Born in 1932, Yoshida grew up in the hardship of war-torn Japan. A self-taught artist, his first job was as working for local newspapers in Kyoto. After finding success as a manga artist in Tokyo, including winning the Shogakukan Manga Award in 1972 for Minashigo Hutch, in 1962 he founded Tatsunoko with his two younger brothers, Kenji (who took over Tatsuo's position as producer after he died) and Toyoharu (a.k.a. Ippei Kuri). The studio's name has a double Japanese meaning of "Tatsu's child" and "sea dragon" which was the inspiration for its seahorse logo.
Understanding the future of television, Yoshida made the jump from print to the screen and found modest success with the anime racing series Mach Go Go Go. Once adapted to the English language market, it would achieve Blockbuster status as Speed Racer around the world. Yoshida's magical talent for storytelling again found success with the action series Gatchaman (also known as Battle of the Planets), Casshan (now remade as the live-action film Casshern), Hurricane Polymar and Tekkaman: The Space Knight.
Though Tatsuo Yoshida's brilliant career was cut short by his untimely death from liver cancer in 1977, Tatsunoko Productions has continued to partner with top creators to create additional hit series such as Macross (Robotech), Mospeada, Generator Gawl, Time Bokan, and Karas.
- Ninja Squad Moonlight (1964, also known as Phantom Agents)
- Space Ace (1965)
- Mach Go Go Go (1967, also known as Speed Racer)
- Judo Boy (1969)
- Hakushon Daimaō (1969, also known as Bob in the Bottle or The Genie Family)
- Kagaku Ninja Tai Gatchaman (1972, also known as Battle of the Planets)
- Shinzo Ningen Casshan (1973)
- Hurricane Polymar (1974)
- Time Bokan (1974)
- Tekkaman: The Space Knight (1975)
- Yattaman (1977)
- "小学館漫画賞：歴代受賞者" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved 2007-08-19.
- Speed Racer: The Original Manga by Tatsuo Yoshida (ISBN 1-56389-686-9)