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Black Jack, Vol. 1

(Black Jack (25 volumes) #1)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  2,672 ratings  ·  150 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
Minh Nhân Nguyễn
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
5 sao

Trên cả tuyệt vời!

Truyện mang tính nhân văn rất cao, nhưng không hề nhàm chán mà thậm chí còn tạo sự háo hức nơi mình mỗi khi bắt đầu một câu chuyện mới.

Những tình huống lạ thường, những kiến thức y học thú vị mà chuẩn xác, nét vẽ đơn giản nhưng sống động. Bộ manga này đối với mình không thua kém gì những quyển tiểu thuyết lớn khác cả.
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.
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
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
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
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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Camilo Guerra
Jan 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comic
Black Jack es el mejor medico del mundo, se encarga de casos casi imposibles o simplemente mas alla de la imaginación mas loca, pero el tipo siempre cumple, pero...¿quien sera ese misterioso medico que no tiene licencia y esta cubierto por cicatrices?, pues en mas de 600 paginas sabemos poco de el, pero Tezuka nos lleva de la mano y nos da unos casos que rayan en la fantasía, otros en la ciencia ficción y el terror, pero lo hace con maestría, y esto hace mas de 4 años debio ser un éxito y al día ...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.
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.
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
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
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'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
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
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
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.
May 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very unique and funny. Strong characterisation. Great story twists. Hilarious drawing, especially for greedy/stupid supporting characters HAHAHA. I can't describe how much I love the female assistant she's insane HAHAHA.
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Osamu Tezuka is very romantic but also critical and ethical.
This one gives you a deep question of what is the academic authority and the value of humanism.
Especially, this one will penetrate your heart and rebuke your recognition of that you are, so, one of human beings.

Jeroen Van de Crommenacker
Not a big fan. It was ok, but that's all I can say.
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall, Black Jack is a decent collection of stories involving the titular character. There is a particular story that I feel is 'iffy' in modern society but I would still recommend Black Jack.
Philip Girvan
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
More great stuff from Osamu Tezuka. Finished Volume 2 this past week and will continue to seek out more Black Jack stories.
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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 years ...more

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