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Biographical Manga 'The Untold Story: How Tezuka Created His Black Jack' Ends

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Masaru Miyazaki, Kōji Yoshimoto's nonfiction manga inspired live-action special last year

The official Twitter account for Akita Shoten's Weekly Shōnen Champion magazine revealed on Wednesday that Masaru Miyazaki and Kōji Yoshimoto will end their nonfiction manga Black Jack Sōsaku Hiwa - Tezuka Osamu no Shigotoba Kara (The Untold Story: How Tezuka created his "Black Jack") in the magazine's 28th issue on June 12. Akita Shoten also revealed that the fifth and final compiled volume will ship on August 8.

In Black Jack Sōsaku Hiwa, Miyazaki and Yoshimoto recount the true story of how manga pioneer Osamu Tezuka (Astro Boy/Mighty Atom, Kimba the White Lion/Jungle Emperor, Phoenix) created Black Jack, his classic tale of a brilliant maverick doctor. Miyazaki and Yoshimoto used firsthand accounts from people who were actually at Tezuka's studio to give their behind-the-scenes account.

Black Jack Sōsaku Hiwa ranked #1 among the "Top 10 Manga for Male Readers" in the 2012 edition of Takarajimasha's Kono Manga ga Sugoi! guidebook. Weekly Shōnen Champion is the very same magazine that serialized the original Black Jack manga from 1973 to 1978.

The manga inspired the live-action television special Kami-sama no Beret Bō ~Tezuka Osamu no Black Jack Sōsaku Hiwa (God's Beret: The Untold Story of How Osamu Tezuka Created His Black Jack) starring SMAP band member Tsuyoshi Kusanagi (Ballad: Namonaki Koi no Uta, The Diary of Anne Frank, Yume o Kanaeru Zō). The one-episode special aired last September.

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