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Astro Boy, Vol. 1 & 2 Paperback – September 23, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse (September 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595821538
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595821539
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #541,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Osamu Tezuka (1928-89) is the godfather of Japanese manga comics. He originally intended to become a doctor and earned his degree before turning to what was then a medium for children. His many early masterpieces include the series known in the U.S. as Astro Boy. With his sweeping vision, deftly interwined plots, feel for the workings of power, and indefatigable commitment to human dignity, Tezuka elevated manga to an art form. The later Tezuka, who authored Buddha, often had in mind the mature readership that manga gained in the sixties and that had only grown ever since. The Kurosawa of Japanese pop culture, Osamu Tezuka is a twentieth century classic.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lesley Aeschliman VINE VOICE on August 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
The manga published in this volume are not in chronological order. It starts with the story about the birth of Astro Boy, which was published in 1975; however, Tezuka created the manga in 1951. This origin story is very similar to the origin story presented in the 1960s Astro Boy anime series. It should also be noted that for this translation, Schodt primarily used the original Japanese names for the characters, with the main exception of using Astro Boy instead of Mighty Atom.

The second story, "The Hot Dog Corps," was originally published in 1961, with a story about Astro Boy's teacher's dog being kidnapped, mixed with a plot about cyborgs. This particular story was not included in the American airings on the 1960s anime series, because, as Tezuka laments at the beginning, the Americans thought that showing dogs being operated on was "cruel and grotesque."

The third story, "Plant People," was originally published in 1961. This story also appeared in the 1960s anime series, but some of the details between the two are a little different. In this story, Astro Boy tells his friends about an encounter he had with the plant people.

The next story is "His Highness Deadcross," which was originally published in 1960. This story deals with Astro Boy being asked to help protect the first robot who has been elected as president; there are humans who are unhappy with his election and want to force him to resign. This story runs for almost 100 pages.

"The Third Magician" was originally published between 1961 and 1962. In this story, a robot magician named Kino is introduced. He is kidnapped by a thief who wants to learn some of his tricks in order to commit heists without being caught. Astro Boy and his friends must try to help Kino.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Barfield on April 19, 2010
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Astro Boy (Extreme Atom) is such a great series. Each volume contains and introduction by Dr. Tezuka, and several stories. Astro Boy as a series is great. I recommend it to anyone of any age. Great stories, characters (many cameos as usual), and a great lesson to take with each story.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Spock Fan on June 4, 2009
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I introduced my son to Astro Boy since I enjoyed watching the shows when I was a boy. He has really taken a liking to the stories and shows and this book fit in quite well. It's a fun book and follows the original story line very well. If you like Astro Boy, then you will be happy with this book.
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By Leapyfrog on January 20, 2014
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Astroboy - the manga that my kids read again and again. Tezuka's classic series is a long one, so there is plenty of material to keep them interested.
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