About the Book :
Black Jack is a mysterious and charismatic young genius surgeon who travels the world performing amazing and impossible medical feats. Though a trained physician, he refuses to accept a medical license due to his hatred and mistrust of the medical community's hypocrisy and corruption. This leads Black Jack to occasional run-ins with the authorities, as well as from gangsters and criminals who approach him for illegal operations. Black Jack charges exorbitant fees for his services, the proceeds from which he uses to fund environmental projects and to aid victims of crime and corrupt capitalists. But because Black Jack keeps his true motives secret, his ethics are perceived as questionable and he is considered a selfish, uncaring devil.The Black Jack series is told in short stories. Each volume will contain 12-14 stories, each running approximately 24 pages in length. This first volume includes the following stories:Where's the Doctor?--A politician hires Black Jack to save his delinquent son from injuries incurred in an accident. Black Jack explains that he will need certain body parts from another boy in order to save the politician's son, so the politician arrests an innocent boy--Davey--and has Davey put to death after wrongly charging him for causing the accident which resulted in the politician's son's injuries. Insisting on complete seclusion while he operates, Black Jack saves the politician's son . . . or so it seems. In reality, Black Jack tranplanted the politician's son's face on Davey. Davey returns home and escapes with his mom using the money Black Jack was paid for the operation.Sometimes Like Pearls--Black Jack receives a package in the mail. It is a scalpel--encased in calcium--and a note with the initials J.H. At first perplexed, Black Jack eventually recognizes the initials as being those of his former mentor, who also once saved Black Jack's life. Still, he doesn't understand the significance of the scalpel, so he visits his old master. Sadly, J.H. has encephalitis, which caused his forgetting to accompany the scalpel with a letter. J.H. then explains the mystery surrounding the scalpel. When Black Jack was young, he needed surgery. Most believed he would not survive, but J.H. pulled Black Jack through. But J.H. discovered after the operation that he had left a scalpel inside Black Jack unbeknownst to all. He said nothing for fear of his negligence harming his practice, even though he lived in constant fear of the scalpel perforating Black Jack's organs at any moment. It wasn't until seven years later, during another surgical procedure on Black Jack, that J.H. secretly removed the scalpel. Miraculously, calcium had formed around the instrument--similar to the way in which a pearl is formed in an oyster--which served to protect Black Jack's organs from the scalpel's sharp point. Upon completion of his story, J.H. collapses. Though Black Jack tries valiantly to save his mentor, he cannot.
About the Author :
Osamu Tezuka was born on November 3, 1928, in Osaka. He grew up in a modern family exposed to manga and Walt Disney. As a boy he also had a love for insects; as a grown-up he would incorporate the ideogram for "insect" into his pen name. Having developed an intense understanding of the preciousness of life from his wartime experience, Osamu Tezuka aimed to become a physician and later earned his degree, but ultimately chose the profession he loved best: manga artist and animated film writer.Tezuka's manga and animated films had a tremendous impact on the shaping of the psychology of Japan's postwar youth. His work changed the concept of the Japanese cartoon, transforming it into an art form and incorporating a variety of new styles in creating the "story cartoon." Osamu Tezuka lived out his entire life tirelessly pursuing his efforts, passing away at the age of 60 on February 8, 1989.In all, Tezuka produced more than 150,000 pages of graphic storytelling before his death.