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Saturday, June 14, 2008

Osamu Tezuka

Lived: 1928-1989

Claim to Fame: Father of manga and anime

When Osamu Tezuka died in 1989, Japan's leading newspaper published a moving editorial remembering the Father of Modern Manga and Anime. "Foreign visitors," the editorial said, "often find it difficult to understand why the Japanese people like comics so much. One explanation is that Jpan had Osamu Tezuka, and other nations did not."

Osamu Tezuka is responsible for the Japanese comics and animation we all know and love. Everything about it- the big eyes, the spiky hair and the edge-of-your-seat storyline- came from him. He was a doctor by profession, but he made a career out of his childhood hobby instead. In 1947, he published New Treasure Island, which was unlike any comic had ever seen before. His other works, including Kimba the White Lion and Astro Boy, are drawings, and he inspired the next generation of anime and manga artists who would take his art form to a new level.



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