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Osamu Tezuka (1928-1989) was one of the greatest artists in the history of mankind. He created over 700 titles of manga and is the most renowned comics artist in Japan. Here are presented his most innovative and remarkable panels, each one a masterpiece in its own right.

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Ode to the humiliation

Meet sister Helen. She’s a nun from Christian monastery in South Africa. She contracted a disease which nature and origins are unknown - Monmow disease. It does not only make you look like a dog, but eventually kills you.

Sister Helen was invited to Japan by dr. Tatsugaura, director of unnamed big city hospital. He intends to become the chairman of Japan Medical Association. Tatsugaura is going to research the disease and publish the results in order to get some glory and publicity.

On the panel above we see sister Helen being exposed to Japanese doctors. She reluctantly obeys when dr. Tatsugaura orders her to take off her clothes…

From Ode to Kirihito by Osamu Tezuka

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So what happened at the end with jan and jan?

The operation was a complete “success”. After three weeks, the Jan with the body awoke from coma. The first thing he did was to break the tank with culture medium where his brother (so to speak) was kept. 

Black Jack was young at the time and this is one of these experiences that shaped his personality and ethics. Back then he was still a tiny bit arrogant and more optimistic about medicine. He agreed to perform the operation for 300 000 German marks and a promise to become a candidate for the Nobel prize.

But as we know, the late Black Jack would never agree to do a similar thing, no matter the renumeration. 

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