Osamu Tezuka was born in Takarazuka, Japan on November 3, 1928. He is often referred to as the “Godfather of Manga”. In fact, there are very few who would disagree with that statement. To say that Osamu Tezuka revolutionized the industry, doesn’t give him enough credit.
In his early years, he showed a keen interest in drawing while at school. He became high in demand by his peers and his, eventually named, Manga drawing abilities began to show. Like so many great artists before him, those around him started to show sincere appreciation for his work.
The more he drew, the more he became eager to draw and learn more. His fascination with the smaller, not-so paid attention to details became legendary to those he knew. While some might look at something as simple as an insect, Osamu Tezuka studies its intricacies so that he may become the best in the world at what he did.
After high school
After graduating high school he enrolled in medicine, however, his desire for Manga continued to grow. As is the case for many young adults, he attempted to juggle both, but as we both know, this is often easier said than done. His desire for his craft wouldn’t go unnoticed and he received his first big break when he had some of his work published. This taste of success solidified what he already knew…he was to follow Manga.
He and a few other artists of the same genre then collaborated on a project. This project saw the team put together a 190-page book entitled “New Treasure Island”. A combination of their styles and efforts made this book an overnight success (although this is rarely a thing). This book instantly made him a recognizable figure in the industry.
In the 1950’s he would achieve the fame that many only dream of. In the 1950’s, he created and successfully launched Astro Boy. This character, the one that I grew up on, became massive. He appeared not only in novels but in television as well. Fast forward to the present and Astro Boy is still as recognizable as he was 55 years ago. Without preaching too much, Astro Boy is nearly worshipped in Japan.
Even though he only lived until he was 60 Osamu Tezuka did everything he could to revolutionize an industry. At the time of his death, he had drawn literally thousands of pages and many different animations. His life’s work demands the same respect as many other others who changed their industries. I point to Walt Disney as the perfect example. It’s no secret that the Lion King was slightly inspired by Kimba the White Lion.
Osamu Tezuka was light years ahead of his peers. He knew that Manga was going to be massive and even had a hunch that he was on to something when he penciled the trademark Manga, “Big Eyes”. Tezuka can proudly lay at peace knowing that he was the absolute best at what he did.