Tezuka is the bestivez.
I mean, obviously he created Astroboy, so he has that going for him. But he also made about a thousand other things just as awesome and just as crazy. I read on some blog somewhere (I think it was Bryan Lee O'Malley's) that until the day he died he averaged about ten pages of comics every damn day. Holy crap.
Osamu Tezuka is not just the Jack Kirby of Japan. He is the Osamu Tezuka of the world. Where Kirby made some completely insane and awesome and innovative superhero comics, Tezuka just made completely crazy and insane and awesome comics about everything.
Like Black Jack, which is to quote Wikipedia about "a talented surgeon who operates illegally using radical and supernatural techniques to combat rare afflictions." That quick popping sound you just heard was my brain exploding with delight.
Or Mitsume ga Tooru, which is about "a junior high school student who must always wear a bandage over his forehead which conceals a third eye. When the third eye is covered Hosuke remains a normal boy. When the eye is exposed his evil side takes over and he becomes a sorcerer of enormous power with a desire to conquer the world." Oh damn son, that's hot.
Or Fushigi na Merumo, which details the stirring story of a young orphan. "The ghost of her dead mother visits her and gives her a bottle of candy given to her by God. The blue candy turns Melmo into a 19-year-old version of herself, while the red candy turns her back into a child. Combining the two turns her first into a fetus, then into an animal of her choosing. "
In this thread we talk about how I just got volume two of Phoenix
and it's completely crazy and I am in love with it.
Also: I love Astroboy more than pretty much anything else.