When Osamu Tezuka, the father of manga, died in 1989, nobody had a full archive of his works—at least not in English. But his genius was certainly recognized. Back in 1965, Stanley Kubrick even asked him to art direct 2001: A Space Odyssey. (Tezuka, a known workaholic, turned down the opportunity because he couldn't leave his studio for too long.) What was so important that he couldn't leave his studio for Kubrick?


One ongoing project at the time was Galaxy Boy Troop, a children's TV show that aired in 92 episodes between 1963 and 1965. The series, which made it to France but never to the US, combines animation, puppetry, a musical score by a famous electronic composer, and Tezuka's penchant for storytelling. The original Japanese reels have since gone missing, but the French had subtitled archives, and now parts of them are on YouTube. This one features vintage spaceship gadgetry, a cowboy, and a big crater. Galaxy Boy Troop: '60s anime-style sci-fi puppetry [Pink Tentacle]