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Osamu Tezuka

Birthdate: 3. November 1928
Date of death: 9. February 1989

Osamu Tezuka was a Japanese manga artist, cartoonist, animator, film producer, medical doctor and activist. Born in Osaka Prefecture, his prolific output, pioneering techniques, and innovative redefinitions of genres earned him such titles as "the father of manga", "the godfather of manga" and "the god of manga." Additionally, he is often considered the Japanese equivalent to Walt Disney, who served as a major inspiration during Tezuka's formative years.

Tezuka began what was known as the manga revolution in Japan with his New Treasure Island published in 1947. His legendary output would spawn some of the most influential, successful, and well received manga series including Astro Boy, Jungle Emperor Leo, Black Jack, and Phoenix, all of which won several awards.

Tezuka died of stomach cancer in 1989. His death had an immediate impact on the Japanese public. A museum was constructed in Takarazuka dedicated to his memory and life works, and Tezuka received many posthumous awards. Several animations were in production at the time of his death along with the final chapters of Phoenix, which were never released.

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„I am convinced that comics should not only make people laugh. For this in my stories found tears, anger, hatred, pain and end not always happy.“

—  Osamu Tezuka

Quoted in Helen McCarthy, Osamu Tezuka: God of manga , translated by Fabio Deotto, Edizioni BD, 2010, back cover.

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„Long ago, many of the small hells that took place in the camps right next to my house showed the joy of living, and tirelessly despite everything“

—  Osamu Tezuka

From Save the Planet of glass ; quoted in AA.VV., Osamu Tezuka: A Manga Biography , vol. 1, translated by Marta Fogato, Coconino Press, Bologna, 2000, p. 106. ISBN 888806303X

„Comics are an international language, they can cross boundaries and generations. Comics are a bridge between all cultures“

—  Osamu Tezuka

As quoted in Transnational Perspectives on Graphic Narratives https://books.google.com/books?isbn=1441185755 p. 5

„Now I feel a great regret. My style inadequate forces me to complete the work without being able ...“

—  Osamu Tezuka, MW

From the Afterword to April 1978 MW , vol. 3, translation by Francesco Nicodemus, Hazard Editions, Milan, 2005, p. 193. ISBN 887502037X

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