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Osamu TEZUKA (The God of Manga)

手塚 治虫
Family name (in kanji): 手塚
Given name (in kanji): 治虫
Birth name: Osamu (治) Tezuka (手塚)
Date of birth: 1928-11-03
Hometown: Toyonaka, Osaka, Japan
(1937) Writes his first Manga "Pin Pin Nama-chan".
(1939) Creates his Pen Name.
(1946) First Published Manga, Diary of Ma-chan.
(1947) New Treasure Island, Tezuka's first Tankoubon, published.
(1949) Metropolis Manga published in book form.
(1950) Emperor Leo serialized in Manga shonen
(1951) Graduates from Osaka University Medical School
(1951-04) Captain Atom serialized. Features Astro Boy as a supporting character.
(1952) Passes state medical exam
(1952-03) Captain Atom serialization ends.
(1952-04) Astro Boy begins serialization in Shonen comic
(1953-01) Princess Knight Manga serialized in "Shojo club" by Kodansha
(1954) Phoenix first chapter, "book of Dawn," serialized in Manga Shonen
(1955-04-04) Princess Knight Radio Program starts broadcasting
(1963) First Astro Boy TV series begins
(1963) The Big X manga serialization begins
(1965) Kimba the White Lion TV series starts - first color anime
(1965-05) Amazing Three (W3) serialized in Weekly shonen Sunday
(1965-05) Ambassador Magma Serialized in Shonen Gahou
(1966) Vampires serialization begins
(1967-08) Dororo serialized in "weekly shonen Sunday"
(1968-03) Astro boy serialization finishes.
(1969-09) Triton of the sea (Blue Triton) serialized in Sankei Newspaper
(1972) Buddha serialization begins
(1973-09) Blackjack serialized in "Weekly Shonen Champion"
(1976-11) Unico serialized in Ririka shoujo magazine from Sanrio
(1978) Weekly Black Jack serialization ends - only occasional specials after this
(1981-04) Tezuka's Ancestor Dr. Ryoan serialized in "Big Comic" magazine
(1983) Adolf serialized in Shukan Bunshun
(1983) Buddha serialization ends
(1984-10) Black Jack serialization ends.
(1985) Adolf serialization ends
(1986) Wins Kodansha Manga Award for Adolf
(1989) Dies of cancer
(2002) He was posthumously inducted into the Will Eisner Hall of Fame.
(2003-05-07) Birth Date of Astro Boy, specified in original manga; Tezuka Honored in Japan
Date of death: 1989-02-09
Bug Collecting and Entomology
Skills & Abilities:
Doctor of Medicine
Father of director Makoto Tezuka.
Often referred to as the God of Manga, Osamu Tezuka's illustrious career created a huge amount of Manga and Anime (only a small part of which is listed above).
It is often said (and reasonably so) that had it not been for Osamu Tezuka Japanese Manga and Anime would not be what they are today.
While his real Japanese name was 手塚治, Osamu Tezuka used the Pen Name 手塚治虫. Both names are pronounced exactly the same, the 虫 (mushi) means insect in Japanese and Tezuka was extremely interested in insects. He decided to add 虫 to his name when he learned about an insect called Osamushi.
He later named his first production studio Mushi Productions.
