Mark Frauenfelder at 8:25 am Fri, May 11, 2012
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From Real Fact Comics #2 (1946) - a Joe Simon and Jack Kirby 2-pager about robots who will undertake undesirable occupations such as secretary, housekeeper, and professional athlete.
A World of Thinking Robots
see that guy in “Robot Control”? yep, you guessed it, he’s a robot.
(when i see robots depicted as driving vehicles (middle distance of wonderfully classical artwork, by the way) i always think “why isn’t the vehicle itself a robot and skip the clunky humanoid robot driver?” but then i assure myself that this must be the way it’ll be in order to have the tomb paintings make nominal sense)
I can’t stop looking at the lettering, especially “A Department of Science and Invention” part. Hats off to Post-War Typography!
This is typical of superficial futurist thinking: everything as it is now except artificial people do the dull work.
And yet, not so far off. The “secretary” is just taking dictation: do humans even do that anymore? The robot football players are weird, but I don’t fault them too much for not predicting Robot Wars instead. And the robot housekeeper, well, so far it only vacuums, but still.
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