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Black Jack #1 (Black Jack Hazard Edizioni #1)

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Black Jack es un cirujano genial capaz de obrar prodigios médicos, con un dominio del bisturí asombroso y unas manos delicadas y virtuosas. Pero también es un personaje oscuro y misterio que pedirá sumas ingentes de dinero a cambio de sus servicios, además de ejercer ilegalmente sin licencia médica...
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Published 1998 by Glénat (first published July 13th 1977)
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Tosh
Osamu Tezuka is not an easy manga genius to contain in a neat simple package. On one level he's the Walt Disney of Japan/Manga world, on the other he's a very dark artist who has a rather bleak view of the world that comes off sad and often shocking.

The Atomic Bomb in many ways started off Tezuka's imagination and thoughts on the welfare of our planet, and via his works on Buddha as well as Hitler he also come up with beloved manga characters like Astro Boy, White Lion, and the very odd charact...more
Trane
May 24, 2012 Trane rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tezuka fans, insane doctors, manga surgeons, stethescope fetishists
Shelves: manga-and-comics
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Travis
Odd, but compelling read.
This series, featuring mysterious rogue surgeon Blackjack is a truly odd mix. The art is cartoony, yet the medical details are shown in an almost stomach turningly real detail. Most of the surgeries are so weird or extreme that it has a sci-fi feel, yet, Tezuka does his research, so all the details make you think that you think maybe they could be done.
The humor is broad and uneven.
Each story has some kind of moral or message and those range from very subtle and moving t...more
Faith Erin
My favourite Tezuka. This series is legit enjoyable nonsense.
Skipper Ritchotte
Volume 1 is a collection of stories with no real arc providing connective tissue, so like many short story collections, some succeed while others fall short of the mark. I could've given this four stars just for the idea of a rogue, unlicensed doctor roving around like a mercenary (think of a one-man A-Team, with scrubs); it's ballsy, supernatural, medical fun--a combination I've never seen before.

But there were alienating themes that were a turn-off, like the portrayal of the black doctor in t...more
Dave Maddock
I don't like anime so I've avoided manga in my Great Graphic Novel Experiment of the past year. Also the bookstores don't seem to stock much beyond Naruto and Bleach which I'm not interested in. That, as I've come to learn about most of my unfounded biases, was myopic.

Black Jack is a fun read of episodic stories targeted at an older demographic. Some episodes are very good, some only so-so. I liked the origin of Pinoko--Tezuka's take on Pinocchio I assume. One instance of an African-American dra...more
Nick
Wasn't my favorite piece of work by Tezuka, but I found it enjoyable and worthy of attention. Although the universe is internally consistent, each chapter is a self contained story. Thats nice, in a way. Its more like a collection of short stories than a fat novel. I had a little bit of trouble getting over how scientifically/medically impossible most of these cases are, but once I acknowledged that this is taking place in the realm of fantasy I was able to enjoy it without that hinderance. The...more
Ron
The first volume in the English-language edition of Osamu Tezuka's long-running series of self-contained stories about a brilliant but unlicensed surgeon who is widely believed to be a purely mercenary cad, but who actually has a massive sentimental streak. The tone can shift wildly from one story to the next; among the cases in this collection are the removal of a teratoid cystoma that has developed a mind of its own, a young girl who receives a cornea transplant and then is haunted by the imag...more
Colin
May 24, 2012 Colin rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Tezuka; people looking for slightly off-kilter manga.
Shelves: four-star
Given his background in medicine, one would imagine that Tezuka's manga take on the medical drama as a genre would be one rooted deeply in reality and science. Yet, the Tezuka who drew and wrote Black Jack is the same Tezuka we all know and love: Black Jack is off-the-walls crazy throughout most of its duration, and only 'stoops' to medical soundness as a very slim basis for its self-contained stories--though after a medical condition has been established, anything can (and usually does) happen....more
Vicki
This volume of Black Jack tells a series of standalone tales based on cases taken by the fantastically talented freelance surgeon, Black Jack.

