from the February 2009 issueTeach This Text Japanese books, including manga like this one, are meant to be read from right to left. So the front cover is actually the back cover, and vice-versa. To read this excerpt, start in the top right-hand corner. Read the panels, and the bubbles in the panels, from right to left, then drop down to the next row and repeat. It may make you dizzy at first, but forcing your brain to do things backwards makes you smarter in the long run. We swear.—Editors
© 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.