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Dark Horse Announces Omnibus Releases for Astro Boy

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Astro Boy Omnibus Volume 1 coverDark Horse Comics has announced that Osamu Tezuka’s Astro Boy manga series is receiving an omnibus treatment that brings back this beloved character for a whole new generation to enjoy. Astro Boy Omnibus Volume 1 is scheduled to be released to stores in October 2015.

According to Dark Horse, the first omnibus will include nearly 700 pages of content and will be priced at $19.99. The company also says the volume will collect rare and out-of-print material.

Astro Boy Omnibus Volume 1 details Astro Boy’s jet-powered, super strong, evil-bashing adventures. Tezuka’s exciting, whimsical, and touching work brings back a classic era of comics and animation, and features tales that readers both young and old will enjoy.

Astro Boy is a science fiction series set in a futuristic world where robots co-exist with humans. The titular character is a powerful robot created by Doctor Tenma, the head of the Ministry of Science to replace his son, who died in a car accident. But after Doctor Tenma realizes that the robot can never truly replace his son, he sells Astro Boy to a cruel circus owner. Professor Ochanomizu saves Astro Boy from the circus and becomes his legal guardian. Astro Boy goes on to fight crime, evil, and injustice.

The manga was originally published in Japan from 1951 to 1968. This was followed by a newspaper serialization from 1967-1969 and two additional series in 1972-1973 and 1980-1981.

In addition to being a beloved manga character, Astro Boy has also made his mark in anime. He was first brought to life on the screen in Japan with a black and white anime in 1963. The anime found success overseas when it was brought to America and dubbed into English. Over the years, Astro Boy has continued on with two anime remake series and the 2009 computer animated film. It was also recently announced that Australia’s Animal Logic Entertainment has partnered with Tezuka Productions to develop a live-action feature film for Astro Boy.

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