Non-anime staff credits:
Story for "Astro Boy Omega Factor" (VG)
Story for "Astro Boy: Tetsuwan Atomu" (VG)
Story for "Blood Will Tell: Tezuka Osamu's Dororo" (VG)
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Dororo: 4 Weeks at #1 (Feb 21, 2007)
Buddha in Time (Oct 28, 2006)
2006 Eisner Nominations (Apr 5, 2006)
Interview: Makoto Tezuka (Sep 1, 2005)
New Blackjack Movie (Jul 17, 2005)
2005 Eisner Nominations (Apr 14, 2005)
Wired on Anime (Aug 26, 2004)
Eisner Awards (Jul 24, 2004)
Black Jack TV Series (May 24, 2004)
New Tezuka Anime (May 22, 2003)
Dororo Video Game (Apr 28, 2003)
Tokyopop Contest (Aug 1, 2002)
Phoenix Website (Jun 5, 2002)
AnimeFringe: April 2002 (Apr 2, 2002)
"Osama" Tezuka (Mar 3, 2002)
More Tezuka From Viz (Feb 20, 2002)
Metropolis PR (Dec 17, 2001)
Happy Birthday Walt (Dec 5, 2001)
Viz Press Release (Aug 17, 2001)
Tezuka Awards Correction (Mar 21, 2001)
Metropolis Screenshots (Sep 28, 2000)
News Briefs (Jul 28, 1999)
US Anime News Briefs (May 21, 1999)
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Astro Boy (U.S. movie) : Original creator

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Adachi-ga Hara (movie) : Original creator
Adiós Noches (manga) : Story & Art
(The) Adventure of Rock (manga) : Story & Art
(The) Adventure of Rubi (manga) : Story & Art
Akuemon (OAV) : Original creator
Alabaster (manga) : Story & Art
Alakazam the Great (movie) : Original creator
Ambassador Magma (manga) : Story & Art
Ambassador Magma (OAV) : Original creator
Angel's Hill (manga) : Story & Art
(The) Ant and The Giant (manga) : Story & Art
Ao Kishi - Tetsuwan Atom Ao Kishi yori (manga) : Original creator
Apollo's Song (manga) : Story & Art
Astro Boy (manga) : Story, Art
Astro Boy (TV 1/1963) : Series Director, Script (6 episodes
eps 89-90, 102, 116, 122, 193
, Episode Director (16 episodes
eps 1-5, 11, 19-22, 41, 67, 90, 102, 122, 193
, Original Manga
Astro Boy (TV 2/1980) : Script (9 episodes
eps 1-2, 9, 26-27, 46, 50-52
, Storyboard (eps 1, 26, 46), Episode Director (ep 1), Original Manga, Original Character Design, Key Animation (ep 1)
Astro Boy (TV 3/2003) : Original creator, Original Animation (ED2)
Astro Boy - Tetsuwan Atom (manga) : Original creator
Astro Boy: Hero of Space (movie) : Original creator
Astro Boy: Shinsen-gumi (movie) : Original creator
Atom The Beginning (TV) : Original Concept
ATOM: The Beginning (manga) : Original Concept
Atomcat (manga) : Story & Art
Ayako (manga) : Story & Art
Baggy (movie) : Director, Script, Character Design, Animation Director, Color design, Key Animation, Original Plan, Rendition, Storyline
Barbara (manga) : Story & Art
Belladonna of Sadness (movie) : Producer 
Big X (manga) : Story & Art
Big X (TV) : Original creator
Black Jack (manga) : Story & Art
Black Jack (OAV) : Original Manga, Original Character Design
Black Jack (ONA) : Original story
Black Jack (TV) : Original Manga
Black Jack - Kuroi Ishi (manga) : Original creator
Black Jack 21 (TV) : Original Manga
Black Jack Final (OAV) : Original creator
Black Jack NEO (manga) : Original story
Black Jack Special: The 4 Miracles of Life : Original creator
Black Jack The Movie : Original Concept, Character Design
Black Jack: Child from the Sky (OAV) : Original creator
Black Jack: The Two Doctors Of Darkness (movie) : Original Manga
Blue Blink (TV) : Original creator, Character Design
Boku no Son Goku (movie) : Original Manga
Bomba! (manga) : Story & Art
(The) Book of Human Insects (manga) : Story & Art
Brave Fire S09 (special) : Director, Script, Original story, Planning
Bremen 4: Angels in Hell (movie) : Director, Screenplay, Original creator, Character Design, Supervising Director, Key Animation, Theme Song Lyrics
Broken Down Film (movie) : Original Concept, Rendition, Storyline
Buddha (manga) : Story & Art
Buddha 2: Tezuka Osamu no Buddha - Owarinaki Tabi (movie) : Original creator
Buddha: The Great Departure (movie) : Original creator
Buta no Omochitsuki (manga) : Story & Art
Captain Ken (manga) : Story & Art
(The) Castle of Dawn (manga) : Story & Art
Chinnen and Kyo-chan (manga) : Story & Art
Cigarettes and Ashes (movie) : Producer
Cleopatra (movie) : Director, Original Plan
(The) Crater (manga) : Story & Art
(The) Devil Garon (manga) : Story & Art
