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Product Details

  • Paperback: 520 pages
  • Publisher: Digital Manga (July 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569700567
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569700563
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.9 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,182,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

OSAMU TEZUKA (Astro Boy, Buddha, Black Jack) is recognized as the father of Japanese manga. For over forty years, his creative and prolific output entertained generations of readers and continues to do so twenty years after his death. A provocative and socially conscious artist, Tezuka's themes remain relevant to this day. Worldwide, his works have been published in numerous languages and adapted in countless media, extending Tezuka's influence far beyond the shores of his homeland.

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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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Definitely worth adding to my collection.
Nessa Chu
Tezuka wrote Swallowing the Earth as a parody, poking fun at the panic that might arise if the world's dependence on the gold standard were to backfire.
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It was Tezuka's first gekiga work and I was pleasantly surprise at the depth of this story.
Erwin Rosales

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During World War II, stories begin circulating in the South Pacific about a bewitchingly lovely woman with the power to enthrall, then destroy, every man who sees her. Twenty years pass and the rumors resurface, this time saying that Zephyrus has come to Japan, once again using her wiles to control men. A former soldier, now a successful businessman, is determined to find Zephyrus and he hires dockworker Gohanmatsu to find and follow the mysterious woman.

Gohanmatsu is strong and simple and has only one love: alcohol. Like Popeye had his spinach, Gohanmatsu has his booze, gaining strength and endurance with each bottle consumed. So strong is his focus on finding his next drink that he is the only man alive who has ever resisted the lure of Zephyrus. His indifference to her beauty enables him to see past the glamour to her real goal, to destroy man by destroying his economy and his laws and morality.

Tezuka wrote Swallowing the Earth as a parody, poking fun at the panic that might arise if the world's dependence on the gold standard were to backfire. And while this is a fun story to read, complete with slapstick humor and cartoony guffaws, it's the quiet, solemn bits of social commentary that remain with the reader. Mixed in with the larger story, Tezuka also discusses modern sexuality, social issues, and even the racial and political climate of the time, as seen through the filter of the Japanese media. He tells the story of a group of anonymous strangers who bond as a family; of a man whose fortune disappeared after the economic collapse and is forced to sell his daughter to get out of debt; of women so desperate to be beautiful that they'll wear artificial faces. Many of these issues from the mid-20th century still echo loudly today, and Tezuka's deft touch holds true.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Erwin Rosales on September 27, 2009
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In the beginning I was kind of weary of this book but I decided to give it a chance any ways. It was Tezuka's first gekiga work and I was pleasantly surprise at the depth of this story. Sometimes it drags a little bit but it is still a great read. I found it for less than 20 dollars and you can't beat the amount for pages for that price.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Kimi-Chan Experience on May 31, 2010
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WW 2 Guadalcanal. An American soldier is being hunted by two Japanese soldiers from the POW camp. His last actions and words of desperation are all about a mysterious beauty named Zephyrus, for whom he is willing to die. Just who is this goddess like woman? Fast forward twenty years in the future and change the scenery to Japan. One of the two soldiers is a wash out of man , living in slumlike conditions, his only achievement in life a son from a wife who left him. The other heads a large company with international business ties and is riding the waves of capitalism that is currently riding at an all time high. That is when Zephyrus makes her appearance again, and things begin to go wrong not only for this company, but business partners across the globe as they fall thrall to the mysteriously still young and bewitchingly beautiful woman known only as Zephyrus. Just what is she plotting and for what reason? With only the drunkard son of the down and out Army buddy on hand to discover her secrets, will the world be safe?

One of the forefathers of modern manga, Osamu Tezuka , brings a story of revenge, lust, and greed set in lush tropical paradises and playgrounds of the rich. Written back in 1968, the style of writing and the accompanying art clearly demonstrate the Japanese manga's early roots with its cross pollination from western comics and animated films. Tezuka has said that he was heavily influenced by the works of Walt Disney, and his earlier work for children, Astro Boy Volumes 1 & 2, clearly display this influence (with a taste of Terrytoon's Mighty Mouse on the side).
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This was Tezuka's first gekiga work. It may have it's flaws but I found the story quite interesting and loved the art, specifically some of the paneling due to the effect it gives you. I'm not gonna say to much regarding it's plot but it could have ended better. this is a good work to read before you read the tezuka titles that vertical put out just to see his transition into gekiga works.
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