Osamu Tezuka has won yet another award posthumously, this time it is the Eisner Award and it goes to the newly released English version of his 1948 classic The Mysterious Underground Men. The God of Manga claimed that this work was where he believed he had his first success. The manga is now fully released in colour and it is no surprise that it has already won an award.
Tezuka’s special brand of story-telling has a strong basis in its examination of humanity at it’s core and The Mysterious Underground Men is said to be one of his finest endeavors in that pursuit. It won the Eisner Award for Best U.S. Edition of International Material.
The Mysterious Underground Men tells the story of Mimio the talking rabbit, as he struggles to prove his humanity while helping his friends save Earth from an invasion of angry humanoid ants.
It is not surprising to see that nearly 70 years since its original release that Osamu Tezuka’s work can still be as ground-breaking today as they were back then. Osamu Tezuka truly is the God of Manga.