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Black Jack, Volume 3 [Paperback]

Osamu Tezuka

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Jan. 20 2009 Black Jack (Vertical) (Book 3)
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 and mistrust of the medical community's hypocrisy and corruption. This leads Black Jack to occasional run-ins with the authorities, as well as from gangsters and criminals who approach him for illegal operations.

Black Jack charges exorbitant fees for his services, the proceeds from which he uses to fund environmental projects and to aid victims of crime and corrupt capitalists. But because Black Jack keeps his true motives secret, his ethics are perceived as questionable and he is considered a selfish, uncaring devil. The Black Jack series is told in short stories. Each volume will contain 16-20 stories, each running approximately 20-24 pages in length.

Black Jack is recognized as Osamu Tezuka's third most famous series, after Astro Boy and Kimba, the White Lion.

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“Black Jack is a dramatic, nearly Byronic figure… 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.” –Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Black Jack, the tortured renegade surgeon who operates on the desperately needy (and, on occasion, himself)…makes TV’s Dr. House look like Mary Poppins.” –Los Angeles Times

“The stories are a unique mix of an Isaac Bashevis Singer morality tale, and outstanding creative medicine. Though Black Jack is aimed at a young audience, it has maturity not found in adult works. It’s a piece of comic art that excels in form, and message.” –Ain’t It Cool News
“While Astro Boy is more iconic and Phoenix is more epic in scope, Black Jack is arguably Tezuka’s best and most enjoyable work… [It] hits Tezuka’s sweet spot where his heart, his head and his sense of humor meet in perfect company.” –About.com
“Surely there’s nothing in this series more continually striking than the artist’s relentless, guaranteed depictions of surgery itself, happy rubber skin always peeled away to show realist meat and bone, minutely detailed organs mended or transplanted, then covered up again in the stuff of effortless napkin doodles… I found even the least of [these stories] fascinating examples of an artist casting his net especially far, secure in his talented hands and firm in his fame–ready to confront any malady, striving to cut away any harm, instrument tips sharp for making flesh whole.” –Jog The Blog
“‘Iconic’ doesn’t begin to sum up Black Jack’s importance in the world of manga… I see a lot of Tezuka fans reaching for their wallets–not just for this volume alone, but for the whole of Black Jack as it’s finally being re-released in the English-language edition it has always deserved. It was, and will be, more than worth the wait. Platinum Award.” –Advanced Media Network

“Great material–classic crazy Tezuka with a bloody medical heartbeat tuning out the sound of man’s inhumanity to man.” –Newsrama
“Totally fun, totally engrossing. Black Jack is a page-turner of the highest order, and I blew through 280+ pages and I’m hungry for more.” –Comics212.net

“To match the beautiful outside, Camellia Nieh did a fantastic job with the translation. The entire book was a fantastic read cover-to-cover that I refused to put down. Whether you’re just getting into manga, or have been a fan for decades, it would be a shame not to own this seminal title.” –Japanator

About the Author

Osamu Tezuka (1928-89) is the godfather of Japanese manga comics. He originally intended to become a doctor and earned his degree before turning to what was then a medium for children. His many early masterpieces include the series known in the U.S. as Astro Boy. With his sweeping vision, deftly interwined plots, feel for the workings of power, and indefatigable commitment to human dignity, Tezuka elevated manga to an art form. The later Tezuka, when he authored Buddha, often had in mind the mature readership that manga gained in the sixties and that had only grown ever since. The Kurosawa of Japanese pop culture, Osamu Tezuka is a twentieth century classic.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Tezuka shows us why he is the master of comics April 4 2009
By J. Thomason - Published on Amazon.com
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I love Osamu Tezuka, and this collection of his short stories only makes me love him more.

Black Jack is an unlicensed doctor who charges exhorbent fees, but he is able to perform operations no one else can. He appears to be heartless and only care about money, but we see he really does have a heart and uses the high fees to deal out justice.

In this collection we see him do battle with the dark doctor of death, the very antithesis of Black Jack.

Well written, well drawn, witty, and very relevant and deep, these comics are truly classics. I highly recommend this volume to everyone!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blackjack Hardcover Vol. 3 April 28 2009
By Peter Miller - Published on Amazon.com
Great set of stories, beautifully bound hardcover manga. A true masterpiece, any comic book fan should give the series a shot. The Hardcover edition contains an extra story that was too morbid or grotesque for the paperback edition.
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing! Feb. 9 2014
By Darrell W. - Published on Amazon.com
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Tezuka is the founder of manga, and this volume is just more of the greatest! buy it now guys, really!
5.0 out of 5 stars Strongest of the Series So Far July 24 2011
By Paige Turner - Published on Amazon.com
This volume of Black Jack is the most satisfying yet. Tezuka had me in tears at points and laughing at others. Yes, it is possible to be moved to tears by the stories written by the "God of Manga." Some of the stories are straightforward "morality tales" and others are more opaque. Sometimes he ties his stories up nicely with a little bow at the end. Other times, he leaves us to just think. In this volume, we get to know Pinoko, his adorable sidekick a little better. After all the stories, we still don't understand why Black Jack is so demanding of money. Where does it all go?

Osamu Tezuka is known as the "God of Manga" in Japan. He single-handedly made Manga respectable after WWII and pioneered the use of cinematic techniques. He not only entertained the public with characters like "Astro Boy" but he tackled more weighty subjects such as nuclear danger, Buddhism, and care for the environment. He created a "studio" of star characters, like a "Disney for Japan."

Tezuka's most autobiographical character is "Black Jack." Before becoming an artist full-time, Tezuka graduated from medical school. Black Jack is a "super doctor," an un-licensed maverick who is a fantastic surgeon. His exploits are so over-the-top, he must be Tezuka's dream of what a doctor could be. The actual medical terminology used, based on Tezuka's actual knowledge, add a level of realism and interest to the stories.

With fast-paced writing and kinetic artwork, once you start reading Black Jack, you won't be able to put it down.

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