His characters are often subject to metamorphosis and transformation, sometimes playful and willed, sometimes uncontrollable and devastating. The theme of transformation and change seems to run through the life of his art and his approach to his work: he’s constantly seeing new possibilities and challenges.
Tezuka qualified as a doctor, but did not practise. His commitment to drawing and animation was almost compulsive: there are stories of him making do with a couple of hours of sleep a night and spending days on end at work.
His interest in medical matters can be found in his art: in his fascination with the body and its capacity for change, in his exploration of science and its powers, and his use of the figure of the surgeon or the doctor in works such as Eulogy for Kirohito and Black Jack …
Related: Tezuka: God of Comics, a good overview of the creator’s career