"I Can Whip Any Mechanical Robot" by Jack Dempsey (1930s)
Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 8:58PM
Matt Novak in 1930s, boxing, modern mechanix, robot rebellion, robots, wasn't the future wonderful?


The 1979 book Wasn't the Future Wonderful? features the above two-page spread of Jack Dempsey challenging a robot. Unfortunately, the book doesn't specify the publication or date except that it's from the 1930s and probably from Modern Mechanix. Below is an excerpt from the piece.

I can whip any mechanical robot that ever has or ever will be made.

Maybe that sounds a bit egotistical, maybe you will say it's just the voice of a "has-been," but I assure you that neither is true.

Engineers can build a robot that will possess everything except brains. And without brains no man can ever attain championship class in the boxing game.

See also:
Gigantic Robots to Fight Our Battles (Fresno Bee, 1934)
Robots: The World of the Future (1979)
The Mechanical Man of the Future (1928)
The Robot is a Terrible Creature (1922)
Mammy vs Robot (Charleston Gazette, 1937)
Donald Duck's "Modern Inventions" (1937)
All's Fair at the Fair (1938)

Article originally appeared on Paleofuture (http://paleofuture.com/).
See website for complete article licensing information.