The Astro Boy Essays

No one knows more about this world and conveys it with greater warmth and unpretentious insight than Frederik L.

Schodt, and the timing of this collector’s edition is ideal: as Schodt notes in his new afterword, manga, Japan, and those of us interested in both are undergoing radical transformations. This remarkably thoughtful book is about the ever-changing relationship between Japan and the United States, the world's two largest industrial and economic powers. No question is more important, for our relationship with Japan and its technological and industrial juggernaut will determine our place in the world of the next century.--From the back jacket blurb, 1994. , he shows his deep command of the nuance of Japanese life.

Containing a historical overview, an examination of themes and artists, and over 200 illustrations from Japanese comics magazines, this classic work remains and essential guide for anyone interested in the future of popular visual culture.—From the back jacket blurb, 1987.

John Winner Astro Boy is a conscious robot, nuclear-powered, with synthetic skin giving him the appearance of a twelve-year-old boy, and plastic hair that sticks out like horns from the top and the left of his head.

Animation had been an interest for Tezuka long before he initiated this series.

His father owned a movie projector, and Tezuka was fascinated with American animated films from quite an early age, primarily those by Walt Disney, although the main influence discernible in the Astro Boy series is that of the Fleischer Brothers.

[1] The series became a sensation overnight, and by the mid-1950s had inspired a live-action television show.

Then in 1962, Tezuka himself developed an animated cartoon series for television – writing, drawing, even animating alongside his staff of six (some of whom went on to become notable figures in the industry).

Topics include Tezuka’s life, the art of animation, the connection between fantasy robots and technology, spin-offs, and Astro Boy’s cultural impact.

"To today's anime fans, Astro Boy is a historical figure more often heard of than seen. Schodt tells the full story about the little robot and his creator, Osamu Tezuka, in a delightful book that every anime fan should read." Dreamland Japan is a collection of provocative essays on Japan's very own pictorial narrative art: manga (Japanese comics).


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