Thursday, September 5, 2013

Magnus Robot Fighter #1 - Russ Manning art (1st Manning Magnus)


Magnus Robot Fighter v1 #1, 1963 - In the year 4000 AD, an evil robot plans on dominating human society. Magnus emerges (and makes his first appearance) as the human race's champion against the mechanical oppressor. His origin is told only briefly to Leeja Clane, a fellow resistance fighter. Russ Manning's artwork is spectacular, creating an Earth that's futuristic and coldly technological. The opening splash is smashing, showing Magnus' superhuman strength in action. Several large panels accentuate the artist's superb streamlining. Even the black and white drawings on the inside covers are impressive. A little less so is Manning's back-up feature "The Aliens", drawn simply and straightforwardly. This story was later reprinted in Magnus Robot Fighter #22. This is number 1 of 21 Magnus Robot Fighter issues with Manning art and/or covers (not including reprints).
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"Magnus Robot Fighter" Manning story pencils and inks 27 pages = *****
"The Aliens"
Manning story pencils and inks 4 pages = ***
Manning inside front cover
pencils and inks (black and white) = ****
"North Am City" Manning 
inside back cover pencils and inks (black and white) = ***

Magnus Robot Fighter v1 #1 gold key silver age 1960s comic book page art by Russ Manning
Russ Manning
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