There are a handful of archetypical superheroes that are not a part of any pantheon of well-known and highly marketed brands. They’ve come from companies such as Dell and Gold Key. These two were prolific in their time. They populated many a quarter bin boxes when I was new to the collecting game in the late 1970s. One of the heroes that is often re-visited, yet never quite catches on with the wider public market… Magnus Robot Fighter 4000 A.D. (C.E.). There are two sides to how I fell about this. The first is that it is sad that the character is still obscure and virtually unknown outside of an older comic book community. The second is that the obscurity of the character makes him even more special. Not everything needs a movie, cartoon, toy line, or even a current ongoing series. I will err on the side of the later… we have more than enough of the former. If you are a Magnus fan, then know that our numbers are small and that just makes the character even more special.
Like the narrator, my opinions of Gold Key Comics were rather low as a child. It wasn’t until my later years that I developed an appreciation of the line. While I cannot point to any singular issue or series as being a stand-out for me, I dig many of the concepts at a higher level. I do remember Battle of the Planets being a point of excitement for a younger me, but the execution of the art and stories were not the best quality. I don’t agree with 100% of FizzFop’s remarks but he dives deep into the origins of Gold Key Comics and has a ton of historical information that is fascinating.
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