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The inspiration for Bender?

by Adam Finley, posted Feb 3rd 2007 9:02AM

robot comic bookSee that robot on the right? Does he look familiar at all? Does he perhaps resemble a certain womanizing, hard-drinking robot from a certain recently-resurrected animated series that rhymes with "Futurama," and is, coincidentally, also called "Futurama?" And didn't I essentially give away the answer in the title of this post?

Internet scuttlebutt has it that the robot featured on the old comic book cover, drawn by artist Alex Schomburg, is what inspired the design of Bender from Futurama. The Web site Samuel Design seems to have conclusive proof that Bender did in fact spawn from this cover. It has a screenshot from the season four episode "Crimes of the Hot" that features a "bending unit" with very similar head features of the nameless robot on the cover.

This sci fi and comic book stuff gets into territory I'm not completely familiar with, so I give the floor to you readers who know more about this than I do. Is it obviously the inspiration for Bender, or is everyone reading too much into it?

Thanks to Wild Bill for the link.

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There's MANY robots that looked like that in 50's Sci-fi. Some would claim that picture ripped others off.

They're inspirations, not plagarism.

March 13 2007 at 11:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Actually, he looks a lot, and I mean a LOT, like the prototype Bender shown in the Galapagos Islands episode of Futurama. You know, when Professor Farnsworth shoots himself with a Mem-O-Ray to bring back memories of when he was building androids for Mom's Friendly Robot Company.

"Does it always shoot out flaming burps?"
"It's not always a burp!"


February 05 2007 at 3:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Akbar Fazil

I guess for me, what is the point? Futurama's design has always had that 50's sci fi retro futuristic look to it so of course you are going to find examples of designs in past creations.
Seems like a no brainer to me

February 03 2007 at 12:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Wild Bill

So that means that Bender may be even older than Fry... Whoa, the electric yellow has got me by the brain banana...

February 03 2007 at 11:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Really I appreciate this nice thinking for the future
but when the life be roboting and automatic control we will lost the beautiful thing in our life its real love Dr wagih

February 03 2007 at 9:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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