Osamu Tezuka "God of Manga" English language works & sources

A Listmania! list by Ada Palmer
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The list author says: "This list covers the so-called father of manga Osamu Tezuka, creator of Astro Boy, an innovative artist and storyteller and political activist whose works treat peace, environmentalism, scientific utopianism, medical reform, psychology and Buddhist philosophy. This list includes all Tezuka manga in print in Enlish, upcoming editions, and secondary sources about Tezuka's life, works and position in manga and anime history. For long manga series, it includes only volume 1 of each series."
Apollo's Song, Part One
1.  Apollo's Song, Part One by Osamu Tezuka
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  "A treatment of the relationship between love and the biological drive to reproduce, featuring many of Tezuka's signature storytelling techniques. Best starting place for first-time Tezuka readers."
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Black Jack, Vol. 1
2.  Black Jack, Vol. 1 by Osamu Tezuka
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  "Tezuka's most beloved series for adults, Black Jack (17 volumes) follows the episodic adventures of a mysterious unlicensed genius surgeon who travels the world performing impossible medical feats, from brain transplants to removing a parasite from his own intestines while fighting off a pack of wild dingos.  Great starting place."
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Buddha, Vol. 1: Kapilavastu
3.  Buddha, Vol. 1: Kapilavastu by Osamu Tezuka
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  "Tezuka's manga biography of the Buddha, one of the centerpieces of his exploration of Buddhist philosophy and the moral implications of reincarnation."
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Phoenix: A Tale Of The Future
4.  Phoenix: A Tale Of The Future by Osamu Tezuka
The list author says:
  "Volume 1 is hard to find now, but Phoenix is Tezuka's masterwork, a treatment of reincarnation and the cycle of life and death.  Each volume is set at a different point in time, ranging from the archaic past to the distant future, coming ever closer to the present.  Must read."
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Astro Boy, Vol. 1 & 2
5.  Astro Boy, Vol. 1 & 2 by Osamu Tezuka
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  "The foundational children's sci-fi classic Astro Boy uses the conflict between humans and robots to treat issues of racial prejudice, and explores questions of where technological progress will lead the human race.  Of all Tezuka's works this has had the deepest impact on Japan and the international community."
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Message to Adolf, Part 1
6.  Message to Adolf, Part 1 by Osamu Tezuka
The list author says:
  "A direct treatment of World War II and its effects on human psychology, this is, with Barefoot Gen and Onward Toward our Noble Deaths, one of the finest treatments of the war in the manga world. Shadowed by murder and mystery, the series follows two young boys growing up in Japan before the war, one half-German aristocracy, the other half-German Jew.  Not to be missed."
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Ayako
7.  Ayako by Osamu Tezuka
The list author says:
  "Tezuka's grim portrait of the impact of the end of WWII and the American Occupation on the traditional Japanese family.  We watch the gradual decay and dissolution of an old aristocratic landholding household as different members are consumed by different types of post-war corruption.  Stunning read."
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Princess Knight, Part One
8.  Princess Knight, Part One by Osamu Tezuka
The list author says:
  "Tezuka's revolutionary shoujo fairy tale romance, which still dominates the themes and styles of girls' manga to this day.  An essential chapter in manga history, and a fun read."
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Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka, Vol. 1
9.  Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka, Vol. 1 by Naoki Urasawa
The list author says:
  "Naoki Urasawa, internationally recognized as Tezuka's "successor" here revisits the darkest story arc of Astro Boy in adult terms.  The rich cultural world of Tezuka's original creation is taken to a more mature level and used to explore current issues of international relations and psychology.  Is Astro Boy a weapon of mass destruction?"
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Astro Boy, Vol. 3
10.  Astro Boy, Vol. 3 by Osamu Tezuka
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  "Normally this list includes only vol. 1 of each series, but Astro Boy vol. 3 contains "Earth's Strongest Robot" which was used as the basis for Urasawa's Pluto.  It is a must read for those interested in exploring the adaptation."
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MW
11.  MW by Osamu Tezuka
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  "Dark, adult treatment of the psychological aftereffects of WWII, also treating homosexuality and Catholicism."
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Ode To Kirihito
12.  Ode To Kirihito by Osamu Tezuka
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  "One of Tezuka's calls for medical reform, this treats conflicts between doctors' tendencies to treat their patients as people and as specimines."
