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Though published previously in English in eight smaller paperbacks, Tezuka’s political thriller, presented here in the first of two handsome hardcovers, deserves another look. Though he’s most celebrated for creating the enduring favorite Astro Boy (and is about on a par in Japan with Walt Disney here), Tezuka created a wealth of stories in a career that essentially defined the visual language of modern manga. This work, serialized in the 1980s, weaves an intricate story of three Adolphs. As a Japanese reporter tries to uncover documents that would devastate the ascendancy of Hitler’s Reich, two young boys in Japan—half-German Adolph Kamil and Jewish expatriate Adolph Kaufmann—test the limits of friendship, family, and loyalty. Purists may object to the fact that this book is “flipped” (mirrored to read left to right), but the approachability factor could rope in readers who don’t normally go for manga and who will find a master artist and storyteller in full flight. --Ian Chipman

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Winner of the 1986 Kodansha Manga Award for Best Manga 

"Adolf is one of Japan's greatest manga epics... The perfect choice for those who don't normally read manga. There's humor here, but also monstrous acts that defy comprehension. Adolf is an emotional and complex work that proves once again that comic books can be equal to any great literary novel. Whether you love manga, super hero books or personal tales, Adolf is one series you must read." - IGN.com
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Product Details

  • Series: Adolf
  • Hardcover: 648 pages
  • Publisher: Vertical (August 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935654438
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935654438
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 2.2 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #531,524 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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By MarchingTwinkie3 on September 16, 2012
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This is my first review on Amazon, and my first review for anything in a long time, so please bear with me.

The summary presented by Amazon is very accurate. This manga is the story of three (rather different) men named Adolf; a reporter, Sohei Toge, in search of information about his brother's murder in Germany; and a secret about Adolf Hitler that, if exposed, could drastically alter the course of history. This first volume, comprising roughly half of the series, begins at the 1936 Berlin Olympics and brings readers through to the months following the German invasion of Poland in 1939. The background of the story--the escalating anti-Jewish sentiment among Germans and increased emphasis on patriotism in Japan during the Second Sino-Japanese War--provides an excellent setting in which to meet our main characters, and to see their lives intertwine with each others, though they don't all know it.

The art is quite good, particularly the backgrounds. Everything from forests to cities to vehicles are drawn with detail. The characters are well drawn, if occasionally on the more cartoonish side, though that aspect can be attributed to Tezuka's style and history of drawing manga for all ages. The only real shortfalls of the story, in my opinion, are the frequency of Toge-centric chapters (despite the character referring to himself as a 'secondary character'), the lack of chapters focusing on Adolf Kamil, and the tendency of every female character to become instantly attracted to Toge.

My other issue stems from the artwork being mirrored to allow publication in the English left-to-right reading format.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By animate ~ on September 20, 2012
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Holy tattooed ta-tas, Tezuka fans! Vertical has done it well again, re-releasing this epic from Tezuka in two hardcover volumes, instead of 8 trade paperbacks. The themes of suffering and redemption that Tezuka is known for are all present, with some of his best paneling and characters (you really hate to see a few die) out of his so-called "star system" (a fictional universe of characters that frequently play lead roles). Lamp, here a vile gestapo hard ass, is of particular note, as is Detective Akabane, played by the tight-cheeked, cross-eyed Ham Egg, in one of his cruelly funny roles. The story is played back for you by reporter Toge, who wields information given to him by a Jewish student that could destroy Hitler's credentials and topple the Aryan empire. We see all 3 Adolf's are dead by story's end--that is, within the first couple of pages, I'm not spoiling anything. So at least Tezuka doesn't lie to you about how cruel he'll be to his "actors" in this one. Can't wait for V.2.!
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I was told by a friend that this Vertical translation in two volumes was superior to the (out of print) five volume VIZ Media translation I already had. While I did not make a direct page by page comparison between them, I did note the lack of any chronology of actual historical events in this translation. The VIZ Media translation has at least one page of such chronology in every volume. Offhand, I cannot say that these add much to the story itself, as I did not even bother to read this 1st of 2 volumes that lack it. I thus have not bothered to buy volume two. My rating is only in regards to that lacking feature, since I already have the complete story in five volumes.

The story itself is one of international intrigue, which involves three men, all named 'Adolf,' one being Hitler, another being a Jewish boy living in 1930s Germany along with a third, who initially was his best friend of mixed German-Japanese parentage. It shows how the hatred that the Hitler Youth planted in the one boy had destroyed his friendship with the other boy. While there are many other elements to this saga, it would be too much to detail them here.

So, anyway, there is evidence that Adolf Hitler has a Jewish ancestor. Possession of this evidence & the attempt to possess it is strewn throughout this story. Who would have thought that the History Channel would actually uncover real evidence supporting this claim, decades after Tezuka wrote about it?
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