from "Black Jack"
He was the hard-boiled surgeon, the protagonist of the "Black Jack" series, who could in a sense be called the personification of the physician Tezuka Osamu. The questions Black Jack was asking, namely "What is the meaning of life?" and "In what does human happiness lie?", represent the themes that underwrite Tezuka Osamu's Manga. In light of this "(when I first started to draw the character), what was the meaning of the scar on his face, to say nothing of his pallor and his costume, his outdated bow tie and cloak? Why, when he demanded such exorbitant fees, did he leave in such a dilapidated old house? I hadn't given any of this any thought at all. There was no meaning attached to any of it."
As Tezuka Osamu says himself (in a postscript to Chapter 18 of "The Complete Works"), there is a certain poignancy in the fact that like the character of Black Jack, he did not have a particularly salubrious upbringing. Even so, like Atom, he was nurtured into a popular character and can thus be said to have had a charmed life as an actor.
1975Astro Boy /Astro BoyII
1975Boy Detective Zumbera
1976Horror Tales of Yotsuya
1976The Phoenix.Chapter of Nostalgia
1979Tezuka Osamu on American Comics
1981Rainbow Parakeet /Shuzenji Story
1982Rainbow Parakeet /We are not angels
1983This is what's going to happen in 1983
1984Dream cars & cars of the future