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    Astro Boy Dr. Packadermus J. Elefun and Astro Boy Production Cel (Mushi Production, c. 1963-66). From Osamu Tezuka's series that defined the entire artistic movement known as anime, this is an amazing hand-inked and hand-painted original production cel from the seminal classic series Astro Boy. Tezuka, often revered as the "God of Manga", revolutionized animation in Japan, and used Astro Boy as a conduit to address heavy issues like war and intolerance. The series both thematically and aesthetically informed countless anime works to come, and the impact of the series can be felt in full force to this day. Astro Boy's effect on Western audiences also can't be overstated, as it was the first Japanese animated television series to make it to US televisions, with the highest ratings of any show at the time. Featuring the titular hero Astro Boy sitting with his robot rights activist guardian and father figure Dr. Packidermus J. Elefun (Atom and Professor Ochanomizu in the original Japanese version), this is an unbelievably rare cel with remarkably well-preserved artwork for its age. The image measures 9.5" x 5.5" on the 11.75" x 9.75" cel. The piece is numbered 121-A1 in the upper right corner, and the cel shows minor handling and edge wear from normal studio use. The cel shows some surface scuffing and light debris with a very small fold in the lower left corner, and the overall condition of this incredible piece is Very Good.

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