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This is the life, reading comics outside in the garden being lulled to sleep by the sound of bees. I’m a big fan of Sundays. So what have I reached for on this most tranquil of days? Dethlok The Demolisher, that’s who. My copies, passed on to me by my generous Uncle Jim date from 1974 and like I found with DC’s The Shadow were pretty strong stuff for the time. Rich Buckley’s art throughout is superb.
Basically Deathlok riffs on the whole creator/created, Frankenstein, Blade Runner, Robocop automaton with its’ own mind bag of concepts – although pre-dating several of those. Basically Luther Manning, soldier, survives death and wakes to find himself a cyborg created under the auspices of Project: Alpha Mech. You can guess the rest as his humanity starts to assert itself over the various nefarious deeds he is sent to carry out. He has a constant running commentary from/battle against the computer implanted in his skull. Like me.
What I liked is that my uncle found a little extra strip where they drew a jokey strip based on the creation of the comic – how post-modern and meta is this?
An unfairly forgotten character I think; in this house at least, Deathlok lives!
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