Thursday, December 2, 2010

Magnus, Robot Fighter

I know that this is a music blog, however after an alcohol-fueled night at the local bathhouse with my brother I have gotten the idea of making Spacerockmountain a bit more "multi-media," as he put it. To be honest, I haven't been able to keep up with my pace of posting of albums, I was a bit built up and spent most everything I had plus all I was currently listening to in November. So I thought perhaps Spacerockmountain pilgrims might enjoy one of the several series of comics I read while I listen to all the music I post on here. Magnus, Robot Fighter is the series I've been reading lately, although it is from the mid-sixties. It is rather strange to read coming from a modern point of view, but accepting the different expectations and experiences of previous eras the series isn't that outlandish. The basic premise is that Magnus is a human trained by a really nice robot in how to seek out and eliminate robots that commit evil. Where it gets juicy is that in this future, the year 4000 to be exact, humans have surrendered nearly everything to robots, including all sorts of labor, policing and maintenance of society. If you're the sort to look at stories in a socio-political context, Magnus is a stereotypical conservative/libertarian hero that stands up to the corrupt and dishonest system. Though this libertarian conceit is irrefutably at the heart of the comic, it makes for a romantic tale and unlike the socialistic ideal I am more inclined to side with politically libertarianism has a very storybook quality to it. On a less intellectual level, it is awesome just because it is has a man karate chopping robots apart, who actually declare "DESTROY ALL HUMANS," while wearing what seems to be a dress.

First issue to had here:
Magnus, Robot Fighter #1 (Feb, 1963)

P.S. a good program I use to read .cbr and .cbz files that works for mac, PC and linux computers is Comic Book Reader Pro. It is full screen all the time, but doesn't interfere with music listening, plus best of all is works completely for free, though the creator might have inserted something that begs so for a donation. This is easily ignored if you are the type to not paid for shit however.


  1. Fantastic, love these nostalgia comics that weren't of the mainstream.

  2. Thanks! This was my favorite comic as a kid.