11/3/28 - 2/9/89
Widely credited as the most influential animator in Japan, Osamu Tezuka
gained popularity as a manga writer and illustrator up through the 1950s.
Tezuka's career parallels the rise of the animation Industry in Japan.
Tezuka set up Mushi Studios after being inspired by Disney. This production
company became a springboard for a number of animators, including Katsuhiro
Otomo (Akira). People feel Tezuka's vision remained fresh, contrary to the
corporate mentality of Disney.
After receiving his physician's license, Tezuka chose to devote his time to animation. Tezuka enjoyed a very long career as a cartoonist, recognized both in Japan and in the America. ASTRO BOY as it is known in America, becoming one of Tezuka's most popular and famous works.
Fun Fact: During the US occupation of Japan after World War 2, he sold pin-up drawings of women to US troops, often trading his artwork for military rations.