Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Comic Book Robot of the Month: Robertson's Robots

I love robots, and I know that you do too. With that in mind, I thought it would be fun to have a look a new comic book robot each and every month. I'm starting with some robots pulled from my shortbox marked 'Silver Age Oddities'. ACG's Adventures Into the Unknown #133 (Jun-July, 1962) featured the cover story 'Robertson's Robots'. The nice Ogdgen Whitney cover gives you the impression that these are some sort of rampaging precursor to the Sentinels. That's not entirely accurate, as these robots were the brainchildren of an inventor (coincidentally named Robertson), whose unfortunate death led to the sale of the robots by the estate. Instead of being used for great purposes, the finally wound up perform in a ridiculous vaudeville-style revue. The robots realize that they have a higher calling, and escape to complete Robertson's work. Hunted like the Frankenstein monster, they flee Earth and colonized the moon. Decades later they inform the Earth that any attempts to land on the moon will be met with force. Old grandpa laughs as he remembers the silly onstage antics of Robertson's Robots. It's typical ACG silliness with clean Chic Stone artwork - just great stuff.

3 comments:

Thelonious_Nick said...

What I liked best about this post was imagining how you organize your collection, with short boxes labeled "Silver Age Oddities," "Dr. Strangelove Covers," "Bronze Age Babies," etc.

MDG14450 said...

I'm just shocked that anything called "Silver Age Oddities" would only rate a short box!

Scott M said...

The only 'cover' box I have is actually 'Infinity Covers' as I just don't have enough of any other to justify a box.

MDG - it's only a short box because many of the other true oddities are in the 'Gold Key' box or one of two 'Charlton Horror' boxes. I even got an ERB box. This leaves room for only the occasional Tower, ACG or Archie mags.

I do dream of one day having an box dedicated just to ACG book.

My wife does not have the same dream.