Saturday, May 9, 2015
Crossover Cover: The Will to Power
Atomic Robo, created by Nikola Tesla, is the head of Tesladyne, a group dedicated to combating bizarre menaces, as well as conducting scientific research. In his first appearance, set in 1938, he battles Baron Heinrich von Helsingard, preventing him from having the Vril infused into his own body. The Vril is from Edward Bulwer-Lytton’s novel The Coming Race. This and several later crossovers bring Atomic Robo into the CU. The comics portray Robo’s existence as common knowledge, but this must be an exaggeration, as both sentient robots and the kinds of scientific menaces Robo faces on a regular basis are considered mere urban legends in the CU.