If you love comics and aren’t aware of the sketch blog Comic Twart (“Twart = Twitter + Art” if you’re already confused) then you need to seriously rethink how you’re spending your time on the internet. Tackling a new assignment each week, the elite sketching force featuring talents like Chris Samnee, Mitch Breitweiser, Tom Fowler, Francesco Francavilla and Mike Hawthorne put pencil to paper regularly to deliver numerous fresh takes on iconic comic heroes. The results are a treat on the eyeballs and it’s certainly among my favorite art-heavy online venues.
Last week, the crew tackled a favorite of mine: Magnus, Robot Fighter.
While I normally enjoy each week’s subject on Twart, seeing all these new takes on Magnus got me downright psyched. Before I post a few of entries that got me particularly pumped, let me explain a few things about Magnus…
Magnus, Robot Fighter began in the ’50s and was created by comics legened Russ Manning. The story takes place in the year 4000 within the robot-filled and continent spanning city of North Am. Raised by a kind-hearted robot named 1A, Magnus was taught that robots could be a great aid to society but they could also be mankind’s downfall if humans lazily relied on machines for everything. Hoping Magnus could help lead social change, 1A taught him valuable lessons of reliance perseverance while also physically training his man-child until our hero was the pinnacle of human strength and athleticism. The guy’s a leader of men, understands “moderation in all things” and can karate chop through steel! Magnus is the kung-fu John Henry killing renegade robots and stopping megalomaniacal madmen with his steel-strong fists, lightning-sharp wits and motivating message that man doesn’t need machine! If that’s not a comic hero and premise to get excited about, I don’t know what is.
So, without further ado, here’s a few of Comic Twart‘s masterful takes on Mr. Manning’s Magnus! (Too much alliteration? Absolutely absurd!)
While Magnus is extremely badass, I have noticed a few people online recently lament his tunic and assert he would be cooler were he not wearing a skirt. Certainly a martial arts-infused Magnus costume or traditional superhero tights might be cool, but let’s not forget that men’s men throughout historical fiction have remained unabashedly badass even in “skirts.”
I rest my case.