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Astro Boy Manga aquired by Dark Horse

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Will publish the series in their 4.5 x 11 inch format.

Source: TRSI

Dark Horse Comics has aquired the North American rights to Osamu Tezuka's Tetsuwan Atom manga series.

Tetsuwan Atom was first published in 1952 and in 1963 became the first Manga to be animated as a TV series and only the second ever Japanese animated TV series. Manga Calendar, the first ever Japanese animated TV series, aired several monthes earlier in 1962. Despite this, many people consider Tetsuwan Atom, renamed Astro Boy when it was broadcast in the United States, to be the first ever Anime TV series; this because Manga Calendar bears no ressemblance to later Anime.

Dark Horse plans to publish all 23 volumes of the series, in their 4.5 x 11 inch black and white format that is currently being used for their Lone Wolf and Cub release. Each volume will have over 200 pages and cost $9.95

Unfortunately for some, the Manga will be flipped to read left to right as opposed to the original right to left.

While purists prefer the original right to left format because the art looks the same as it does in the original, mainstream buyers and book stores have expressed frustration with the format.

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