Osamu Tezuka

手塚治虫, Osamushi Tezuka, 手塚おさむし
Birth:Nov 3, 1928
Death:Feb 9, 1989
Years active:1946-1988
Hometown:Toyonaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
Blood Type:A
Official Websitehttps://tezukaosamu.net Osamu Tezuka was a legendary Japanese Mangaka and Doctor of Medicine. Tezuka made his manga debut in 1946 with The Diary of Machanhttps://anilist.co/manga/52202 Machan no Nikkicho for the childrens newspaper Mainichi Shogakusei Shinbun Mainichi Elementary Schoolchildrens Newspaper while he was a student at Osaka University. His breakout work New Treasure Islandhttps://anilist.co/manga/41273 Shin Takarajima was in 1947 followed three years later by Jungle Emperorhttps://anilist.co/manga/31771 Jungle Taitei which was serialized 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 anime Astroboyhttps://anilist.co/anime/2747 1963 but he also produced the first Japanese color anime series Jungle Emperorhttps://anilist.co/anime/1572 1965. Influenced by Disney and old movies Tezuka has in turn influenced countless numbers of Japanese mangaka. Tezukas works are being reprinted again and again earning him the undisputed title of God of Manga. In 1994 the city of Takarazuka where he grew up inaugurated The Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum. 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 Osamu Tezuka Cultural Prize was brought into life. The impact Tezuka has had on Japanese Manga 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 reflected in his lifes work Phoenixhttps://anilist.co/manga/31325. He has reportedly made about 150000 pages of manga in his life and has been awarded many prizes for his efforts. Many of Tezukas work have been translated into English as well as French Italian Korean and so forth. Other characters Osamu Tezuka created include Unicohttps://anilist.co/manga/47240 and Black Jackhttps://anilist.co/manga/31600. In 1989 an asteroid was named after Tezuka and Toshio Banhttps://anilist.co/staff/127281 one of Tezukas former assistants serialized a manga biography entitled The Osamu Tezuka Story Osamu Tezuka Monogatari and it was released in English in 2016. He is considered the Japanese equivalent to Walt Disneyhttps://anilist.co/staff/139600 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 Godfather of Manga. Sources: MangaUpdates Wikipedia