Diary of Ma-chan (manga) : Story, Art
Doggie March (movie) : Original creator
Don Dracula (manga) : Story & Art
Don Dracula (TV) : Original creator
Dororo (manga) : Story & Art
Dororo (live-action movie) : Original creator
Dororo (TV 1969) : Original creator
Dororo (TV 2019) : Original creator
Dr. Pinoko no Mori no Bōken (movie) : Original creator
Dr. Thrill (manga) : Story & Art
Drop (movie) : Original story, Animation, Background Art, Rendition
Exploration Record of A-chan and B-ko-chan (manga) : Story & Art
(The) Fantastic Adventures of Unico (movie) : Original Manga, Supervision
Faust (manga by O. Tezuka) : Story & Art
Fumoon (movie) : Original story, Executive producer
Future Man Chaos (manga) : Story & Art
Galaxy Investigation 2100: Border Planet (movie) : Director, Screenplay, Original Work, Original Plan
General Onimaru (manga) : Story & Art
(The) Genesis (movie) : Executive producer
Giletta (manga) : Story & Art
Ginga Shonen Tai (puppet TV) : Original creator
Go Astro Boy Go! (TV) : Original creator
Goku no Daibōken (TV) : Original creator
(The) Green Cat (OAV) : Director, Original Manga
Gringo (manga) : Story & Art
Hato yo Ten Made (manga) : Story & Art
Hidamari no Ki (manga) : Story & Art
Hidamari no Ki (TV) : Original story, Original Manga, Title Lettering
Hikari (manga) : Story & Art
Hokkyoku no Mūshika Miishika (movie) : Supervision
I am Sarutobi! (manga) : Story & Art
I.L (manga) : Story & Art
In The Beginning - The Bible Stories (TV) : Character Design, Original Plan
Jet King (manga) : Story & Art
Jetter Mars (TV) : Original Manga
Jumping (movie) : Director, Original Plan, Rendition, Storyline
Jungle Emperor Leo (manga) : Story & Art
Jungle Emperor Leo (movie 1966) : Original Manga
Jungle Emperor Leo (movie 1997) : Original Manga
Jungle Emperor Leo (special) : Original creator
Kimba the White Lion (TV 1/1965) : Original Manga
King Kong (manga) : Story & Art
(The) Legend of Dororo and Hyakkimaru (manga) : Original creator
Legend of the Forest (movie) : Director, Scenario, Storyboard, Design
Lion Books (manga 1956) : Story & Art
Lion Books (manga 1971) : Story & Art
Lost World (manga) : Story & Art
Love Position - The Legend of Halley (OAV) : Original creator
Ludwig B (manga) : Story & Art
Lunatic Japan (manga) : Story & Art
Lunn Flies into the Wind (OAV) : Director, Original creator
Mako, Rumi and Chii (manga) : Story & Art
Male (movie) : Producer
Marvelous Melmo (manga) : Story & Art
Marvelous Melmo (TV) : Screenplay (eps 1, 11), Storyboard (eps 1, 11), Episode Director (eps 1, 11), Original creator, Animation Director (ep 1)
Memory (movie) : Original story, Animation, Rendition
Mermaid (movie) : Original story, Animation, Rendition
Message to Adolf (manga) : Story & Art
Metropolis (manga) : Story, Art
Metropolis (movie) : Original Manga
Microid S (manga) : Story & Art
Microid S (TV) : Original creator
Midnight (manga) : Story & Art
(The) Miracle Forest (manga) : Story & Art
Misuke in Southern (movie) : Original story, Producer
Misuke in the Land of Ice (movie) : Original story, Producer
Mr. Doronko (manga) : Story & Art
Multiple-Eyed Devil (manga) : Story & Art
MURAMASA (movie) : Director, Original story, Storyline
MW (manga) : Story & Art
MW (live-action movie) : Original creator
(The) Mysterious Underground Men (manga) : Story & Art
Neo Faust (manga) : Story & Art
(The) New Adventures of Kimba The White Lion (TV 1989) : Original Manga, Character Design
New Jungle Emperor, Go Ahead Leo! (TV) : Original creator
New Treasure Island (manga) : Story, Art
New Treasure Island (special) : Director, Script
Nextworld (manga) : Story & Art
Norman (manga) : Story & Art
Norman (special) : Screenplay, Original creator
Number 7 (manga) : Story & Art
Ode to Kirihito (manga) : Story & Art
Okazaki City in 70 Years (movie) : Original story
Once Upon A Time (movie by O. Tezuka) : Original story, Producer
One Hundred Tales (manga by Tezuka) : Story & Art
One-Million Year Trip: Bander Book (special) : Director, Script, Original story, Art, Rendition, Storyline
Peeping Life TV Season 1?? : Original Character Design
Phoenix (manga) : Story & Art
Phoenix (TV) : Original creator
(The) Phoenix -Space- (OAV) : Original Manga
Phoenix 2772 - Space Firebird (movie) : Chief Director, Screenplay, Original story, Key Animation
