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May022007

Gigantic Robots to Fight Our Battles (Fresno Bee, 1934)


The article "Gigantic Robots, Controlled by Wireless, to Fight Our Battles," from the April 29, 1934 Fresno Bee (Fresno, California) was exceptionally sensationalistic.

Professor [Felix Gaston] Gauthier disclosed in his address that two pacifistic-minded nations are today secretly (and supposedly unknown to each other) planning to construct gigantic fighting robots, controlled by wireless.

"These mechanical soldiers," declared Professor Gauthier, "will be of unexampled proportions. My informants, whose authentic statements I have never had reason to question before, have conveyed to me the startling news that each of these nations hopes some day to build robots 1,000 feet high!"


See also:
Mammy vs Robot (Charleston Gazette, 1937)
Donald Duck's "Modern Inventions" (1937)
All's Fair at the Fair (1938)

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Reader Comments (14)

HA,HA. One day they will build a robot tall enough to destroy the world!!(Insane laughter)

May 2, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

They got the "fighting robot" part right, just got the scale wrong.

And why is that bot beating up the Tin-man?

May 2, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterartbot

I want that illustration on a poster.

May 2, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterSimon Arthur

Did you say EVA? Cuz I heard sumone said EVA!

May 3, 2007 | Unregistered Commentercpcat

How silly. Giant robots only become strategically neccesary in response to the widespread use of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_Century_Technology#The_Minovsky_Particle" REL="nofollow">M Particle weapons. :D

(Scariest. Wikipedia. Article. Ever.)

May 3, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterPMembrane

I've always said that when the time comes, the USA will deploy transformable aircraft and Japan will deploy giant robots...

May 3, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterBlackthornhiei

Hahaha, very interestin this fakes in past. Friend, I've linked your interesting blog in mine one cos' i'll come back.

Excuse my basic english,

Saludos

May 5, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterEl dador

Interesting that having built futuristic 1000ft high robots they are equipped to fight each other with ancient technology like the ball and chain.

May 10, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterTDK

I really want a large print of this page.

May 11, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterGreg

I think that guy wasn't totally crazy... at least that's what I think after watching this video:

Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWBKSO4DvWk

Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wfSHV4zYMw

Giant WW2 robots rule!!!

May 11, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterClaudius

I'm going to be thinking about Black Sabbath's "Iron Man" all day now ... thanks a lot, PF.

January 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

"Gee, wish we had one of those!"

July 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDoc Johnson

Nukes are no longer the greatest threat to human civilization. GIANT FREAKIN ROBOTS are.

July 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCanama

The problem with super huge robots, is that their weight cubes with their height, whereas the footprint only squares... eventually, the "feet" can no longer support the weight or even move in a bipedal arrangement ( or just sink in the dirt up to their ankles ) .

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDoc Rings

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