Good things to know about the book are:

- There is (or seems to me to be) a strange dichotomy to Tezuka's presentation style with Black Jack that it takes a little while to get comfortable with, but once you are then it fine. The author often deals with some very adult subjects: after all we are following a surgeon who deals with some pretty gruesome cases,...more
Charles Dee Mitchell
Black Jack is the manga series from the creator of Astro Boy that is most popular among adult readers.

I don't know what that really means. These stories of a mysterious surgeon, a young man whose hair is part white and part black and whose faces is marked by a diagonally stitched scar, are perhaps somewhat more sophisticated than some of Tezuka's other work, but there is nothing particularly adult about them. Black Jack is an unlicensed surgeon who charges outrageously high fees and insists on w...more
Chelsy
Wow. This was a lot of fun!
Again, don't be fooled by the artwork. Behind the bouncy imagery is a dark and bloody world, full of surgical tools, strange diseases, and a mysterious companion called fate.
Aside from reading a tad bit of A Message From Adolf this is the only, more mature, work I've seen of Tezuka's. I've read the first five volumes in this series, and the most mature thing about them was the mention/attempt of molestation and, of course, the gore. Disturbing and bizarre diseases come...more
Paul Dembina
I wasn't particularly looking forward to reading this but as our Graphic Novel reading group were going to be discussing it decided to give it my best shot.

Almost gave up after the 1st chapter as I found the abrupt changes in tone rather odd (but then I should be used to that now after having read a bit of Mange and watched a fair amount of Anime).

Anyway, I read to the end of this volume. Still not really my cup of tea. Tezuka's often has oddly androgonous male characters. I already came across...more
Bren
Perhaps the single most enchanting thing about Osamu Tezuka's stories are his characters, clearly, who never seem to lose sight of the fact that they are in comics. No matter the tragedy, nor the extent to which they suffer, does the story ever become mired in such unspeakable sadness that the “comic” element of manga becomes paradoxical. This is quite evident in Black Jack, Vol. 1.

Take, for instance, the sudden forest fire which threatens the life of a young crippled polio sufferer. Through the...more
Felipe Chiaramonte
Lembranças de órgãos, que passam a possuir identidades; máquinas doentes e não em precipitado diagnóstico de mal-funcionamento; mudanças corporais que ditam amores e ambições; traços de personalidade que escapam ao incosciente e vazam à realidade; fantásticos feitios cirúrgicos derrotados pela incurável morte. As doze histórias curtas do parasitário, antipático e solitário (mas apenas para quem não foi por ele tratado) Dr. Black Jack são carregadas, em suas narrativas fantásticas, de um simbolis...more
Amanda Ritchie
A gritty adult medical series with characters fashioned in Tezuka's characteristic quirkiness. Not the easiest material for everyone to absorb; but if you can manage to swallow the bitter medicine this manga tends to offer at first glance, you may find yourself warming up to the sharp wit of the medical mercenary, along with the harsh lessons he has to offer to humanity(at a price).

Tezuka doesn't sugar-coat human nature, war, nor the gruesomeness of surgery and the medical field overall, which...more
Robert Beveridge
Osamu Tezuka, Black Jack (ViZ, 1987)

Tezuka, who had a medical degree but never practiced medicine, was a natural to create medical-thriller manga. Thus, Black Jack. I was first introduced to Tezuka through Ode to Kirihito , and thus this more traditional manga came as something of a surprise to me; it has the usual episodic feel of manga (not surprisingly, given that they're usually published in installment form in magazines before being collected into single-title books like this one).

In this...more
Tyler
First Tezuka and man... BLACK JACK is something else. It was little cartoony at first and, considering the Manga I've been reading, threw me off a bit. But once I got into it, it's really great. Deep, dark, humorous, witty... Something else man. Have to read it to really understand it.
Jedishampoo
This is classic stuff I wasn't sure I'd get into, but it's classic for a reason: it's really engrossing and enjoyable. The characters are fascinating, and the stories are by turns heartwarming or horrific or both. The little girl he created sometimes creeps me out but at other times I think she's funny and cute. (The only one so far that made me WTF? was the one where Black Jack gives his girlfriend an emergency hysterectomy because of cancer... but of course once she has her woman parts removed...more
Jennifer
Made by the creator of the original master of manga, best known for Astro Boy, Black Jack is a series of vignettes about an unlicensed, but genius doctor with a heart of gold who likes to pretend that he's only in it for the money.

