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Black Jack, Vol. 1

(Black Jack (25 volumes) #1)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  2,878 ratings  ·  158 reviews
In this twisted medical drama, a supremely talented doctor is driven underground and forced to practice in secret. From monstrous facial afflictions to organ transplants using live donors, no case is too strange, no client too unsavory, no operation too risky for Black Jack.
Paperback, 184 pages
Published February 5th 1999 by VIZ Media LLC (first published July 13th 1977)
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Oct 20, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Peter Derk
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If House was a little more fun, if he could do stuff like full body transplants, you'd have Black Jack.

I'm always game for a Tezuka book. Astro Boy might've been the first Japanese comic I read a lot of, and it was great fun, not to mention the layouts and art were groundbreaking. Also, any robot who has an ass full of machine guns is my kinda wacky.

It's another book off the shelf of stuff I wanted to read and then divest myself of before moving.

This one is tough. It's a really good book. I do
Grumpy Rat
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ain-t-book-sweet
I see no angels here thou it's all about "doctors" who tend to contort the proper meanings of saving people's lives.
Akemi G.
I used to own ALL the books of this series (the original comics in Japanese), so I am pleasantly surprised to find that they are translated into English.

The author was a *licensed* medical doctor, although he never practiced because his career as a manga author took off. His background supports this medical drama, providing interesting details, while I understand that, because Black Jack series was written in 1970s to early 80s, the medical understanding and procedures might have changed since
Feb 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, manga
"Black Jack" is a comic with an irresistibly wacky premise. The title character acts and dresses like the hero of a 19th century Romantic poem. He's a brilliant - and totally unlicensed - surgeon who can cure any illness and heal even the most catastrophic injury. He travels the world, adjusting his rate based on how much his patients can pay. He charges as much as a billion yen and as little as some free beer and sushi. His sidekick is - wait for it - a sentient fetiform teratoma that he transp ...more
Nov 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tezuka fans, insane doctors, manga surgeons, stethescope fetishists
Shelves: manga-and-comics
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Tom Ewing
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
The hypercompetent lone professional is a manga staple - it seems like there's an example for everything from wine critics to insurance claims investigators, though the level of naturalism varies a great deal. Tezuka being Tezuka, Black Jack, a 70s manga about the world's greatest surgeon, is at the bizarro end. Maybe the best way I can describe Black Jack is that it's like Doctor Who reimagined as a medical drama. Black Jack, an unlicensed but brilliant surgeon who dresses like a Victorian gent ...more
Nicky Neko
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Childish, predictable, insane, funny, stupid, weird, crazy. I can see why Tezuka Osamu is the godfather of manga. So much fun to read.
Dec 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Getting back to manga thanks to sis dearest. Osamu's artwork is on fleek and Dr. Black Jack is a very interesting character. Grounded on medical realities (of the 80s), the cases he gets are outrightly bizarre. He's like the Doctor Who of medical world. The volume 1 contains a number of unrelated stories making for brisk reading but Osamu really pushes the lateral thinking with the variety of cases and back stories he comes up with. The thing that struck me really odd was the story on a cis woma ...more
May 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't even know where to start. The story is crisp, the characters are rich and detailed, the visuals are an excellent and dynamic blend of realism and iconic cartoons, the surgeries look real even at their most unrealistic. This book is simply stunning.Osamu Tezuka shines in this book as he tells a series of small stories about the doctor Black Jack who seems to all the world a self-absorbed egomaniac working only for the highest bidder, when in fact he's a doctor dedicated for the betterment ...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
Mar 10, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
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
Jul 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, manga
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
Dec 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The world's greatest surgeon is unlicensed and charges a lot of money. But he also performs miraculous surgeries. This book collects seven or eight essentially unrelated tales of Black Jack's medicinal triumphs. Each story's engaging and well drawn. A pleasure to read, but not something that I'm interested in reading indefinitely, and Vertical seems to have an endless supply to Black Jack books to translate.
Alisha Sookdeo
Awesome Manga. A fun glimpse into the medical field for aspiring medical professionals.
Faith Hicks
Mar 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-comics
My favourite Tezuka. This series is legit enjoyable nonsense.
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
I initially picked up Black Jack because I liked the art and I thought the concept was interesting. I've also never read an "adult manga" before, so I was really interested to see how it would differ from regular manga. For the first five stories, I was kind of enjoying it, but when I got to the sixth story, "Confluence," I began to have some issues with this book.

In the "Confluence" chapter, Black Jack goes to see an old friend. He tells his assistant, Pinoko, that he needs to bring his friend
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Black market miracle surgeon who charges an exorbitant fee? Take my money.

