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"Black Jack": Jack of All Trades, Master of All.

As a meager, part-time reviewer, I am somewhat daunted by the prospect of once again critically appraising the work of Japan’s greatest comic legend. I’m only an unwelcome personal literary adjudicator to the work of Osamu Tezuka. Why should simple old Jimmy Em to be putting him on trial once more? Anyhow, right or not, […]

Surgical Spirit: "Black Jack" Volumes 2, 3 and 4 Get a Clean Bill of Health!

There are some books simply too good to review— books that really don’t require the help of some meager assessor; that are happy enough to stand tall without third party endorsements. In essence, there are some books that make my job more without meaning than I could ever succeed at. Vertical have been hot on […]

A Winning Hand of Black Jack

Long before House M.D. whipped out his cane there was a maverick doctor who was regularly getting his scalpel wet. Every week in fact, in a serialized manga strip in Weekly Shōnen Champion. The tales continued for a whole decade before leapfrogging to anime in the eighties. I talk, of course, of the unlicensed skills […]

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