Black Jack (ブラック・ジャック Burakku Jakku) is a manga written and illustrated by Osamu Tezuka in the 1970s, dealing with the medical adventures of the title character, doctor Black Jack. Black Jack consists of hundreds of short, self-contained episodes that are typically about 20 pages long. Black Jack has also been animated into an OVA, two television series (directed by Tezuka's son Makoto Tezuka) and two movies. Black Jack is Tezuka's third most famous manga, after Astro Boy and Kimba the White Lion.
Black Jack is a medical mercenary, selling his skills to the highest bidder. He is a shadowy figure, with a black cape, eerie black-and-white hair, and stitched-up scars worming all over his body with the most prominent being across his face.
Black Jack's real name is Kurō Hazama (間 黒男 Hazama Kurō). When he was eight years old, he was terribly injured in an explosion but he was rescued thanks to a miraculous operation by Dr. Jōtarō Honma. The skin covering the left side of his face is noticeably darker due to getting a skin-graft from his best friend, who is half African. Kurō refused to have plastic surgery to match the skin color as a sign of respect for his friend. Part of Kurō's hair also turned white due to shock. Marked by this experience, Kurō decided to become a surgeon himself, taking the name of Black Jack.
Despite his medical genius, Black Jack has chosen never to obtain a surgical license, choosing instead to operate from the shadows. He considers licenses to be meaningless symbols of social status, preferring instead to live in anonymity. Also, a license would mean he would have to follow certain rules, including not charging large fees for operations.
In addition to his medical skills, Black Jack is a skilled fighter. While not violent by nature, he will not hesitate to use force to defend himself or others. Though preferring to fight with his fists, he will use a gun, and can use a scalpel as a throwing weapon somewhat like a shuriken.
ZCWO Premier Collection: 1/6th Scale Blackjack 12-inch Collectible Action Figure will feature Blackjack Headsculpt (OVA Version), ZCWO 12-inch Male Body, 5 pieces of interchangeable Hands, White Long Sleeve Shirt, Red Butterfly Tie (Metal Wire Inside), Black Vest and Black Overcoat, Black Jacket and Black Slacks, Black Shoes and Belt...
Black Briefcase with Surgery Tools: Stethoscope, Syringes, knife, Scissors, Clamps, Medicine Holder x 3. Also included: Red Wine, Glasses, Pipe. Action Figure Stand with Black Jack Logo.
Headsculptby Raniman (IMINIME), Sample Painting: Gugu Chris
© Tezuka Productions
Prototype shown, final product may be slightly different
Release date: Sept, 2012