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Early in their careers, Simon and Kirby were doing a lot of sci-fi stories, and robots did show up. Off hand I know jack had one in a news strip series Cyclone Burke, and in one of the Blue Bolt stories there was a robot. Even in Fighting American we see a robot appearance. Yet the robots were not central characters like in the stories you mention.
There was another sentient robot story from the same time frame. Though not published till 1966, there is a 3 Rocketeer story where the three “teers construct a robot to stage a sporting event, and when their robot is struck by a meteorite, it gains sentience, and saves the day.
This was planned for Race For The Moon #4 in 1958.
There was another Challengers story where the Challs are pressed into service to help overthrow robots who have taken control of a planet.
There is even a sort of tie-in found in Sky Masters. There is a “moon robot” named Mister Lunivac (another Univac sound alike) that is involved in an accident with radioactive material, and ignore human commands and runs amok. Though its body is tanklike, it does have a humanesque face, and was constructed to do jobs in palce of humans.
I just read Adam Link – Robot, a collection of Eando Binder Adam Link stories (originally published in pulp magazines in the late 30s/early 40s). Adam Link is a sentient robot who wants to win acceptance as human. To achieve this he must overcome the fear he inspires and win over public opinion. To me this recalls Kirby’s Machine Man, particularly the direction that series takes after the Ten-For story, when Machine Man’s existence becomes widely known and he must defend his right to exist before the authorities and to the public.
The Link stories are narrated by Link in the first person. From what I can tell – the stories have been superficially novelised – the earlier tales all had fairly downbeat endings. (Spoilers) The first apparently ended with his probable destruction at the hands of a mob that believes him responsible for his creator’s death. In the second he’s put on trial, found guilty, and sentenced to execution. In the later stories he begins to win over public opinion by his noble actions, and acquires a female counterpart.
Now, four pulp covers illustrating the Link series can currently be seen at http://davidszondy.com/future/robot/adamlink.htm . The latter covers depict him as comparatively human – like Machine Man – but the first emphasises his inhumanity. So I’d suggest that the stories could also have been the inspiration for those 50s Simon and Kirby tales. But I should note that the Adam Link – Robot collection wasn’t published until the 60s.
Thanks for the information. It is quite probable that Kirby knew of thes Link stories. Both Joe and Jack were advid readers of pulp and science fiction. I notice that one of the Link stories was publish in the same pulp as a Edgar Rice Burroughs story. Joe once told me he was a particular fan of Tarzan so it perhaps he was aware of this particular pulp issue.
I agree that these Link stories are likely prototypes for the S&K robot stories that I posted on, and the Challerger story in particular. But because the Link
stories were published in the 30’s and 40’s while the S&K robot stories are from ’57 and ’58 I feel it still remains to be determine why such robot stories became so important to Joe and Jack after so many years.