An unpublished 19-page manga drawn by the late legend Osamu Tezuka has been found in second-hand bookstore in the capital.
Tezuka, responsible for such enduring manga as “Astro Boy,” “The Phoenix,” and “Black Jack,” is thought to have drawn the manga in his teens, TBS reported Saturday. It was reportedly kept by one of Tezuka’s junior high school friends for over 60 years before being discovered by Tezuka’s estate in April on display at a Tokyo bookshop.
Tezuka died in 1989.
The manga, the existence of which was previously unknown to even Tezuka Productions Co, is believed to have been drawn by Tezuka shortly before he made his debut as a professional manga artist in 1946 with the release of “Diary of Ma-chan.”
Tezuka Productions Co, which bought the book for 3 million yen, has since authenticated the work, TBS reported. The company said the book is a very important find in the history of manga.
The manga takes a humorous look at life in Japan after the end of World War II, including the black markets and food shortages that pervaded Japanese society at the time.