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Astro Boy, Vol. 1 & 2 Paperback – September 23, 2008

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Product Details

  • 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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By Lesley Aeschliman VINE VOICE on August 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
The manga published in this volume are not in chronological order. It starts with the story about the birth of Astro Boy, which was published in 1975; however, Tezuka created the manga in 1951. This origin story is very similar to the origin story presented in the 1960s Astro Boy anime series. It should also be noted that for this translation, Schodt primarily used the original Japanese names for the characters, with the main exception of using Astro Boy instead of Mighty Atom.

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.
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By D on October 23, 2013
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What a fun ride through nostalga. It was like racing home again to watch the black and white cartoons of my youth, only with the fun eye of an adult. Tezuka's insite into the minds of eight year old boys is hillarious. And the Art is as always perfect. I'm passing it on to my grandchildren!
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Gosh, NOSTALGIA! The less than stellar reviews seem to be based on the fact that they didn't like the retro-1960s artwork, but as an oldster, and avid viewer of the original television show in the 60s, this manga was a magnificent walk down memory lane. I loved it. I want all of the volumes on my bookshelf. I was approved for a review copy via Edelweiss in return for an honest review.
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It was fun to revisit something that was pretty neat when I was nine. Not sure what kids today would think of this. From a historical point of view, it was enlightening to know this was the starting point for American interest in Manga and Anime.
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WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

“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.

THUMBS UP:

1) Entertaining.
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.

3) Thought-provoking.
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.
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Astro Boy (Extreme Atom) is such a great series. Each volume contains and introduction by Dr. Tezuka, and several stories. Astro Boy as a series is great. I recommend it to anyone of any age. Great stories, characters (many cameos as usual), and a great lesson to take with each story.
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