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Black Jack, Vol. 1 by Osamu Tezuka
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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 character of "Black Jack." Who is somewhat a gothic figure with his white streaked hair, and dark cape with a string tie. He's sort of a cute version of Robert Mitchum's character in "The Night of the Hunter."

But Black Jack is basically a good guy who is a master surgeon that operates under his own skills as well as ignoring the hospital/doctor system that's out there. In other words he's a doctor without a medical license. He operates for those who can afford him, and usually can't go to a regular hospital -due that they may be criminals or some sort of individual that is not accepted by mainstream culture or society.

Vol. 1 is a series of narratives with Black Jack as he deals with various victims of the atomic bomb, various cancers, weird growths, sex changes/gender issues, and even Frankenstein issue once in awhile. In other words Black Jack deals with the essence of life and what it means to be alive in a world of indifference. Essential reading of course.

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10/25/2008 page 20
6.94% "What a weird manga series? Tezuka cannot be underestimated. This is something like "Eyes Without a Face," the Franju film. Remarkable so "

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