Astro Boy and Anime Come to the Americas Is Now Available

Astro Boy and Anime cover Though the official publication date is March 2009, Astro Boy and Anime Come to the Americas: An Insider’s View of the Birth of a Pop Culture Phenomenon, Fred Ladd’s personal history of anime and his involvement in it, is now available and is priced at $35.00. (I am the second author, though save for writing some sidebars and doing the index, my role was mainly editorial.) It is available directly from the publisher, McFarland, and from a number of online retailers both here and abroad, including Amazon. (The latter indicates that copies will not be shipped until after December 24th.)

Tezuka playing accordion

Tezuka and Astro Boy The above image of Osamu Tezuka playing the accordion (he apparently liked to surprise guests by showing off his musical talents doing this) is one of several supplied by Tezuka Productions that got into the final book. However, a number did not. Among the latter is the drawing of the right of Tezuka with Tetsuan Atomu (Mighty Atom)/Astro Boy.

Jungle Emperor introducedThe above is from Tezuka’s autobiographical manga, Paper Fortress, and Jungle Emperor obviously refers to the first TV version of Jungulu Taitei Leo (Jungle Emperor Leo)/Kimba the White Lion.

Author: Harvey Deneroff

Harvey Deneroff is a Los Angeles-based independent animation and film scholar specializing in labor history. He formerly taught at the Savannah College of Art and Design and was editor of Animation Magazine, Animation World Magazine, and Graiffit (published by ASIFA-Hollywood). He is the founder and past president of the Society for Animation Studies.