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Metropolis
13.  Metropolis DVD ~ Toshio Furukawa
The list author says:
  "Movie adaptation of Tezuka's Metropolis combined with Nextworld and other stories, directed by two of his students.  Revolutionary animation techniques."
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Nextworld Volume 1
14.  Nextworld Volume 1 by Osamu Tezuka
The list author says:
  "One of Tezuka's "sci-fi trilogy" which revolutionized manga during the 1940s.  More a classic than a good read, but still an important part of the Tezuka corpus.  This story was part of the base used to make the Metropolis movie.  Two volumes."
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Metropolis
15.  Metropolis by Osamu Tezuka
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  "Most famous of the Tezuka sci-fi trilogy"
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Dororo Volume 1 (v. 1)
16.  Dororo Volume 1 (v. 1) by Osamu Tezuka
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  "Tezuka's classic samurai adventure manga, 3 volumes, best known for its creative monster designs.  Precursor to Black Jack."
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Swallowing The Earth
17.  Swallowing The Earth by Osamu Tezuka
The list author says:
  "Another brief, dark story from shortly after the darker turning point of Tezuka's mid-career, Swallowing the Earth is a mystery crime conspiracy drama about the mysterious seductress Zephyrus and her quest to take revenge on men for the wrongs done to women throughout history (similar to Vampires and written shortly thereafter)."
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Barbara
18.  Barbara by Osamu Tezuka
The list author says:
  "Dark depiction of madness and addiction, commenting on artistic decadence and sensuality.  One of Tezuka's stranger chapters in depicting the nature of art.  Fun play with mythology."
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The Book of Human Insects
19.  The Book of Human Insects by Osamu Tezuka
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  "A dark social commentary, depicting a sinister femme fatale who targets and consumes artists and authors with her insatiable hunger for stolen creativity.  Similar to Barbara and Swallowing the Earth."
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Lost World Volume 1 (v. 1)
20.  Lost World Volume 1 (v. 1) by Osamu Tezuka
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  "The earliest of the Tezuka sci-fi trilogy."
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The Art of Osamu Tezuka: God of Manga
21.  The Art of Osamu Tezuka: God of Manga by Helen McCarthy
The list author says:
  "New introductory book about Tezuka, covering works and biography.  Great job placing his creations in a larger timeline of 20th century Japanese history, and introducing numerous works.  While Power's "God of Comics" is more analytical, this is comprehensive and approachable, and a useful reference."
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The Astro Boy Essays: Osamu Tezuka, Mighty Atom, and the Manga/Anime Revolution
22.  The Astro Boy Essays: Osamu Tezuka, Mighty Atom, and the Manga/Anime Revolution by Frederik L. Schodt
The list author says:
  "Detailed but approachable history of Astro Boy from the first manga version to its impact on current Japan, written by one of Tezuka's personal friends.  Best Tezuka source currently out in English."
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God of Comics: Osamu Tezuka and the Creation of Post-World War II Manga (Great Comics Artists Series)
23.  God of Comics: Osamu Tezuka and the Creation of Post-World War II Manga (Great Comics Artists Series) by Natsu Onoda Power
The list author says:
  "First book on Tezuka printed in English, by Tezuka expert Natsu Onoda, author of several important articles on Tezuka and manga history.  Good overview of the basics of Tezuka's career and creations, with detailed analysis of the Star System and key literary elements of his work."
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Manga! Manga!: The World of Japanese Comics
24.  Manga! Manga!: The World of Japanese Comics by Frederik L. Schodt
The list author says:
  "General history of manga by Tezuka's friend Fred Schodt, with excellent coverage of Tezuka's impact on comics history."
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Astro Boy and Anime Come to the Americas: An Insider's View of the Birth of a Pop Culture Phenomenon
25.  Astro Boy and Anime Come to the Americas: An Insider's View of the Birth of a Pop Culture Phenomenon by Fred Ladd
The list author says:
  "Co-authored by Fred Ladd, the man responsible for overseeing the original US version of Astro Boy, with his insider's account of the birth of the American anime market."
