from the February 2009 issue
© 2009 by Tezuka Productions and Vertical, Inc.
Osamu Tezuka (1928–89) is the god of Japanese manga comics. He originally intended to become a doctor and earned his degree before turning to what was still then considered a frivolous medium. With his sweeping vision, deftly intertwined plots, and indefatigable commitment to human dignity, Tezuka elevated manga to an art form. Black Jack is his most popular work among adult readers in Japan.
Translated from Japanese by Camellia Nieh
Camellia Nieh has translated manga and novels from the Japanese. Her credits include Tezuka masterpieces such as Ode to Kirihito, MW, and Black Jack.