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Astro Boy, Vol. 1

(Astro Boy #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  892 ratings  ·  68 reviews
Presents the adventures of the robotic Astro Boy, including how he was created and his battles with the Hot Dog Corps.
Paperback, 223 pages
Published April 9th 2002 by Dark Horse Manga (first published April 3rd 1952)
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Debbie Zapata
Nov 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019sundaze
My husband is coming up for a short visit soon and I have ordered three more volumes of Astro Boy for his collectio. And of course I get to read them first!

This is Volume 1, where in The Birth Of Astro Boy we learn how Astro Boy was created, although we don't learn why his eventual 'father' decided to put machine guns in his butt. The searchlight eyes are easier to understand, but those butt guns, those things are just weird.

Anyway, the main story in this book is called The Hot Dog Corps and
David Schaafsma
Nov 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
The classic Astor Boy, and I had never read it! Better than I thought it would be, as I expected something silly, but it was very entertaining. Fast read, as much manga is, but this in a sense started it off for the west's intro to manga, as these were done in the mid-sixtiesFun stuff, manga for boys amazing that he started here then also did Buddha, and the Adolph stories for adult readers such a range! ...more
Magenta  Cooly
So, how are you suppose to give an opinion on the Micky Mouse of Japan?
Truthfully, and very surprisingly, I really enjoyed it.
The artwork threw me off at first. The large eyes and over-dramatic expressions made this look like it came out of the Sunday Funnies. But behind the wacky action and cutsey look of everything, Astro Boy holds a strange sense of dark peril. Terribly unfortunate, and even violent, things happen to characters who do nothing but good, and just when you think things couldn't
Amal Baqshy
Jun 22, 2019 rated it liked it
This should be recognized as a reference to classic sci-fi comics. Simple but if you read between the lines, the book has an intelligent point of view when it comes to politics, economy and socialism.
The art has a very good finish and the best pages are the ones that portray space and spaceships. Japanese comics never seizes to amaze me.
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
I can totally see the appeal of Astro Boy, I've read Pluto before, a mature take on this series which I absolutely loved, that left me curious about the source material for a while and I finally decided to pick it up, so glad I did, really entertaining despite being made in the 50's, way more interesting than Mickey Mouse or even Superman, which I never really cared for, there's a certain charm to it much like the sci-fi flicks being produced on Hollywood around that time, its also the birth of ...more
Cara Byrne
Recommended by a student in my comic book/graphic novel course, this was an interesting juvenile manga that asks what happens when a scientist creates a "child" robot with a heart?
Nov 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
If I was a ten year old boy then this book would get five stars. I love the drawings - a little bit of Carl Bark's Mickey Mouse/Donald Duck influence and a little bit Fleischer Studios influence. I love some of the whacky story ideas - Astro boy shoots guns from his butt and character names and I love the intro's by Osamu Tezuka in his studio, I guess a bit like those Disney TV intro's of old. Its split into four or five shorter stories but I can only read it in small chunks as it tends to be a ...more
Asher Riley
Mar 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I really love "Astro-Boy", it's one of the greatest (if not the greatest) comic book/graphic novels ever created. It's sad really, the fact that such a great comic cant seem to get a good and faithful adaption of itself on the big screen... but at least we have the original comic series, which is By far among my most beloved comics ever... strike that, "Astro-Boy Vol.1" is my most beloved comic. Bar none.
Micah (Nyon Cat)
Jan 04, 2012 rated it liked it
I thought it was a really good book!
Allan Olley
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is an English translation of a Japanese collection of 1975 stories of Astro Boy (or rather Tetsuwan Atom). The entire series includes short added prologues by creator Osamu Tezuka, featuring a fictional version of the creator talking to the audience giving context, commentary and behind the scenes information about some of the stories. This volume includes a three page written introduction by the translator giving some explanation and background to this set of volumes that is not found in ...more
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Osamu Tezuka's novel, "Astro Boy" is one of the best manga's I have ever read with its multiple stories in just one book. "Astro Boy" is about this young robot who has human emotions and lives a normal human life while achieving many adventures throughout many places and planets. Some characters in "Astro Boy" include Pluto, Professor Ochanomizu, Tenma, Pero, Deadcross, Magician Kino, Noh Uno, Inspector Tawashi, Mr.Mustachio, Koichi, Mitsuko, Mount Blanc, North #2, Brando, and Gerhardt. The ...more
Andrew Mills
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I don't consider myself a manga fan, so I was genuinely surprised how much I enjoyed reading this book. Yes, the format/translation leads to simpler text than one finds in a novel, but the story's simplicity enhances rather than diminishes its appeal. It doesn't hurt that Tezuka incorporates many of the SF ideas (robots, cyborgs, etc.) I enjoyed reading about growing up, either.

I plan on tracking down his other Astro Boy volumes to see how his story telling/artistic style evolved over time, as
Keith Hendricks
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the most poignant of origin stories: the scientist Temna creates a prosthetic son to take the form of his phantom pain, the loss of his own son, Tobio.

