I.L (1969) The illustrator and manga author Osamu Tezuka was a visionary who single-handedly catapulted Japanese comics into a league of their own. Without the “god of manga,” the art form would surely have evolved differently. Tezuka proved that comics were not only for kids. Under his talent and imagination they could effectively tackle complex topics like immortality, religion and Hitler.
JOMON VENUS:3000-2000 BC, from Tanabatake Tokyo National Museum This pregnant, nude dogu wears an elaborate headdress. Her form suggests, to many people, a mother goddess like those found in many other parts of the neolithic world.