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Magnus, Robot Fighter Archives Volume 1 (Magnus, Robot Fighter 4000 A.D. #1)

4.07  ·  Rating Details  ·  76 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
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 spectac ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published December 28th 2010 by Dark Horse Books (first published November 23rd 2004)
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Elijah Kinch Spector
Oct 18, 2010 Elijah Kinch Spector rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Magnus, Robot Fighter is so much fun, but in hindsight I may be glad that I started with the third volume, the beginning is pretty crazy, but definitely leans more toward "crazy and ridiculous," without quite as much "awesome." (But still plenty of it.)

Still, the whole idea of showing humanity's over-reliance on machines by way of a seemingly shiny happy 50s and 60s style utopia that is actually a pretty disturbing dystopia, is so genius. Every now and then bits of worldbuilding pop up that leav
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Travis
Jan 21, 2011 Travis rated it really liked it
Wonderful collection of the original Magnus comic stories.
A man, raised by robots, returns to 'man's world', the futuristic city of North-Am to help mankind fight back against the robots that are slowly taking over the world.Some through evil schemes ( they can be stopped by punching them so hard their heads fall off) and some by just being way too protective and helpful to their human masters.

The stories have a kind of 'Tarzan in the future' feel and the art reminds me a lot of the old Hanna-b
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Stephanie Griffin
Jan 06, 2012 Stephanie Griffin rated it it was amazing
MAGNUS, ROBOT FIGHTER 4000 A.D., Volume 1, is a collection of the first seven issues of the fabulous comic which started in 1963. It was created and drawn by the phenomenal Russ Manning. It is now my favorite old-fashioned comic art.
Magnus is the only person on Earth who can fight evil robots; he always wins, and he always has the adoration of his damsel-in-distress girlfriend Leeja. Here he manages to save the world in seven different stories. Also included is a short biography of Manning and
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Matthew
Apr 27, 2014 Matthew rated it it was amazing
I thought that this would be some campy fun, as most Silver-Age, sci-fi comics are, but I did not expect how good this would be. Manning has such a command of the form that every panel is a masterpiece. The stories are fun and well written and the designs of the future tech and robots are stunning.
Fraser Sherman
Russ Manning takes a familiar concept—man becoming too dependent on his machines—and adapts it for comic-book action. In far-future Nor-Am, robots do everything, leaving humans complacent; some robots and some scheming roboticists seek to exploit that. Enter Magnus, a man trained in martial arts to the point he can smash steel—and trained for the purpose of stopping the evil robots. Not deep, but solidly done.
David
Feb 13, 2014 David rated it it was amazing
I'm totally afraid of robots now.
Eric Onkenhout
Jan 04, 2014 Eric Onkenhout rated it really liked it
Really well written and drawn comics that predict mans reliance on robots and mechanics.
Keith Edwards
Dec 22, 2011 Keith Edwards rated it liked it
The stories are simplistic mid century sci-fi pulp, but the designs are pure Retrofuturistic fun. Robots, rockets, mile high city-scapes and flying cars as far as the eye can see.
Zach
Aug 12, 2010 Zach rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
They don't write them like this anymore. A little cheesy but I like Russ Manning's story lines
Forrest
May 30, 2013 Forrest rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
To say these haven't aged well is an understatement. The only thing I enjoyed was some of the art.
Mark Dickson
Apr 23, 2010 Mark Dickson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved them then, love them now.
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