories in special editions and/or supplemental inserts.
As such, these publications represent an important part of Tezuka’s work. For those only familiar with Tezuka’s manga as they appear in later, higher-quality, collected editions, it is difficult to grasp the complexity and demands of working within this system. Not only was Tezuka extremely prolific in this manga production, he was constantly switching gears. In any given month, it was not unusual to find Tezuka manga in any number of publications – from shōnen manga appearing in Weekly Shonen Champion, shōjo manga appearing in Good Friend and seinen manga appearing in Big Comic. With only a few pages of each story published each week, Tezuka was forced to work on several distinct stories at the same time, and constantly under the pressure of a deadline. One wonders how he could keep it all straight!
In this section you will find information about some, but not all, of the weekly and/or monthly manga publications that have serialized his work on a consistent basis.