- Series: Astro Boy (Dark Horse) (Book 1)
- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Dark Horse Manga (March 15, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1569716765
- ISBN-13: 978-1569716762
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.5 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,144,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Astro Boy, Vol. 1 Paperback – April 9, 2002
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Astro Boy Vol. 1 is the background story of how Astro Boy was created. However, when Tezuka-san put together these volumes, he mixed and matched different stories, created in different times, to best tell the story. For example, Tezuka-san created the series in 1951, but the first story in the volume was published in 1975. It also has Tezuka-san, interject some of his own personal insights into the book, so the reader better understands the story.
There are three stories about AstroBoy, who is the epitome of all that is good. The first, describes how Astro was created. The second, called Hot Dog Corps, is a strange story of how an army of robots, created from dogs, are ruled by a Princess who is ardent about keeping anyone from coming to the moon. The underlying story, is that good prevails.
The drawing, which is simple, yet interesting, is no too destracting.
I loved this Manga, and can't wait to read all of them. Like candy, they are little treats, that don't take a very long time to digest or consume.
Of good interest also are an introduction to the series, including notes on translation and selection. The translator attempted to preserve the Japanese names as much as possible, including nicknames, keeping only the Americanized Astro Boy instead of the direct translation Mighty Atom, as Astro Boy is the more familiar name.
Astro Boy is a lot like the Mickey Mouse of Japan, and his good-natured adventures are as much fun to read as the early Mickey Mouse comics. The difference comes in social issues, as Tezuka clearly uses his character to tackle ethical/political issues that interested him at the times, raising the comic up several notches.
This is an interesting story with a few surprising twists. The ending is classic Tezuka strangeness with Astro fighting Bron-X. If he wins Astro gets to give the head back to the villagers so they continue to use the light. There MUST be a better light source Astro could have offered than the incredibly dangerous head of Bron-X but such is the strange routes the mind of Osamu Tezuka travels.
Uran [Aug to Sept 1960] I take it this is the first appearance of Astro’s “Little Sister” Uran. It’s interesting that Astro’s siblings (who are simply robots with his same specs) were created as immature children. Both Cobalt and Uran act naïve, meanwhile Astro’s robot “parents” mention that they were created as adults. When Astro, Cobalt and Uran are at a robot fighting tournament Uran decides to jump into the ring and clobbers a robot with her 100,000 HP strength. Later, for reasons that are hard to explain, she is compelled to continue fighting in the tournament. She finds herself torn between school and robot fighting so a scientists offers to give her the ability to split in two.Read more ›
One of Osamu Tezuka's big influences was Walt Disney. When I compare Tezuka to some of the legendary Disney artists like Floyd Gottfredson and Carl Barks I have to give the nod to Disney. In my opinion Gottfredson and Barks were better storytellers and had more consistent artwork. What sets Tezuka apart is the philosophical and emotional depths of his stories. Unlike Gottfredson and Barks, who were Disney employees and constrained by company standards, Tezuka had full reign to express his own views and his stories were entirely his own vision. He might, for instance, break into the story and explain how he felt it was wrong that American censers disapproved of many of his stories and then scold westerners for propagating the myth that Japanese eat dogs. Tezuka has the freedom to explore topics that a Disney artist would never touch like a Dr. Moreau type scientist creating killer cyborgs from the nervous system of dogs. The stories feel much more personal and unconstrained.Read more ›
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Like the other Astro Boy manga so I've bought I had no problems and thye're in great conditionPublished 3 months ago by Anna
WELL IVE READ THE OTHER 21 IN FRONT OF THIS> GET THE WHOLE SERIES IF YOU CAN. FUN READING.Published 14 months ago by MIKE JACOBSEN
The Japanese seem to like American stuff. Likewise, Americans seem to like Japanese stuff. Though this cross-pollination seems a recent phenomenon, the import of "Astro Boy,"... Read morePublished on June 23, 2007 by ewomack