The scientists deluded narcissism is starkly revealed when Astro cant grow, and remains the shape of a boy. When he casts out the robot, Astro must find his identity among the stunted, egocentric people of Osamu Tezukas world, which is less futuristic than an animalistic foreshadowing of today.
Oct 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Tezuka was a physician before he began writing, like Chekov and Ballard. The best story in here is the plant one, at the end. Tezuka writes in a way that suggests he was brimming with ideas. He manages to balance developing his hero while deftly weaving in zany sci-fi plots and non-sequitur. Astro Boy just washes over you, in a way. The best paneling is during fight sequences.
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Astro is a charming boy who is motivated to help. The stories are full of action, robots, and flying saucers. I enjoyed this book very much.
The book also has an introduction and history of the Astro Boy manga that is interesting to read.
Evelyn Eve
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As a fan of the 2003 reboot well as Mega Man, which Astro Boy is an inspiration for...I figured it was only appropriate to go back to the original source material. I was not disappointed. It amazes me how classics (such as this) hold up decades after their original release.
Timothy Braun
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This one gets 5 stars purely for nostalgia's sake.
Lori Kaye Coerber
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
For my first manga type book I quite enjoyed it can't wait to read more
David H.
Sep 08, 2019 marked it as abandoned
Why I didn't finish this: I got like 80% through before giving up, which is a rare thing especially for what's just a comic book, but I just couldn't be bothered anymore.
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
How could I give a creation of this vastness and notoriety any lower than a five star rating? Not only did I find the story-telling captivating, and the art harmonious and charming (of course, for Astro Boy is literally Japan's version of Mickey Mouse), but I also saw in these pages snippets of some of the comic book world's most utilised tropes, which I now know originated from these very pages, and the diligent mind of Osamu Tezuka.
I also appreciate the effort Dark Horse put into accurately
Mar 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
The introduction to this volume does a good job of explaining the importance of Astro Boy, orginally called Mighty Atom in Japan, and providing a little history without dragging on too long. Call me crazy, but I hat really long prefaces and forwards, because the completist in me will read every word no matter what, but deep down I just want to start the book. Tezuka started writing and drawing Astro Boy while he was in medical school, but never pursued a career in medicine due to Astro Boy's ...more
Sep 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: people who are more open minded and are willing to give it a try
I can honestly say that I have no idea how the heck this book was the manga that started the shounen manga or inspired manga artists with their successful shounen series such as Dragon Ball. This manga is just kinda out there that I have absolutely no idea how I was going to rate this.

First off, this manga was made in the 60s 50s so the art and the story really has an old fashion type story structure that weve seen in old comics before. Especially in the sci-fi and the action genre. The hero
Astro Boy, Volume 1 is a fun, light-hearted, sometimes fantastical adventure story about the famous boy robot. Dismissed by his inventor and forcibly put on display in a circus, kind-hearted Dr. Ochanomizu rescues Astro Boy and raises him not as a robot, but as a real boy. He attends third grade with other kids, has friends, and yes, has rockets in his rear end, supersonic hearing, and eyes that can turn into floodlights. He's a pint-sized Superman, cute as a button, who saves the world with ...more
Johnny Casey IV
Apr 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is my introduction to Tezuka, but I can already tell I am going to love his work In the first 7 chapters alone, I can see why Osamu Tezuka gets all this love. In crafting his for-all-ages classic manga Astro Boy, Tezuka combines science, fiction, and science fiction in socially conscious themes to create an undeniably cute story. The special-powered humanoid robot Astro is a hero who, unlike humans, only knows how to do good. The little dude is a midget Superman, only he doesn't go about ...more
Oct 26, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Osamu Tezuka, is sort of the Walt Disney of Japan, but I think something more than that. For one I love his illustrations, and I think he was an extremely great story-teller on a genius level. And yes that is what seperates him from the manga pack, his scope is quite large. In many ways he's the Fassbinder of the Manga world in that he produced a lot of work as well as being consistant in its vision and pushing the envelope.

"Astro Boy" has been a childhood favorite, and I am enjoying it even
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Quite the shock to discover that Astro Boy holds up as great sci fi, all these years later, even though I am not 3 years old anymore.
Jan 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: metafiction, manga
This is a cute series so far, but I'm a bit surprised by some of the content, especially considering it was written for children. (view spoiler) ...more
Feb 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, comics
Surprisingly enjoyable! I read this just for a sense of history, but was delighted when I found the story fun and light--and not overly trite or crappy. Sure, the story is full of holes and easy outs, but it does such a good job of being light that it doesn't suffer much from these shortcomings. I'd probably give two stars if this was a novel, but how can one not enjoy a cartoon of a robot kid with machine guns in his butt?
Jody Lewandowski
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was ok
I'm glad to have read the first volume of this "classic" manga. Sadly, it's just not my cup of tea. Felt disjointed, and I only found a plot line to follow half-way through the book. I can appreciate that some people feel a bit of nostalgia about the character, having seen him in cartoons when they were kids. But since I never saw those, I don't have any attachment to him.
Phillip Goodman
Really actually quite a revolutionary children's book, certainly a classic, thought provoking in a way that such books rarely are, sometimes it reads as mechanistic as astro boy in its story telling, and a little too dry and a tad stuffy for its own good, none the less excelent, very Asimov.
Taking me rather a long time to read it though.
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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 formative ...more

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