Astro Boy known natively in Japanese as Tetsuwan Atom is a 1952 manga series written by Osamu Tezuka and was published by Kobunsha serialized in Shonen from April 1952 until March 1968. The manga was an instant financial success and still remains the tenth best-selling manga series of all time. The character Astro Boy or referred to in Japanese speaking countries as 'Atom' was a big hit with the Japanese audience especially young boys throughout Japan. The manga would eventually spinoff into a media empire of Anime, Films, Video Games and Merchandise.
Astro Boy's later television adaptation in 1963 would revolutionize Japanese animation and spread the influence of Anime to the west most prominently in the United States.
Astro Boy was an immediate success in Japan, it was incredibly popular with young boys. The popularity of the Astro Boy manga remains to this day. The manga currently ranks as the tenth best-selling manga series with over 100 million copies sold.
Astro Boy has been critically acclaimed by critics,