Thursday, September 26, 2013

Magnus Robot Fighter #4 - Russ Manning art


Magnus Robot Fighter v1 #4, 1964 - After gainging the capacity to think, a renegade robot called T1 begins blowing up the world's underwater food processors. With numerous oceanic scenes, Russ Manning populates the panels with a variety of fish, plants and corals. While exotic, his best work occurs when depicting robots and complex machinery. The massive explosion on page 14 (see interior page below) is a highlight of the story, made more dramatic by the carefully planned perspective. The shorter Aliens tale is of similar quality, ending with a richly textured view of outer space. On the back cover, Manning's pin-up page of Magnus and Leeja is an astonishing work of design and draftsmanship. This is number 4 of 21 Magnus Robot Fighter issues with Manning art and/or covers (not including reprints).
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"Menace from the Depths" Manning story pencils and inks 27 pages = ***
"Suspense in Space"
Manning story pencils and inks 4 pages = ***
Manning back cover pencils and inks = *****

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Magnus Robot Fighter v1 #4 gold key silver age 1960s comic book page art by Russ Manning
Russ Manning
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