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Sakai Shichima and Tezuka Osamu, New Treasure Island (1946-47), cover.

Tezuka Osamu Outwits the Phantom Blot: The Case of New Treasure Island cont’d

Osamu Tezuka, Sakai Shichima and the complicated history of a manga classic. Continue reading

 
Sakai Shichima & Tezuka Osamu, New Treasure Island (January 1947), cover.

Manga Finds Pirate Gold: The Case of New Treasure Island

One history of postwar manga might begin in Burbank in the late 1930s and early 40s, amidst the trials and tribulations of the Disney Studio after the outbreak of World War II in Europe. Continue reading

 
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The Aomushi Showa Manga Library

The best place in all of Manga Land: A spacious and atmospheric treasure trove of postwar comics. Continue reading

 
Tezuka Osamu, The Streamline Case (October 1948), cover.

Tezuka Osamu and American Comics

Tezuka was a comic book artist, first and foremost, his dreams and later successes with animation notwithstanding. And as a comic book artist it would only make sense if comic books were his strongest influence, which indeed they were. Continue reading

 
Shin Seinen (May 1927), special Nonsense issue, cover by Matsuno Kazuo

Sugiura Shigeru’s Sense of Humor

Can you identify these early comic strip sources? Continue reading

 
Tezuka Osamu, Manga College (August 1950), cover.

Tezuka Osamu & The Rectification of Mickey

Tezuka, Disney, and languages of cartooning and reproduction. Continue reading

 
Kitazawa Rakuten, High Collar Puck, special issue of Tokyo Puck (April 1905), cover.

Guns & Butter

Now, it is time to reset this column. It’s not about alternative manga. It started out thinking it was but now it’s changing. Continue reading

 
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The Bottom of a Bottomless Barrel: Introducing Akahon Manga

A new discovery and a shit-eating grin. Continue reading