...when all the prototype robots of a secret government project are ordered to be destroyed, Dr Abel Stack refuses to allow the model he was testing, X-51, to be blown up.
Dr Stack had programmed X-51 with the emotional capabilities of a human being and renamed him Aaron Stack.
Considering the now-sentient robot to be the son he hever had, Stack removes the self-destruct bomb from X-51/Aaron and...
Written and penciled by Jack Kirby and inked by Mike Royer, Marvel's 2001: a Space Odyssey #8 (1977) was the beginning of the end for the title.
(Note: John Verpoorten inked the cover)
From what I've been told, Marvel and MGM were at loggerheads over the book.
Ending their contractual obligation with a reduced run of 10 issues instead of the original 12, Marvel suggested Kirby come up with something that could be spun-off into it's own title.
Thus was born Mister Machine...who had to be retitled Machine Man due to the fact Ideal Toys had revived the popular 1960s toy and had plans for marketing and licensing the property to other media, including comics.
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