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  • Series: Metal Men Archives (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (June 25, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140123867X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401238674
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #274,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

One of the most prolific and inventive comics writers of all time, Robert Kanigher wrote comics of every type.  He is best known for his war comics starring SGT. ROCK and ENEMY ACE, and also wrote long runs on WONDER WOMAN, METAL MEN and many others.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jim Davis on July 18, 2013
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This is the second Metal Men archive appearing a full 7 years after the first. Since then the DC Archives series has gone through a number of changes. After flirting with cancellation with maybe 1 or 2 archives a year, the series has rebounded. The paper stock has been switched to a thinner, glossier type. That in turn has allowed for a larger page count without a big jump in overall thickness. There are a full 15 issues in this volume compared to 9 issues in the first (which included the try out Showcase issues).

Metal Men was a *strange* feature. On the surface it reads as if written for 5 year olds. The plots are absurd and puerile. The menaces always are some sort of robot which seem to inhabit every asteroid in the solar system. With story titles like "Birthday Cake for a Cannibal Robot!" you know you're not getting Shakespeare.

But at an entirely different level the stories display a lot of charm and humor. The fourth wall to the reader is frequently broken down. The characters know that they are in a comic book. Past issues are referenced in *dialogue* not in footnotes. The book does not take itself too seriously and the more mature reader is winked at and invited to join in on the fun being had by the creative staff.

There is a nice sense of continuity in the book where events carry over from issue to issue. Characters are well developed with Tina's romantic crush, Doc's exasperation, Tin's shyness and bravery,and Mercury's temper and seeming lack of feeling. This is a fun book if a) you can enter into the mood of the book and b) read no more than an issue or two at a sitting.

Creatively, the book is an absolute model of consistency and stability. Robert Kanigher does the editing and scripting, Ross Andru the pencils, while Mike Esposito does the honors with the inks for every issue and cover.

Highly recommended for those who know what they're getting into.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Morgan Painter on July 1, 2013
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This volume two is much bigger than volume one. Such a deal. Bigger is certainly better when it come to comic book archives.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Heering on August 12, 2013
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Here we have the second volume of The Metal Men Archives, which reprints issues 6 to 20 of their original series. This is a goofy, fun series that has aged better than most comic books from the mid-1960s. Metal Men forever!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Kellgren on August 20, 2013
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This is such a sad story about a bunch of robot people that are constantly under attack by every menace there is. I mean these poor guys never get a break. They never get to go on vacation and if they do they get attacked there too! I hope I never get to be around them 'cause I don't want any trouble.
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Robots and superheroes in one four-color package - how could you go wrong? Metal Men was one of my favorite titles from the sixties, a goofy amalgam of science fiction and fairy tale. The cockeyed stories are beautifully presented by Ross Andru and Mike Esposito, one of the decade's great art teams. I was thrilled to see a second volume; fingers crossed for a third.
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