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The following pages illustrate Japanese humor through cartoons.

Tezuka Osamu (1928-1989) was one of the leading animators in postwar Japan. His most famous character is Tetsuwan Atomu (Atom Boy). Son Goku, a monkey/boy hybrid character born from a rock and possessing tremendous physical abilities, originally appeared as the hero of the late-sixteenth century Chinese classic "Journey to the West." Son Goku in his various forms appears in Japan in the Dragonball series and other popular media.

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