(The) Phoenix: Chapter of Dawn (movie) : Original Manga, Animation Director
(The) Phoenix: Chapter of Ho-o (movie) : Original Manga
(The) Phoenix: Chapter of Yamato (OAV) : Original creator
Phoenix: Eden17 (ONA) : Original creator
Pictures at an Exhibition (movie) : Executive Director, Original Plan, Storyline
Pinocchio (manga) : Story & Art
Pluto (manga) : Original creator (Tetsuwan Atom)
Pluto (ONA) : Original creator (Astro Boy)
Pornographic Pictures (manga) : Story & Art
Prelude of the Rainbow (manga) : Story & Art
Prime Rose (manga) : Story & Art
Princess Knight (manga) : Story & Art
Princess Knight (TV) : Episode Director (eps 1, 22), Original creator, Executive Director
Push (movie) : Original story, Art, Rendition, Storyline
Queen Nasubi (manga) : Story & Art
Rain Boy (OAV) : Director, Original Manga
(The) Rainbow Fortress (manga) : Story & Art
Rainbow Parakeet (manga) : Story & Art
Ray (TV) : Original Creator of BJ
Roppu-kun (manga) : Story & Art
Saving our Fragile Earth: Unico Special Chapter (movie) : Original Manga
Say Hello to Bookila! (manga) : Story & Art
Sekai Meisaku Dōwa: Mori wa Ikiteiru (movie) : Character Design
Self-portrait (movie - Osamu Tezuka) : Director, Animation, Original Plan, Rendition, Storyline
(The) Shinsen-gumi (manga) : Story & Art
Shumari (manga) : Story & Art
Sindbad the Sailor (movie) : Script
Son-goku Is Coming: Chapter of Ko-fu Dai-o (special) : Original creator
Son-Goku the Monkey (manga, Osamu Tezuka) : Story & Art
Space Airport (manga) : Story & Art
Space Journey - The First Dream of Wonder-kun (special) : Screenplay, Original story
Super Taiheiki (manga) : Story & Art
Swallowing the Earth (manga) : Story & Art
Symphonic Poem: Jungle Emperor Leo (OAV) : Original story
Tales of the Street Corner (movie) : Original creator, Executive producer
Tange Sazen (manga) : Story & Art
Team Phoenix (manga) : Original creator
Tenguri, the Boy of the Plains (movie) : Script, Original Plan
Tezuka Osamu ga Kieta?! 20 Seiki Saigo no Kaijiken (special) : Original creator
Tezuka Osamu Story: I Am Son-Goku (movie) : Character Design (from "Son-goku the Monkey"), Original Plan
A Thousand & One Nights (movie) : Screenplay, Original story, Executive producer
(The) Three-eyed One (manga) : Story & Art
(The) Three-eyed One (TV) : Original story
Three-Eyed One - Prince in the Devile Island (movie) : Original story, Storyline
(The) Three-eyed One: Prince in the Devile Island (special) : Original Manga
Till a City Beneath the Sea is Built (special) : Original story, Supervision
A Time Slip of 10000 Years: Prime Rose (special) : Original creator, Character Design, Storyline
Tomorrow The Birds (manga) : Story & Art
Tonkaratani Monogatari (manga) : Story & Art
Treasure Island (manga) : Story & Art
Triton of the Sea (manga) : Story & Art
Tuberculoses (manga) : Story & Art
(The) Twin Knights (manga) : Story & Art
Umi no Triton (movie) : Original creator
Umi no Triton (TV) : Original story
Under the Air (manga) : Story & Art
Undersea Super Train: Marine Express (movie) : Original Storyline, Rendition
Unico (manga) : Original Manga
Unico in the Island of Magic (movie) : Original Manga
Unico: Short Story (movie) : Original Manga, Supervision
Vampire (live-action TV) : Original story
(The) Vampires (manga) : Story & Art
(The) Vampires Part 2 (manga) : Story & Art
Wansa-kun (manga) : Story & Art
Wansa-kun (TV) : Original story
(The) Whirlwind Z (manga) : Story & Art
(The) White Pilot (manga) : Story & Art
Wonder Beat Scramble (TV) : Executive producer, Planning
Wonder Three (manga) : Story & Art
Wonder Three (TV) : Chief Director, Script (eps 11, 52), Episode Director (eps 1, 11), Original Manga, Animation, Executive Director
(The) Wonderful Journey (manga) : Story & Art
World's Famous Stories for Children: Thumb Princess (movie) : Character Design
X-Point on the South Pacific (manga) : Story & Art
Yakeppachi no Maria (manga) : Story & Art
Yamataro Comes Back (OAV) : Director, Original story
Yasashii Lion (movie) : Executive producer
Young Black Jack (manga) : Original creator
Young Black Jack (TV) : Original Concept
Zero-Man (manga) : Story & Art
Zero-Man (special) : Story

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