Osamu Tezuka

手塚治虫
Place of birth: Toyonaka City Osaka Prefecture Japan Date of death: February 9 1989 Osamu Tezuka was a great Japanese cartoonist and Doctor of Medicine. Osamu started his career as a comic artist in 1946 with Machan no Nikkicho Machans Diary for the childrens magazine Mainichi Shogakusei Shinbun while he was a student at Osaka University. His first bestselling comic Shin Takarajima New Treasure Island appeared in 1947 followed three years later by Jungle Taitei which was published in MangaShonen. From a very young age Osamu Tezuka had been a great fan of Disney animation. Tezuka was also very successful in the animation field. Not only did he do the first TV show of animated cartoons Astroboy 1963 but he also produced the first Japanese color TV series Jungle Tatei 1965. Influenced by Disney and old movies Tezuka has in turn influenced countless numbers of Japanese cartoonists. Tezukas works are being reprinted again and again earning him the undisputed title of King of Japanese Comics. In 1994 the city of Takarazuka where he grew up inaugurated the Osamu Tezuka Museum of Comic Art. And in 1997 postage stamps with his artwork were sold in Japan. In 1971 the semiannual Tezuka awards were established by the magazine Weekly Shonen Jump. In 1997 a different award named after Tezuka namely the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize was brought into life. The impact Tezuka has had on Japanese comics is almost impossible to exaggerate because he created the present form of the medium. Maybe it stems from his medical education or from the Japanese character but Tezuka had an enormous respect for life. This respect is a theme that can be traced throughout his work the most important being Phoenix. He has reportedly made about 150000 comic strips in his life and has been awarded many prizes for his efforts. Some of Tezukas work has been translated into English which is very laborious since the Japanese read from right to left. Other characters Osamu Tezuka created include Unico and Kimba. In 1989 an asteroid was named after Tezuka. In 2016 Toshio Ban one of Tezukas former assistants published a 900 page biography The Osamu Tezuka Story: A Life in Manga and Anime drawn in a manga style. He is often credited as the Godfather of Manga and is considered the Japanese equivalent to Walt Disney who served as a major inspiration during his formative years. His prolific output pioneering techniques and innovative redefinitions of genres earned him such titles as the father of manga and the god of comics. Sources: MangaUpdates Wikipedia
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