Osamu Tezuka’s Black Jack

There are few that can lay claim to have the scope or range of Tezuka. Much less, be validated of their claims.

During his prolific run, he produced a comic about a black market doctor named Black Jack; a doctor-for-hire who’s capable of godly surgical procedures but will charge exorbitant rates to his patients.

Black Jack spoke volumes about the value of human life. His patients varied in social stature, race, religion and age. The stories often deal with how these varying elements affect the worth of a life in society despite the assumed notion that all life is priceless.

You’d do yourself a favor to give it a read if you haven’t.

Posted Friday, July 23rd, 2010 under Artists, Work: Personal.


  1. This is one of the nicest things I’ve seen you draw

    It has reverence

  2. Awesome drawing. That’s a very insightful description of Black Jack as well. I agree Andy, there’s definitely a very personal feeling of reverence to Weigy’s drawing and writing.

  3. Thank you for the kind words. Reverence is exactly what I feel for Tezuka. The man has done so much and I think the majority of the Western world has yet to know most of his works.

    Some of his works will probably never see an English translation. While MW has surprisingly received one, I will forever wait for an English translation of Alabaster despite reliable sources telling me that I shouldn’t be holding my breath for it.

    I only managed to find a half-decimated copy of Alabaster in an already closed-by-now comic book rental store by my aunt’s home. I still long to read the entire run of it.

  4. To be honest, this really blew me away. Your Tezuka fanart seems to bring out the best in you.

    When I see this, I see a frustrated man. Frustration at the lack of understanding between the way people treat each other, their disregard for life and the pettiness of so-called healers of the body. Yet, he keeps his frustration in check, fueling his struggle, and using it to change people’s lives for the better.

    Reverence… his is outfit not that dissimilar from a priest’s. Black Jack knows that he can heal our bodies and give us life, but the power to heal our souls and find the will to live is completely our own.

  5. Thanks Josh! Tezuka fanarts are great fun. Attempting to translate, not change, his perfect distillation is great exercise. The more I try to draw his characters, the more resounding it is to me that man’s style wasn’t created out of limitations as many of his detractors would like to state.

    What you got out of Black Jack’s design speaks volume of Tezuka’s skills. Every single curve and line communicates intent and scope.

  6. Crysta says:

    I love Black Jack, it’s amazing.
    Sometimes i cry when i watch some of the episodes.

    I also really like your tumblr.

  7. Thanks Crysta! You should read Tezuka’s “Phoenix” next. After that… There are still many more Tezuka titles that are awaiting for your tears.

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