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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 147

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Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we take a look at Russ Manning’s amazing run on Magnus, Robot Fighter!

Enjoy!

Russ Manning, writer and artist of Gold Key’s Magnus, Robot Fighter, got the book starting with a bang with a great first issue (the first of 21 new issues he would do).

Check out how he starts the ball already rolling…





As you can tell, Manning was really pushing the Tarzan angle right from the get-go (the comic strip that Manning became famous for drawing).

Manning was such a brilliant sequential artist – check out the action in these scenes…



It’s amazing how straightforward and simple his lines are, and yet so dynamic and forceful. He was a master.

Here’s Magnus’ origin (from #1 where he first meets his love interest, Leeja Crane)…



To give you a sample of future stories, here’s a battle from #3, where a giant robot is attacking North Am and Magnus travels into outer space to find out the source of the robot, discovering his new arch-enemy in the process…







Awesome.

And there were 21 issues of this! And each issue was nearly 30 pages long!

Luckily for us, they’ve been reprinted by Dark Horse Comics in three volumes!! So cool – search them out, people!