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Natsu Onoda Power

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781604732207

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604732207.001.0001

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Stars and Jokes

Stars and Jokes

(p.66) 4 Stars and Jokes
God of Comics

Natsu Onoda Power

University Press of Mississippi

Regardless of genre, topic, or style, Osamu Tezuka’s works appear to be connected. While each work is independent and coherent, one could feel a sense of inclusiveness and unity in all of them. To achieve this sense of unity, Tezuka relied on two important techniques: the Star System and recurrent jokes. In the Star System, story comics are produced based on a group of stock characters that are “cast” to play different roles in different comics. The system characterizes “stars” as separate from the “characters” they play in the comics. Tezuka’s visual jokes almost always occur at moments of emotional or narrative tension and may be understood in terms of theatricality and intertextuality.

Keywords:   comics, Osamu Tezuka, Star System, characters, stars, visual jokes, theatricality, intertextuality

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