Cover image for Black Jack. Volume 12 / Osamu Tezuka ; [translation, Maya Rosewood, Kate Robinson].
Black Jack. Volume 12 / Osamu Tezuka ; [translation, Maya Rosewood, Kate Robinson].
Publication Information:
New York : Vertical ; London : Turnaround [distributor], 2010.
Physical Description:
304 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 21 cm
General Note:
"Originally published in Japanese as Burakku Jakku 12 by Akita Shoten, Tokyo, 1988"--Title page verso.

"First serialized in Shukan Shonen Champion, Akita Shoten, 1973-83"--Title page verso.

Book reads from right to left in the traditional Japanese format.
Wildcat Boy -- Signal -- Invader -- White Lion -- Tatsu the Outie -- Son of Hariti -- The Second One -- The boy in the Sealed Room -- Save the Baby! -- The Bear -- Operation of the Spirit -- Looking Good -- Prone to Laughter.
Short stories featuring Black Jack, the genius surgeon.


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TEZ V.12 Manga Adult Manga

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Black Jack is a mysterious and charismatic young genius surgeon who travels the world performing amazing and impossible medical feats. Though a trained physician, he refuses to accept a medical license due to his hatred of the medical community's corruption. He presents himself as a notorious scalpel for hire and keeps his real caring nature a secret. A rich medical drama, BLACK JACK mixes mystery, intrigue, suspense, action and a dash of humour. Presented in its original right-to-left format, Volume 12 collects 15 exciting new stories in English.

Author Notes

Osamu Tezuka was born on November 3, 1928, in Osaka. He grew up in an open-minded family exposed to comics and Walt Disney. As a boy he also had a love for insects, which he would later as a grown-up incorporate into pen name. Having developed an intense understanding of the preciousness of life from his wartime experience, Osamu Tezuka aimed to become a physician and later earned his degree in medicine, but ultimately chose the profession he loved best: manga artist and animated film writer.

Tezuka's manga and animated films had a tremendous impact on the shaping of the psychology of Japan's postwar youth. His work changed the concept of Japanese comics, transforming it into an art form and incorporating a variety of new styles in creating the "story cartoon." Osamu Tezuka lived out his entire life tirelessly pursuing his efforts, passing away at the age of 60 on February 8, 1989.

In all, Tezuka produced more than 150,000 pages of graphic storytelling before his death.

Reviews 1

Publisher's Weekly Review

Manga legend Tezuka fuses medical drama (think a manga House) with philosophy in this famed series about the adventures of the world's greatest surgeon, the eponymous Black Jack. Created in the '70s, Black Jack combines the episodic tension of Tezuka's early serials with the humanist concerns of his later work, like MW and Phoenix. Black Jack is a dramatic, nearly Byronic figure, with a scarred face and sinister black coat who is unlicensed despite his unparalleled healing skills. Operating outside normal society, Black Jack is called in for the most outre and serious cases: a rich man's son who needs a body transplant; a young woman who keeps seeing the face of a murderer through her newly transplanted cornea; an American superdoctor computer that decides it's sick. In one of his most bizarre cases, Black Jack removes from a woman a teratoid tumor containing an unborn twin and uses the removed bits and synthetic parts to create a lisping little girl named Pinoko who functions as his sidekick. With genre-spanning stories--horror, sci-fi, romance--and Tezuka's signature blend of drama, bathos and extreme broad comedy jammed together on every page, Black Jack is a wild but extravagantly entertaining ride that's far more accessible than the author's novel-length epics. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved