Osamu Tezuka shared his kingly status in the realm of Manga alongside Hergé and Jack Kirby and this year.
The International Festival of Comics (FIBD) Angoulême pays tribute to him with a retrospective unpublished showcasing. Stéphane Beaujean, the artistic director of the FIBD who is also the curator of the exhibition, critically reviews five of his major Mangaka plates.
The post-World War II creative minds of Japan celebrated Mangaka with their creations and Tezuka was one of the prolific creators among them. Osamu Tezuka (1928-1989) is credited with producing more than 150,000 boards and about 400 books in his 40-year career. He was a follower of the greatly popular Walt Disney’s work as he was a theater and film buff. His brainchildren were the famous Astro Boy and King Leo. He is surely one of the first Japanese comic creators who were successful outside the Archipelago.
Osamu Tezuka stands with the most important authors in comic strip history. The International Festival of Comics (FIBD) celebrates his considerable influence on the Manga sector 30 years after his death. Stéphane Beaujean’s review reveals five of his marvelous characters including Astro Boy, Princess Sapphire and King Leo, among others.
“Astro Boy is without a doubt the most famous character of Tezuka,” states Stéphane Beaujean, adding that it could be stands a chance to be even “the most famous Manga character in the world.” The series became sort of an emblem of Japan with interesting characteristics of their heroes of the time which were characterized by an ambassador who is the defender justice and who belongs to two different worlds while both reject him, that of the men and that of the machines.
He shares about “Princess Sapphire,” which was created in 1953, around the same time as Astro. According to Stéphane Beaujean, Princess Sapphire was created alongside “a third Mangaka cult figure, King Leo, in what I call Tezuka’s ‘golden age’.” Yet, this one did reign alone, in a quasi-monopoly, same as the ones Hergé had created during the time the Manga and entertainment sector gained prominence in Japan. King Leo was the protagonist of his first long series that he created even before Astro Boy, back in 1950.
“Star System” shows the reunion of all the characters that he created as heroes with a gallery of characters that he considered actors and who traveled from one comic to another. He reinvented himself throughout his career even at the dusk of his career when he realized that he will have to leave a legacy behind and created “The History of the 3 Adolf,” which was drawn since 1983 and did leave a legacy of Tezuka. It was his message about the trauma of war and which made him a pacifist and humanist. These five works did surely give a conclusive account on Tezuka’s brilliance, as reported by Le Monde.