Robots in American Popular Culture
Images for Chapters in Part One

Robots are part of the visual arts, each concept typical of the time and place. It was not possible to add the hundreds of images I referenced in my book. This site makes up for that lack, with two centuries of images of robots easily squeezed in.

Each image is keyed to a chapter and its page number. This page contains the Introduction and the ten chapters of Part One.

Click here for Part Two and its chapters.

 

Scroll horizontally through the slideshow to work through an individual chapter; scroll vertically down to page to find each of the sixteen chapters and the introductions, or click on the Chapter icons below.

INTRODUCTION

The Robot Pre-Computer

Page 1

Jean-Léon Gérôme, Pygmalion and Galatea, ca. 1890

 
CHAPTER 1

The Robot and the Android: The Origin of the Species

Page 11

Karel Čapek, author of R.U.R.

 
CHAPTER 2

The Heimlich Maneuver: Early Fictional Robots

Page 21

Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus.

 
 
CHAPTER 3

Is It Mechanism or Soul? Robots on the Stage

Page 35

The Times of London, December 22, 1795

 
CHAPTER 4

The Wonderful Walking Mechanical Men

Page 46-8

Steam man, 1868, Zadock Dederick and Isaac Glass

CHAPTER 5

“Quiet, Please. I’m Talking”: The Westinghouse Family of Robots

Page 64-7

Roy Wensley and Herbert Televox, 1927

 
 
CHAPTER 6

Iron Monster Turns Traitor

Page 74

Otto Whitman (or Widman), with Occultus, 1911

 
CHAPTER 7

Buck, Flash, Tillie, and Mickey: Robots in Comics Strips

Page 90

Hans Horina, Professor Dodger And His Automatic Servant Girl (November 17, 1907)

 
CHAPTER 8

A Tribe of Living Mechanical Men!!: Robots in Comic Books

Page 110-11

"The Adventures of ‘Spargus and Chubby,"

The Funnies #2, November 1936

 
CHAPTER 9

Utterly Alien and Non-Human:  The Robot in Golden Age Science Fiction

Page 129

A. Merritt, "The Metal Monster,"

Argosy All-Story Weekly, August 7, 1920, cover by Glen White

 
CHAPTER 10

The Automation!: Robots in Movies

Page 148

The Electric Leg, UK 1912

Directed by Percy Stow

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