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 ninth best-selling manga series of all time. The character Astro Boy or refereed to in Japanese speaking countries as 'Atom' was a big hit with the Japanese audience especially young boys throughput 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.