1973-1978 “Black Jack” was serialized in “Shukan Shonen Champion”
1979-1983 “Black Jack” one-shot versions were published in “Shukan Shonen Champion”
1993-2000 Original Video Animation “Black Jack” (Total of 10 volumes) was released
1996 Theatrical Animation “Black Jack” was released
2004-2006 TV animation series “Black Jack” was broadcasted
2005 Theatrical Animation Movie “Black Jack – two dark doctors -”was released
2006 TV animation series “Black Jack 21” was broadcasted

Black Jack is arguably Tezuka’s darkest and most adult work. Tezuka was a qualified doctor himself and in Black Jack, we see the kind of doctor that he would’ve liked to have been if he had chosen to take up medicine as his career.Through Black Jack, Tezuka imparts on us the dilemmas present in human society and in medicine.It has taken more than 30 years for Black Jack to be made into an animation series for the small screen. The show’s director is Tezuka’s son, Tezuka Makoto, who shows us Black Jack from a new perspective. Like the original comics, the animation also uses some of Tezuka’s other characters in the stories, most notably Sharaku (the main character in “The Three-Eyed One”).

Black Jack, whose real name is Hazama Kuroo, nearly died in an explosion which killed his mother. Dr. Honma Jotaro performs surgery on him when all the other surgeons had gave up; an event that convinces little Hazama Kuroo to become a surgeon himself. Although the surgery has saved his life, he is left with a huge scar across his face and rather bizarrely black and white hair.

Black Jack lives in a far away home clinic with his assistant Pinoko but often travels around the world to treat those in need of his services. His miraculous skill with the scalpel always manages to save those on the verge of death. However, his service comes at a price, an astronomical fee for the chance to carry on living.

Those in the certified medical world shun Black Jack as he operates without a medical license. Yet, he is not a bad person, he wants nothing more than to save the lives of those who go to him for help.

The stories revolve around Black Jack’s adventures as an outlaw surgeon. Many of the stories depict a good person overcoming some personal hardship, or Black Jack doing a good deed for which he receives no credit for. This usually involves curing the destitute for free or giving the pompous and capitalistic a lesson in humility.