Tezuka Osamu, the God of Manga, was born in 1928. He spent a sixty short years on earth but what he did with his time is really quite amazing. He drew more than 150,000 pages over 700 volumes of manga in his lifetime. He also produced another 200,000 pages of storyboards and scripts for nearly 500 episodes of a variety of popular animated T.V. series and numerous award-winning short and feature-length animated films.
The most recognised creation of his, arguably, the Astro Boy was created in 1952. Astro Boy is Japan's first animated TV series and later he produced more animations such as Jungle Emperor Leo, Black Jack, Kimba the White Lion, Pheonix etc. Tezuka Osamu's manga and animated films had a tremendous impact on the shaping of the psychology of Japan's postwar youth. His works changed the concept of the Japanese cartoon and transformed it into an irresistible art form.
Tezuka Osamu's legacy has continued to be honoured among mange artists and animators such as Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Aways, My Neighbour Totoro) and Akira Troiyama (Dragon Ball and Dr. Slump) who have cited Tezuka as an inspiration for their works.