Black Jack
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Black Jack

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English: Black Jack
Japanese: ブラック・ジャック


Type: Manga
Volumes: 25
Chapters: 243
Status: Finished
Published: Nov 19, 1973 to Oct 14, 1983
Genres: DramaDrama, ShounenShounen
Authors: Tezuka, Osamu (Story & Art)
Serialization: Shounen Champion


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Ranked: #2432
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Popularity: #752
Members: 16,145
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Black Jack is an "unregistered" doctor with a clouded, mysterious past. He works with his little assistant Pinoko (who has a massive crush on the doctor), dealing with medical cases not very well known, which can be strange, dangerous, or not known at all. But he is a genius, and can save almost any of his patients' lives (as long as they have the money for it, that is), and is known to many around the world, especially to those of medicine and science. He's a man of science himself, and does not believe much until he has seen it, yet it is many times he is surprised by love and nature often overpowering the science he bases his life in.

(Source: ANN)


Black Jack won the 1st Kodansha Manga Award for the shounen category in 1977.

The series was first published in English by VIZ Media, who released select chapters in their manga anthology magazine Manga Vizion, and later released those chapters in two volumes in 1999. Vertical Inc published the entire series in English based off the 17-volume shinsouban reprint from September 23, 2008 to November 29, 2011.

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Aug 18, 2010
IceAndCream (All reviews)
Dr. Black Jack looks and acts like a gruff ol' doc from some cowboy town. An old surgical scar runs down his face; part of his hair has turned white, and he goes about wearing a big black coat thrown over his shoulders. By the way, he doesn't have a medical license, and charges an arm and a leg (sometimes literally) for his services. Yet still people come to him at his weatherbeaten shack on the hill. Whether hopeless cases that need his incredible skill, or criminals who can't go to a normal hospital.

"He'll only cure you if the price is read more
Dec 21, 2015
ItIsIDio (All reviews)
Black Jack can be a good choice if you'd enjoy some dramatic stories, even if sometimes they really don't nail it or you'd want to observe how manga used to be written back in the 70's and what was the mentality of the writers back then. As Tezuka touches on a range of subjects, you would easily observe some things about his own mentality and even the industry's back then. Black Jack is a collection of stories from the life of Black Jack, some dramatic, some attempting to be dramatic and becoming comical, some with questionable content, but most interesting and still enjoyable.

The stories read more
Dec 3, 2016
Kuchisake-Onna (All reviews)
I've seen all the Anime adaptations, and read all the Volumes to the Manga, and from what I've witnessed in both the Anime & Manga and Kuro himself has gone through a lot which is what brought about his overall philosophy as a Doctor.

However no matter the circumstance Kuro always goes the extra mile for each patient, whether it be because of a promise, the pay, or because Pinoko insist that he help he'll never give less than his 100%.

Although in actuality it's his moral code and the fact that he owes his own life to a Doctor who took risks that he himself has read more
Feb 18, 2021
unimportantuser (All reviews)
Black Jack is a pretty dope manga. Written & illustrated by the one & only Osamu Tezuka, it ran from 1973 to 1983 & was one of his most successful works as it was running & then became one of his most recognizable overtime. I really don’t know where else to take this intro so I guess we’ll get started. Probably gonna be some spoilers, just a heads up.


Black Jack doesn’t really have any sort of narrative. It’s an episodic series with self contained stories that don’t really reference each other too much. While I don’t think Black Jack does anything at all to maybe read more

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