Art of Osamu Tezuka God of Manga
The Art of Osamu Tezuka
God of Manga
By Helen McCarthy
Illustrator Osamu Tezuka
Foreword by Katsuhiro Otomo
  • Imprint: Abrams ComicArts
  • Publication Date: October 1, 2009
  • Price: $40.00
  • Trim Size: 9 x 12 12
  • ISBN: 0-8109-8249-8
  • EAN: 9780810982499
  • Page Count: 272
  • Illustrations: 300 full-color illustrations
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Rights: North America

Osamu Tezuka has often been called "the god of manga" and "the Walt Disney of Japan," but he was far more than that. Tezuka was Walt Disney, Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Tim Burton, and Carl Sagan all rolled into one incredibly prolific creator, changing the face of Japanese culture forever. Best known for Astro Boy and Kimba the White Lion, Tezuka was instrumental in developing Japanese animation and modern manga comics.

The Art of Osamu Tezuka is the first authorized biography celebrating his work and life and featuring over 300 images—many of which have never been seen outside of Japan. With text by respected manga expert Helen McCarthy, The Art of Osamu Tezuka: God of Manga pays tribute to the work of an artist, writer, animator, doctor, entrepreneur, and traveler whose curious mind spawned dozens of animated films, and over 170,000 pages of comics art in one astonishingly creative lifetime.

The Art of Osamu Tezuka: God of Manga also includes an exclusive 45-minute DVD documentary covering Tezuka's prolific career, from his early manga characters to his later animation work. The package is out of the ordinary as well. It is a hardcover with an onlay and a vinyl jacket.

About the author

Helen McCarthy is the author of eight books about Japanese animation and comics, including the first book in the English language devoted to anime: Anime! A Beginners Guide To Japanese Animation (1993). She is also the curator of the Osamu Tezuka Film Festival at London’s Barbican Centre.