is a manga created by Shotaro Ishinomori. It was serialized in many different magazines, including Monthly Shōnen King, Weekly Shōnen Magazine, Shōnen Big Comic, COM, Shōjo Comic, Weekly Shōnen Sunday, Monthly Shōnen Jump and Monthly Comic Nora in Japan. The manga was published in English by Tokyopop with all the sound effects left out untranslated; as of 2006 it is out of print with no explanation.
It is the tale of nine regular humans kidnapped by the evil Black Ghost organization to undergo human experiments. The result of this tampering are nine cyborgs, each one having super human powers. The nine cyborgs band together to fight for their freedom and to stop Black Ghost. The evil organization's goal is to start the next world war, by supplying any rich buyers with their choice of countless weapons of war and mass destruction.
Elements of this series would later find their way into Kamen Rider, another famous creation by Ishinomori (and by extension Himitsu Sentai Goranger, Ishinomori's first of his two Super Sentai TV series, in 1975). The plots are the same, except that the weekly threats are mutants, and there is just one hero (later two), as opposed to nine. Although it was also created by Ishinomori, and features similar themes, this shōnen manga, despite the "00" name and the cybernetized protagonists, has no relation to his later work 009-1, a seinen manga.
Ivan is a baby originally from Russia, born with a severe illness. His father Gamo (a famous brain surgeon who went mad after searching for a cure), performed numerous brain enhancement processes on Ivan that allowed his mental capacity to far exceed that of a normal human adult, against the wishes of Ivan's mother Erika (whom he even kills in the manga). Ivan later fell into the custody of Black Ghost, who dubbed him the first member of the organization's 00-Cyborg program. Ivan's enhanced brain gives him several psychic powers, such as telepathy, telekinesis, and extra-sensory perception. However, he sometimes falls asleep at inopportune times because he is still a baby and his body can barely handle such powers. He was one of the 00 Cyborgs who were frozen until more advanced technology and procedures were developed. While still a pacifier sucking infant, he is talented in scientific analysis and can telepathically converse at an adult level & acts as the 00 Cyborgs leader.
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