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Here's DC Comics' Robot super team, the Metal Men posing for a family portrait! Starring from Left to Right, Lead, Gold, Tin, Copper, Mercury, Platinum, Iron and Dr. Magnus.
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EmmetEarwax Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
DC has woefully mistreated the Metal Men.

Tin lost his girlfriend -without explanation bet #32 and #33. She returned, only to be vaporized in B & B (that comic's stories were usually crap a la mode).

DC now declared the old adventures to have never happened-thanks to the repeated reboots of continuity. Even Chemo got a new origin, being now a defective robot.
EmmetEarwax Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Dr.Magnus would be berating Platinum for showing emotions and for cuddling him. She finally got fed up with it and gave up on him.
EmmetEarwax Featured By Owner May 24, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Copper was NOT part of the original team. She was added long after Crisis (1986). The Metal Men were destroyed in some unexplained event* and had to be re-invented with new responsiometers even. They now looked less human than ever.

Another quirk was that until issue #21, the Metal Men were the only superheroes ! None of the major threats (Missile Men, etc.) made any reference to the JLA,etc. In the original Showcase issue, Colonel Caspar said "Let's call upon the man who makes science-fiction ideas practical, Dr. Simon Magnus". He never mentioned the JLA or JSA or whatever, any of whose members would have taken a crack over this "Flaming Doom" as the cover called it.

Some theorist surmised that the Metal Men were all permanently destroyed in #47 and that the events of the following issues did NOT happen. The Plutonium Man cooked their responsiometers and Dr. Magnus ,due to his medications to stabilize his bipolar disorder, could not re-invent them. He finally, by staying off his medications, created them anew to fight a villain who looked like a fried egg ! It took a while longer to re-create them as they used to be, with recorded memories downloaded.
KingMonster Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Too bad, copper got the shaft though...

Nice picture!
EmmetEarwax Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
They were meant to be a 1-shot , a filler for Showcase #37. Destroyed in the story, they weren't intended to live again. But when the writers couldn't come up with a new idea (trying out new ideas every 3-4 issues in wonder Brave & Bold switcxhed from Showcase format to team-ups of established characters [the pseudo-science was very bad) and then to Batman team-ups), Metal Men went 4 issues, and finally won their own comic. It never grew popular enough,tho, to warrant 8 ,let alone 12 issues a year.
RogueWriter3201 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013
Ah, Magnus. Just date 'Tina' already. You know you want to :love: 
Really great art. Such an underappreciated team from a time when the DCU could actually be kinda fun without being completely corny. 
BTimony Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Professional
One of my all time favorite super teams!
eent242 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011
Nice. Love the Metal Men.
BTimony Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Professional
Me too.
Lordwormm Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Hobbyist
They all look just gorgeous!
BTimony Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Professional
Thank you!
Lordwormm Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist
You are most welcome! My pleasure to have a reason to come back into your gallery! :)
jt3fan Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011
Great piece! If only I could remember any of my family portaits where everyone looked so happy.
BTimony Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Professional
I have a family portrait somewhere where everyone has big goofy grins. I remember when it was taken, too. The whole living room was turned into a big photography studio. I wanted to include a plushie Incredible Hulk in the photo, but mom wouldn't let me.
Gilgamesh-Scorpion Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW This is so cool! I LOVE The Metal Men!
BTimony Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Professional
Me too!
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