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Black Blizzard by Yoshihiro Tatsumi

Black Blizzard (edition 2010)

by Yoshihiro Tatsumi, Adrian Tomine (Editor)

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Title:Black Blizzard
Authors:Yoshihiro Tatsumi
Other authors:Adrian Tomine (Editor)
Info:Drawn and Quarterly (2010), Edition: 1 Reprint, Paperback, 144 pages
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Tags:fiction, comics, 2012, manga

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Black Blizzard by Yoshihiro Tatsumi



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It was a stroke of good fortune on my part that, as I was finishing A DRIFTING LIFE, I looked up and realized I had Tatsumi's first gekiga breakout hit, BLACK BLIZZARD, from the library, waiting for me to remember it was there. It's quite brilliant visually and has a good story, and Tatsumi's style is very cinematic noir with a good deal of influence from Osamu Tezuka so it should appeal to film fans and manga fans alike. ( )
  SarahHayes | Feb 20, 2017 |
In his interview with Adrian Tomine that concludes this volume, Tatsumi comments that he's slightly embarrassed to have this work republished over 50 years after its first appearance. It's in some ways easy to see why: the artwork is more than a little crude (not all of which can be blamed on the reproduction process of the time), as is the dialogue, and the plot is a tad on the simplistic side. Though he already had a few works behind him at this point, it's still quite clearly the work of a relatively inexperienced contributor to the medium, working to finish a piece as fast as possible.

That said, it is an important step in the development of Tatsumi's work (of which more details can be found in A Drifting Life), and is one of the few artifacts of the '50s rental manga boom — outside of the omni-present Tezuka — available in English publication. All of which makes this work of interest, even if largely for historic reasons. ( )
  g026r | Mar 31, 2010 |
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Yoshihiro Tatsumi was, when young, a fan of Mickey Spillane, the poor man's — the very poor man's — Raymond Chandler, and Spillane's fingerprints are all over "Black Blizzard," a page-turner in the best pulp style, published in 1956.
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