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Osamu Tezuka - Master Mangaka

Book Cover Image. Title: Phoenix, Volume 4: Karma, Author: Osamu Tezuka Book Cover Image. Title: Apollo's Song, Author: Osamu Tezuka

Godfather of Manga

Leonardo Meets Disney

We honor manga master Osamu Tezuka as more and more of his extraordinary work becomes available for English readers. Enjoy the exclusive clip of Tezuka's "motion-manga" generously provided by VIZ MEDIA.


Osamu Tezuka and Phoenix

Prolific author and artist Osamu Tezuka is generally regarded as the single figure responsible for developing Japan's massive manga and anime industries. His cinematic art style and novelistic narratives have made his work as universally accessible and relevant now as when first published in Japan. A list of his well-known and universally loved work includes the classic Kinba the White Lion, Black Jack, Adoft, Astroy Boy, and Metropolis..

Tezuka continued creating comics until his death in 1989. He often referred to Phoenix as his “life work,” and it is considered by many to be the peak of his artistic achievement. The Barnes & Noble Studio is proud to present an exclusive video presentation based upon Volume 4 of Phoenix. Beautifully set against the religious and political upheavals of 8th-century Japan, this “motion manga” highlights the story of a disfigured killer and a talented woodcarver who find their destinies inextricably linked and their spirits tested in a series of personal and professional trials.

Tezuka - Phoenix

Death and Rebirth

Phoenix, Volume 1by Osamu TezukaOsamu TezukaOsamu Tezuka (Paperback)

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    Book Cover Image. Title: Phoenix, Volume 1: Dawn, Author: Osamu Tezuka.

    All 12 episodes of Phoenix are linked by the presence of the mythical bird, an immortal guardian of the universal life force. Beginning in A.D. 270, Phoenix: Dawn follows the ambitions of Queen Himiko, capturing with precise period detail the early phase of Japanese civilization.

    Tezuka - Buddha

    A Buddha like No Other

    Buddha, Volume 1by Osamu TezukaOsamu TezukaVertical Inc. (Paperback)

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    Book Cover Image. Title: Buddha, Volume 1: Kapilavastu, Author:  Vertical Inc. Staff.

    Filled with drama, philophical depth, and lightly borne ethical insight, coupled with an amazing grasp of the essense of the life and teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, Tezuka's eight-volume Buddha series is a spiritual and aesthetic odyssey without paralell in world literature.

    Black Jack, Astro Boy, Dororo

    Nobody Is Born Whole

    Black Jack, Volume 1by Osamu TezukaOsamu Tezuka (Paperback)

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    Book Cover Image. Title: Black Jack, Volume 1, Author: Osamu Tezuka.

    More and more of Tezuka's key works have recently become available, joining the early translations of Astroboy, from important series like Black Jack and Dororo to the incomparable Ode to Kirihito and Apollo's Song.

    The History of Manga

    Tezuka in Context

    The Astro Boy Essaysby Frederik L. SchodtFrederik L. Schodt (Paperback)

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      Book Cover Image. Title: The Astro Boy Essays: Osamu Tezuka, Mighty Atom, and the Manga/Anime Revolution, Author: FrederikL. Schodt.

      Manga has deep roots in the visual culture of Japan while at the same borrowing freely from the same sources as comic book art coming from the West. Like Western comics, manga is filled with stock characters and formulas, but it has also served the unique personal vision of great writers and artists like Osamu Tezuka.