Astro Boy, Cyborg 009, Black Jack, Kamen Rider… those manga names all sound familiar to most ears, but do you know their creators?
With all the attention being drawn to manga characters, it’s easy to forget the brains behind the operation. This latest exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo celebrates the two iconic innovators, Osamu Tezuka and Shotaro Ishinomori. The two creators not only designed their own characters, but they also collaborated on Shonen Manga magazines back in the early 1950s.
Nowadays, manga is of course part of international pop culture thanks to the early work of people like Osamu Tezuka, dubbed “the God of Manga”, while the “King of Manga”, Shotaro Ishinomori, helped develop the medium. The exhibit pays tribute to both those pioneers by covering their entire careers, starting with early drawings to their most influential works.
In addition to the works of Tezuka and Ishinomori (respectively best known for Atom Boy and Cyborg 009), The Power of Manga will present works created in homage to the two great minds by contemporary artists who were deeply influenced by their work.
The Power of Manga: Osamu Tezuka and Shotaro Ishinomori
More info: www.mot-art-museum.jp
When: until September 8, closed Mondays
Where: Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (see map)
How much: ¥1,200 (adults)/ ¥900 (uni students and over 65)/ ¥700 (HS/JHS students)
Main image: massdistraction/Flickr