The art is more polished than Astro Boy, and the series is oriented toward and older audience and less campy, but still has silly elements in it. Both the art style and wacky stories remind the reader that the series was definitely made in the 70s, in a good fun way. I...more
Arlyne
I used to watch some episodes with my cousin. Still cool. Makes me want to watch more anime similar to this. Maybe Detective Conan or that other one that's really good
Kari Ramirez
Strange little stories about impossible surgeries and life lessons.

Black Jack was a serialized comic that gain cult status back in the 70s. These volumes are collections of the short, 20-ish, page stories that were published back then. The stories center around Black Jack, an unlicensed but brilliant surgeon who can perform miracle surgeries for the right price.

While he comes across as arrogant & greedy to his patients and other doctors he's actually quite the opposite, but I think his loner...more
Julie
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Rosa
The back of the book says that this is an adult book, but I have to say that I am not really sure why. There isn't really any crazy sex or violence. This was an intrigueing read. Black Jack is an interesting character, and while we are given plenty of background on him; I wish we were given more info on what makes him tick. Sometimes he is exceedingly selfish, other times he is incredibly kind, and there seems to be nor rhyme or reason regarding his decisions. Sometimes it seems to be a decision...more
Ottery StCatchpole
Everything by Tezuka is awesome. I've got a bunch of his books backlogged from the library here I need to read. It is amazing to see how in such short works he can write entire short stories with more bang and verb and panache than some writers who use a thousand times more words. Truly an awesome series, very mature and not really too adult, in the way that MW or Ode to Kirihito are. Defininitely a good read, his short stories have surprising endings sometimes and they aren't repetitive the way...more
Lissibith
Ahh, Black Jack. We used to have a running joke in the apartment. Got a cold? Surgery! Headache? Surgery! Stomach bug? Surgery!

Black Jack can fix anything with surgery. Its a little like magic, except that I understand the greater part of the treatments, at least for the real diseases, are at least grounded in reality. But I'll be honest, I'm not there for the medical stuff, realistic or not. I'm there for Black Jack and the series of short stories in which we see him interacting with the world...more
Sarah
This book, though I read it in English, is a classic Japanese manga (comic book) which is very popular in Japan. I have to say that I found it a bit fun to read from the back of the book to the front and from right to left, also in the true Japanese style. If you are looking for something different and new...this may just be the thing. Black Jack is a bit like marvel comics (with its dark heroes) meets the X-files. Weird, yes. Entertaining, yes. Disturbing, yes. A plus is that its chapters are s...more
Iris
17 books of mini-stories based around a mysterious, unlicensed doctor (read: limitless storytelling). it's like doctor who in smaller story-bites! cleverly explores ethics & psychology. so good, i would consider investing in these books (17 x $13).

12-18-13: fini vol 1
12-20-13: fini vol 5
12-21-13: fini vol 6 + 7
12-23-13: fini vol 3
12-24-13: fini vol 4 + 8
12-25-13: fini vol 9
12-27-13: fini vol 10
12-31-13: fini vol 2
01-01-14: fini vol 11
01-03-14: fini vol 12
01-04-14: fini vol 13
01-09-14: fini v...more
Raed Al-ahmadi
this book was written by osamu tezuka who is re known artist of "astro boy" and "the white lion" .

osamu was a medical student once but he hated how the medical system worked , and he loved drawing .

the artist reflects on him self of what if he continued medicine instead ?

he would've been an underground dr. / a dr. with no limits .

all the cases presents the ethics and disease that are realistic in presentation .

but some are fictional diseases .

still the protagonist is a "jack of all trades " in...more
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Dr. Osamu Tezuka (手塚 治虫) was a Japanese manga artist, animator, producer and medical doctor, although he never practiced medicine. Born in Osaka Prefecture, he is best known as the creator of Astro Boy and Kimba the White Lion. He is often credited as the "Father of Anime", and is often considered the Japanese equivalent to Walt Disney, who served as a major inspiration during his f...more
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