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Gatsby's GK Magnus


Set Type: Magnus Robot Fighter (1963)
Owner: Gatsby77
Last Modified: 2/26/2020
Views: 1727

Rank: 1
Score: 16275
Leading by: 7630
Points to Higher Rank: N/A

Set Description:

Magnus: Robot Fighter was a series created by Tarzan artist Russ Manning that was originally published by Gold Key from 1963-1969; reprints then followed sporadically until 1977.

The series follows Magnus, a human raised by good robot 1A and trained in martial arts to protect humanity against rogue evil robots in the year 4000 AD, a future in which society has become dependent on robots, Jetsons-style.

Notably, the series has only two "key" issues--# 1, with first appearance of Magnus, 1A, and Leeja; and # 10, with the first published (fan) artwork of Walt Simonson (see 2nd photo for # 10, below for his page).

My introduction to Magnus was via Jim Shooter's Valiant Comics reboot in the early 1990s, where the character was the lynchpin of the line.

A huge Valiant fan growing up, I have a near-complete set of the company's 800+ books and several original art covers, but I didn't start collecting the Gold Key Magnus series in earnest until the summer of 2011.

I am grateful to eBay, the CGC Registry and Boards, and the discovery of the Savannah and Twin Cities collections for enabling me to build a strong collection within just a year, including numerous highest-graded examples, File Copies, and pedigree copies from the Twin Cities, Boston, White Mountain, and Savannah collections. While not displayed here, I also have one raw double-cover and an undercopy from the Massachusetts pedigree.

For other fans and collectors, I divide the series into thirds. While all the books are common in low grades, 1-12 (pre-1965) are tough in strict 9.0 or above; 13-27 are the "commons," with many copies available in high grade (largely due to the Gold Key File Copies) and 28-46 are very tough in strict 9.0 or higher. They were lesser-collected reprints published irregularly and are generally seen as not yet valuable enough to slab.

As of January 2016, I've finally completed my 46 issue set in 9.0 or higher.

Current numbers:

9.8: 15
9.6: 19
9.4: 11
9.2: 1

This year I have focused on adding foreign variants to my set. I've included photos of many Spanish (Mexican), French (Canadian) and Dutch reprints to my gallery.

I am also proud to have acquired Spanish, French, and Italian versions of Magnus # 1.

The quest continues...

Squeeee!
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Slot DescriptionCert #GradeScore
Magnus Robot Fighter 1 0064122011 9.43975 Shop eBay
Magnus Robot Fighter 2 1073251002 9.81200 Shop eBay
Magnus Robot Fighter 3 0915407001 9.4450 Shop eBay
Magnus Robot Fighter 4 0915498005 9.4300 Shop eBay
Magnus Robot Fighter 5 0915843008 9.4300 Shop eBay
Magnus Robot Fighter 6 0915732004 9.4300 Shop eBay
Magnus Robot Fighter 7 0915407002 9.4300 Shop eBay
Magnus Robot Fighter 8 0154268005 9.6500 Shop eBay
Magnus Robot Fighter 9 0915540008 9.6500 Shop eBay
Magnus Robot Fighter 10 1073251010 9.8800 Shop eBay
Magnus Robot Fighter 11 0915540009 9.6320 Shop eBay
Magnus Robot Fighter 12 1073251012 9.6320 Shop eBay
Magnus Robot Fighter 13 0188216001 9.8520 Shop eBay
Magnus Robot Fighter 14 1073251014 9.6320 Shop eBay
Magnus Robot Fighter 15 1036085014 9.4200 Shop eBay
Magnus Robot Fighter 16 0625600001 9.6320 Shop eBay
Magnus Robot Fighter 17 0109421063 9.6320 Shop eBay
Magnus Robot Fighter 18 1036086002 9.4200 Shop eBay
Magnus Robot Fighter 19 0952061002 9.6320 Shop eBay
Magnus Robot Fighter 20 1059905015 9.6320 Shop eBay
Magnus Robot Fighter 21 0915402016 9.8320 Shop eBay
Magnus Robot Fighter 22 0625600010 9.8360 Shop eBay
Magnus Robot Fighter 23 0915407008 9.8360 Shop eBay
Magnus Robot Fighter 24 1034494004 9.8320 Shop eBay
Magnus Robot Fighter 25 1073258021 9.8320 Shop eBay
Magnus Robot Fighter 26 0915407011 9.8320 Shop eBay
Magnus Robot Fighter 27 0915498008 9.8320 Shop eBay
Magnus Robot Fighter 28 1059995001 9.8320 Shop eBay
Magnus Robot Fighter 29 1036086013 9.6100 Shop eBay
Magnus Robot Fighter 30 0188370004 9.6100 Shop eBay
Magnus Robot Fighter 31 1059930001 9.8160 Shop eBay
Magnus Robot Fighter 32 1059922012 9.8160 Shop eBay
Magnus Robot Fighter 33 1231922002 9.460 Shop eBay
Magnus Robot Fighter 34 1036086018 9.460 Shop eBay
Magnus Robot Fighter 35 1059922011 9.8160 Shop eBay
Magnus Robot Fighter 36 1257327002 9.6100 Shop eBay
Magnus Robot Fighter 37 1257327004 9.230 Shop eBay
Magnus Robot Fighter 38 1036086022 9.460 Shop eBay
Magnus Robot Fighter 39 1036086023 9.6100 Shop eBay
Magnus Robot Fighter 40 0912894002 9.6100 Shop eBay
Magnus Robot Fighter 41 1036086025 9.6100 Shop eBay
Magnus Robot Fighter 42 1059930005 9.6100 Shop eBay
Magnus Robot Fighter 43 0608294005 9.6100 Shop eBay
Magnus Robot Fighter 44 1059922010 9.8160 Shop eBay
Magnus Robot Fighter 45 0278167001 9.6100 Shop eBay
Magnus Robot Fighter 46 1240486001 9.6100 Shop eBay

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