- Paperback: 424 pages
- Publisher: Dark Horse (September 30, 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: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,036,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Astro Boy, Vol. 1 & 2 Paperback – September 23, 2008
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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.Read more ›
“Astro Boy, Vols. 1 & 2” by Osamu Tezuka, a legendary manga master, is a collection of the first two volumes in a twenty-three-volume manga series Astro Boy. The Astro Boy series, a three-decade project that became a worldwide phenomenon and an inspiration for countless manga artists, features an extremely advanced android named Astro Boy that fights villains and their destructive creations to protect his friends, save the Earth and preserve the peace.
Five of the six stories in this book - “The Hot Dog Corps,” “Plant People,” “His Highness Deadcross,” “The Third Magician” and “White Planet” - were written in the early 1960’s, and the prequel to the whole series, “The Birth of Astro Boy,” was written in 1975. “Astro Boy, Vols. 1 & 2” also includes a very informative introduction to the Astro Boy series and Tezuka’s work in general.
The stories in “Astro Boy, Vols. 1 & 2” are action-packed, entertaining and funny in a silly-cute way.
2) Appealing artwork.
Strongly influenced by the works of Walt Disney, Tezuka’s art is very dynamic, detailed, entertaining and endearing. It is interesting to note that even though the Astro Boy series is Japanese manga, “Astro Boy, Vols. 1 & 2” is read from left to write because the English version is printed as a mirror image of the original.
Although goofy, stories in “Astro Boy, Vols. 1 & 2” are also touching and quite thought-provoking as they raise quite a few philosophical and moral questions about technology and our shared humanity.
4) Informative introductions.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Book is not that new as mentioned. However, the deliver is pretty quick.Published 20 months ago by Citi
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.Published on January 20, 2014 by Leapyfrog
Used this book in my Japanese Literature class. Awesome to get volumes one and two into one book. Great pricing and shipping timing. Satisfied.Published on July 23, 2013 by Jasmine Fuller
The book was "to be expected" in my eyes, but my son thought it would be a little different. I believe it's the fact that it's a retro comic. Read morePublished on June 8, 2010 by Suzanne