Hello brothers (and sisters, if you're out there)!!
I wonder what those in 1962 would have thought we'd have done by now. Who knows? What we do know is in 1962, some amazing robots, loaded up with some crazy-advanced AI, pranced onto the DC Comics stage and gave us an optimistic glimpse at what the future might hold for robotics and its relationship to man.
Don't you just dig that?
The Metal Men were created in 1962 by Robert Kanigher and Ross Andru. The Metal Men are named after the base material of which they are composed: Gold, Lead, Tin, Iron, Mercury and the lovely Platinum, who just happens to be a metal woman...And, wouldn't ya know it? She's in love with the creator of the Metal Men, Dr. William Magnus, who never reciprocates her affections (he chalks her infatuation up to a faulty "Responsometer" which makes her act like a human woman). That's right, a malfunctioning human robot acts like a normal human woman. Don't ya love the 60s?
So without further ado, I wanna show my Metal Men comics to you!!
It's Showcase #37, published in 1962, featuring the 1st appearance of Dr. William Magnus and The Metal Men!!
FUN FACT: The Metal Men were introduced into Showcase #37 as a last minute filler.
Showcase #38!! The 2nd appearance of the Metal Men!
Showcase #39! This comic features the 1st appearance of the Metal Men's arch-enemy, Chemo!!
And finally....Showcase #40!! This is the final Showcase appearance by The Metal Men. In May of 1963, they would get their own series, starting with issue #1, which I don't have...YET.
While these issues are getting pretty pricey, you can still get your Metal Men fix by copping Showcase Presents: Metal Men Vol 1.
Will Magnus and his Metal Men have been featured on Batman: The Brave and the Bold:
They've had their own DC Shorts:
And they all made and appearance in the Elseworlds film, Justice League: Gods and Monsters
Back in 2012, Barry Sonnenfeld took an interest in developing the Metal Men for film, and it seems that pre-production is chugging right along.
Sounds awesome, right? RIGHT!
The Metal Men - just another example of the cool and kooky, DC Silver-Age 60s!
Thanks for reading!