Special: BLACK JACK — “Teratoid Cystoma”

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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!

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Comments

  1. Thanks!

    Here’s some more back for you: Japanese Comics Wish You a Happy Halloween!.

  2. Michael says:

    Poor lil’ Pinako! So adorable.

  3. PoisonedV says:

    Kind of like faust from guilty gear, eh? eh?

  4. Whoa, thanks a bunch! I’m still waiting to get a call back on my order for the Diamond exclusive volume 1… T_T

  5. Tezuka is one of my fav mangaka.
    Thanks a lot!

  6. Angela says:

    Wow thanks for this Halloween treat!

    It was actually interesting in story wise but it was also gross and that poor girl at the end I felt so sorry for her (Her sister was just evil!)

    lol if it wasn’t for you guys I would continue thinking Black Jack was boring even though I never had a taste of it , now Im having second thoughts about not giving the anime and manga a chance.

    Thanks again for the taste, Ill be back for the future ones too .

  7. Angela says:

    Wow thanks for this Halloween treat!

    It was actually interesting in story wise but it was also gross and that poor girl at the end I felt so sorry for her (Her sister was just evil!)

    lol if it wasn’t for you guys I would continue thinking Black Jack was boring even though I never had a taste of it , now Im having second thoughts about not giving the anime and manga a chance.

    Thanks again for the taste, Ill be back for the future ones too .

  8. nekkikaty says:

    muy bueno ese cap, me gusto como se conocieron =)

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  1. [...] • The Beat has the complete “Teratoid Cystoma” from Osamu Tezuka’s Black Jack Volume 1 as a Halloween treat. [...]

  2. [...] As you go about your mornings and notice that the end of Halloween means that it is open season on Christmas in retail, here are three neat things I found on the internet to distract you from a retail onslaught that will likely be more intense than ever, in order to combat the recession. Seriously, my husband just got home from putting up Christmas decorations at work. 1. Heidi MacDonald at The Beat is running a complete Black Jack story by Osamu Tezuka, from the recent Black Jack Volume 1 published by Vertical Inc [LINK]. It’s my least favourite story in the volume, but only because I’m not really a fan of the character they introduce. It’s still a pretty outstanding example of what makes Tezuka’s Black Jack so enjoyable. [...]

  3. [...] Heidi MacDonald posts an entire story from vol. 1 of Osamu Tezuka’s Black Jack at The Beat. [...]

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