Tuesday, January 12, 2016
We alluded to this issue some time back: Machine Man (Mister Machine this issue, his second appearance) is very attached to his face. Maybe not the same way you are, but yeah. From 1977, 2001: A Space Odyssey #9, "Mister Machine" Written, edited and drawn by Jack Kirby, letters and inks by Mike Royer.
Captured by the army, the robot X-51 has been thrown into a maximum security cell. He's also had the face his "father" Dr. Stack gave him, forcibly removed; and that's what he's angriest about. X-51 breaks out of his cell, and while he refers to an automated cannon as "brother watch-dog!" X-51 exchanges some surprisingly charged epithets with a guard, as they refer to each other as "that infernal machine" and "flap-jaw." (During his Nextwave days, X-51 would often refer to humans as "fleshy ones.") As the escape leads to battle with the guards, the administrator of the project seemingly relents, and orders X-51 released and his face returned. (And a tracking device surreptitiously placed in X-51.)
Free, and now looking like Aaron Stack, he encounters the mysterious Monolith again, and tells it he won't seek his destiny, it will find him.
I don't think this issue is considered to be Kirby at the peak of his powers, but I find it charming. Aaron is likable, which goes a long way.