Tag Archives: Osamu Tezuka


Katie Skelly on The Book of Human Insects by Osamu Tezuka

The creator of Nurse Nurse talks about a pivotal book in the manga master’s oeuvre. Continue reading


THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (9/3/14 – This column is a digital exclusive!)

Whenever I speak, I must cry out, violence and outrage is my message; the word of COMICS has brought me derision and reproach all the day. Continue reading


THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (4/10/13 – The Pathos of Things)

The saddest lil’ unicorn in the whole wide world, and other comics to pluck those strings. 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

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

Shadow of a Doubt 1-main

Pluto and Doubling

In this column I’m looking for art in other genres, and I’ll begin with one of the most artistically accomplished genre comics of the last ten years, Naoki Urasawa’s Pluto (2003-2009). Continue reading

Chiba Tetsuya

Charting the Beginnings

An ongoing look at the history of alternative manga. First, an overview—and a statement of purpose. Continue reading