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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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?"
"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."
"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."
"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)."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."