Black Jack is what essentially spawned the many medical dramas in Japan concerning corruption and the worth of human lives in the medical industry.

Black Jack, our protagonist, is perhaps the least corrupt of any scalpel-wielding doctor despite the millions he charges for his work. He's a genius at his work and empathetic to people who are often victims of politics and society, and, not surprisingly, outraged on the rare
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the vintage manga Black Jack by Osamu Tezuka, the eponymous protagonist Black Jack is an unlicensed surgeon, free from the corrupt bureaucratic government, who uses his unmatched scalpel skills to treat the poor and cure even the most catastrophic injury. Sometimes, he also teaches the arrogant lessons in humility.
Despite the eccentric nature of the story's premise, it is well crafted because of its humanist nature, as well as unique humor and vehemence. As a character, Black Jack indiscrimin
May 20, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: comics
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Aug 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic_comics
My second Osamu Tezuka read. In this series we follow the unlicensed and mysterious Doctor Black Jack, a surgeon capable of full body transplants and other miracles with the scalpel. The manga master ( who graduated as a medical doctor himself) spins one wacky plot after another. I found most of them fun and a bit crazy even if they remain in a sort of sketch form, fast and uncluttered. What comes through is the avalanche of ideas, some clearly taken from films and sci-fi tropes, others the prod ...more
I already know when picking up a Tezuka graphic novel that I'm not going to be able to put it down until I'm finished. He's one of those writers. His stories just suck you in. It's almost like watching a soap opera though because his stories are full of mayhem and just absolutely twisted and messed up folks.
As others have said here, Black Jack is a doctor that's like a cross between House and a goth kid. He's cold but oh so loveable. He could also be the Robin Hood of unlicensed surgeons. He do
I'm no expert on graphic novels. I dabble at best, but for me this was more of a curiosity than a great read. Written in the '70s; translated into English in 2008. So I'm intrigued by Black Jack, a mysterious, scarred Doctor who shows up and performs medical miracles in each of a dozen stories. But please! In one his girl friend has uterine cancer. Black Jack performs a complete hysterectomy and saves her life. Unfortunately, because she no longer has her female organs she's no longer a "woman," ...more
Geoff Sebesta
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I adored this book. It's everything that's good and bad about Tezuka, especially the good. I don't know if he considered this a "prestige" project or if he ate a particularly good box of Wheaties the day he drew this, but the art really works in a way I've never seen Tezuka work before -- all the weird ink effects are in the right place, and everything looks real as it ever does. Short, aimless stories, almost tone pieces, but there's still the soap opera perfection combined with cartoon zanines ...more
Zane Gregory
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is a beautiful simplicity to Osamu Tezuka's artwork, character designs, and stotelling that always serves as a warm comfort upon sitting down to read one of his works. The complexity comes from the struggles with morality layered in the background of these deceptively simple short tales.

While I enjoyed this series to a similar degree to Tezuka's awe inspiring Phoenix and Buddha series, I found this series to have more visible translation issues and the layouts of panels were a little harde
David Goldman
May 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic
A very solid collection of short stories about one of the masters most complex creations. The short stories often present moral dilemmas from a character who is neither seeking to or known to be doing good. Yet is not heartless either. While dark and interesting the stories are also a little thin. A bit more like parables. And since the stories are not into related, the collection never really bill. Still very much worth reading, and one of the more egnimatic characters magna.
Adam Strier
Jun 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Great idea! a surgeon that has super skills so that he could cure things medicine cannot deal with, all by himself, but is banned from medical establishment and works only private and charges by the millions.
Each chapter has drama, some suspense and mystery, and the drawings are classic Manga at its peak.
And I am writing all of this not as a manga enthusiast specifically, but I loved it anyway.
Jan 13, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was so excited to get back into Manga and I enjoyed so much about the story even though it's pretty weird but this is SO sexist. Like having a hysterectomy means you're no longer a woman? What?! I read the whole thing just to see if maybe he was going to come to his senses. Also, the one depiction of a black person seemed pretty racist to me. I will, obviously, not be continuing this series.
Mar 24, 2019 rated it liked it
although I was not particularly drawn in by the graphics and it took a while to get pulled into the stories - I loved these short stories that felt a bit like dark modern fairy tales - problematic in some of the norms they showed but interesting in the different options that were opened up by the story in unexpected ways.
Katelyn Mills
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I decided to read my first manga novel after hearing that Black Jack is a mixture of Sherlock and house. and OMG whoever said it was 110% right.

i adored the illustrations, the stories, everything! i teared up a few times, giggled and down right gasped. It touched on nuclear issues, politics and my favourite, Japanese mythology.

please read it, you will not regret it.
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