Magnus, Robot Fighter Volume 1 (Magnus, Robot Fighter Archives)

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9781595825995: Magnus, Robot Fighter Volume 1 (Magnus, Robot Fighter Archives)

In the year 4,000, the human race is threatened by robots bent to enslave mankind, and only one man has the power to fight back — Magnus, Robot Fighter!These beloved tales of science-adventure first ran in 1963 and 1964 and have influenced countless writers and artists throughout the decades. Created by fan-favorite Russ Manning — famous for his spectacular work on the Tarzan newspaper strips of the sixties — Magnus, Robot Fighter was something of his "Tarzan of the Future," and Manning's run on the series came to be known as a classic in science-fiction comics. This volume reprints the first seven issues in the original 1960s Magnus, Robot Fighter series, with unparalleled art by the legendary Russ Manning, a foreword by Mike Royer, and retouched interiors scanned from the original comic books. Join Magnus on his quest, as he proclaims, "My task will not be completed until I have smashed every evil robot that is hurting mankind in body and soul!"

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Older fans fondly remember the early 1960s comic book Magnus, Robot Fighter for two reasons. It was one of the few sf comics in an era dominated by superheroes and other genres, and it boasted the compellingly crisp artwork of Russ Manning. In 4000 A.D., when society has grown weak from overreliance on its mechanical servants, Magnus, trained from infancy by Robot 1A, uses his "steel-smashing strength" to defend humanity against evil robots and renegade humans like Mekman, who so idolizes the efficiency of robots that he coats his body with flexible metal in emulation. Aiding Magnus are his beautiful, resourceful girlfriend, Leeja, and her senator father. Relatively simple by today's standards, the stories--many written by Manning, who was obviously influenced by Isaac Asimov and his famous robotic laws--are a notch more sophisticated than most other comics of its day and remain quite readable. Their main attraction, though, is Manning's gorgeous artwork, which many fans feel he never topped in later assignments, including illustrated newspaper strips based on Tarzan and Star Wars. Gordon Flagg
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