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posted on 2001-08-17 03:04 EDT
Viz talks about the upcoming Tezuka Osama Mangas Adolf and Black Jack.

RE-INTRODUCING THE GOD OF ANIME AND MANGA...OSAMU
TEZUKA!

ADOLF
Tezuka's 5-part wwii masterpiece

BLACK JACK
Tezuka's signature dark adventure series

Osamu Tezuka...is pretty much the trunk all those branches and
leaves originally stem from. I think he may still be my favorite
comics artist of all time.
--Scott McCloud, author of Understanding Comics

San Francisco, CA (8/10/01)--Viz proudly reintroduces two works
by the most important manga artist of them all, Osamu
Tezuka--Adolf (5 vols.) and Black Jack (2 vols.).

Long regarded in his native Japan as a cultural icon and the
single artist most reponsible for the creation of Japan's vast
anime and manga culture, Tezuka is enjoying a rapidly growing
reputation in the West as one of the world's greatest comics
creators. That reputation will take a great leap forward this
November 9 when Sony Pictures Entertainment releases in US
theaters the eagerly anticipated anime film Metropolis, based on
Tezuka's comic of the same name, with a screenplay by famed
Akira creator Katsuhiro Otomo.

In acknowledgement of this latest Tezuka renaissance, Viz is
reintroducing Tezuka's critically acclaimed WWII epic Adolf and
his brilliantly executed dark adventure series, Black Jack,
featuring one of the most unlikely superheroes of them all--Black
Jack, outlaw surgeon. These important works, while only
representing a fraction of the prolific Tezuka's output, are an
essential component of any serious comics collection.

Adolf is published by Viz imprint Cadence Books, Inc. and is
available in 5 separate volumes, respectively subtitled A Tale of
the Twentieth Century, An Exile in Japan, The Half-Aryan, Days of
Infamy, and 1945 and All That Remains. The Black Jack series
is available in 2 volumes, respectively titled Black Jack and Black
Jack: Two Fisted Surgeon. Each volume of Adolf runs 238 to 278
pages, is in black and white, and retails for $16.95 US/$24.25
Canada. Each volume of Black Jack runs 184 to 200 pages, is in
black and white, and retails for $15.95 US/$23.95 Canada.

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