.Although Tezuka Osamu eventually received his physician's license, he chose to devote his life to comics and animation rather than practice medicine. In doing so he brought an unusually creative and educated mind to both fields; In comics, in particular, he pioneered long narratives of hundreds, even thousand of pages, bringing "cinematic" art styles and novelistic plots to the medium. By 1950 he had firmly established his position as the leading comics artist of his day when he serialized his now-classic work, Jungle Emperor Leo(also known as Kimba the White Lion), in the monthly magazine, Manga Shonen. Then, in 1952, he began serializing Mighty Atom in the young boys' monthly Shonen. Mighty Atom, which later became "ASTRO BOY" as known as to Americans, becoming one of Tezuka's most popular and famous works Tezuka did not stop with Atom, however. He began turning out one hit after another, with Princess Knight in 1953, Ambassador Magma and W3("Amazing 3") in 1965, Vampire in 1966, and Dororo in 1967. In 1967 he also began drawing what he called his "Life work--the Phoenix--" and creating comics targeted at a more adult audience.
continued creating comics with powerful, original themes throughout
his long career. Some of his best known later works include Ode to Kirihito,
1970; A History of Birdmen, 1971; A hundred Tales, 1971; Ayako, 1972;
Black Jack and Buddha, 1973; MW, 1976; A tree in the Sun, 1981; Tell
to Adolph, 1983; Ludwig B., 1987; and Neo Faust, 1988. Tezuka continued
creating and drawing comics until he died on February 9, 1989.