Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
God of ComicsOsamu Tezuka and the Creation of Post-World War II Manga$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of
date: 15 November 2018

Communities and Competitions

Communities and Competitions

(p.89) 5 Communities and Competitions
God of Comics

Natsu Onoda Power

University Press of Mississippi

By the early 1950s, Osamu Tezuka had become the most popular cartoonist, and one of the highest-earning artists, in Japan. Because of his innovations and popularity, Tezuka inspired a large number of young people throughout the country to pursue a career in cartoons. His apartment in Tokyo became a commune of emerging cartoonists such as Terada Hiroo, Fujiko Fujio, and Ishinomori Shōtarō. During his early years in Tokyo, Tezuka reworked some of his early akahon volumes, including 38 do senjō no kaibutsu (The Monster on the 38th Parallel, 1953). Although Tezuka remained one of the most successful cartoonists in Japan, he struggled to keep up with competition in the comics industry as new genres emerged, such as kaiki manga (horror) and harenchi manga (comic-erotica), along with weekly magazines. Tezuka created his own versions of these newer genres by embellishing them with his own jokes, stars, and references.

Keywords:   comics, Osamu Tezuka, Japan, cartoonists, Fujiko Fujio, cartoons, akahon, competition, manga, magazines

University Press of Mississippi requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.