As a special Halloween treat, we’d like to offer a COMPLETE story from Osamu Tezuka’s BLACK JACK Volume 1, “Teratoid Cystoma.” Black Jack is the world’s greatest surgeon but he’s also a dropout from society, giving him a “have scalpel, will travel” lifestyle. A brooding loner worthy of a Cure song, Black Jack faces humanity’s most appalling problems — some medical, some fantastic — but he also reflects Tezuka’s concerns with humanism in the face of evil.
As many know, “Doc” Tezuka went to medical school before becoming one of the world’s most influential artists and animators and was, in fact, a licensed doctor. Although the stories in BLACK JACK aren’t always “realistic” in the most obvious sense, the stories, and especially the detailed medical illustrations, have a great deal of realism.
In the present story, Black Jack is called in to remove a giant tumor from a woman…a tumor with….personality.
Thanks to Steve Vrattos and all at Vertical for arranging this preview. You can buy the entire BLACK JACK Volume 1 at Amazon. Volume 2 is due out November 18th.
REMINDER: read pages right to left!