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Osamu Tezuka: God of Manga Comics (Innovators)
26.  Osamu Tezuka: God of Manga Comics (Innovators) by Mary Schulte
The list author says:
  "Biography of Tezuka, written for younger audiences."
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Phoenix, Vol. 1: Persistence of Time
27.  Phoenix, Vol. 1: Persistence of Time DVD ~ Phoenix
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  "2003 TV adaptation of Tezuka's Phoenix series, part of several recent adaptations."
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Kimba The White Lion Ultra DVD Box Set (Limited Edition)
28.  Kimba The White Lion Ultra DVD Box Set (Limited Edition) DVD ~ Billie Lou Watt
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  "TV version of Tezuka's groundbreaking children's classic, treating the relationship between humans, animals and the environment."
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Astro Boy - Ultra Collector's Edition DVD Set 1
29.  Astro Boy - Ultra Collector's Edition DVD Set 1 DVD ~ Billie Lou Watt
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  "Original 1963 black and white TV adaptation of Astro Boy, the first animated TV series made in Japan.  This box is the first of two."
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Astro Boy Collection Box Set
30.  Astro Boy Collection Box Set DVD ~ Richard Ganoung
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  "The 1980 color adaptation of Astro Boy."
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Astro Boy - The Complete Series
31.  Astro Boy - The Complete Series DVD ~ Tabitha St. Germain
The list author says:
  "The recent 2003 remake of Astro Boy, featuring extremely advanced animation techniques and attempting to stick closer to the dark, political undertones of Tezuka's original.  Like all US releases of Astro Boy, it is dub only."
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Dororo
32.  Dororo DVD ~ Tsumabuki Satoshi
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  "Recent live action film of Dororo - top seller in the Japanese box office."
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Phoenix 2772 [VHS]
33.  Phoenix 2772 [VHS] VHS Kaneto Shiozawa
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  "Old sci-fi film adapting some sections of phoenix, but with a new story not included in any of the original manga.  This film has two very different versions, the original Japanese and a much shorter English dub."
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Jungle Emperor Leo
34.  Jungle Emperor Leo DVD ~ Masane Tsukayama
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  "Film adaptation of Kimba the White Lion."
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Black Jack - Collection 2
35.  Black Jack - Collection 2 DVD ~ Artist Not Provided
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  "This box is the 2nd half of an OAV series of Black Jack made in the 1990s.  It is the oldest of several animated versions of Black Jack, but the only one out in the US."
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A Drifting Life
36.  A Drifting Life by Yoshihiro Tatsumi
The list author says:
  "Autobiography of another major early manga author, Yoshihiro Tatsumi, with anecdotes about Tezuka and other contemporaries.  A great window on Tezuka's influence on the mid-20th century manga world in Japan, as well as a fascinating view of Japanese comics publishing culture of that period."
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Naoki Urasawa's Monster, Vol. 1
37.  Naoki Urasawa's Monster, Vol. 1 by Naoki Urasawa
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  "Fans of Black Jack and Pluto will also like Naoki Urasawa's medical suspense thriller Monster, partly based on Black Jack and MW.  ALSO CHECK OUT HIS 20th CENTURY BOYS (Astro Boy influences)."
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Ray Volume 1
38.  Ray Volume 1 by Akihito Yoshitomi
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  "Recent Black Jack spinoff manga about an unlicensed doctor named Ray who received X-ray vision after an operation from Black Jack - she quests for vengeance on the mysterious organ-trafficking organization which stole her eyes in childhood.  Black Jack appears occasionally.  Also available on DVD."
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TEZUKA The Marvel of Manga
39.  TEZUKA The Marvel of Manga 
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  "Catalog for the San Francisco Museum of Asian Art's exhibit on Osamu Tezuka.  Excellent pictures and brief but interesting essays by a number of leading anime and manga scholars and critics.  Very rare."
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La nueva isla del tesoro / The New Treasure Island (Spanish Edition)
40.  La nueva isla del tesoro / The New Treasure Island (Spanish Edition) by Osamu Tezuka
The list author says:
  "I hesitate to put foreign language editions on this list (there are many in French for those who can read it) but I must make an exception for the new Spanish edition of Tezuka's first published work, "New Treasure Island," a groundbreaking volume which transformed the manga industry in the 1940s.  It has been out of print even in Japanese for many years."
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