Andrew Dynon (
Sun, 30 Jan 2000 12:28:56 +1100

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From: David "Jojo" Wong <>
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Date: Sunday, January 30, 2000 11:06 AM
Subject: Re: [gundam] Did Tomino invent Mecha?

>On Sat, 29 Jan 2000 22:42:56 +0000, wrote:
>> In message <>, -Z-
>> <Z@Gundam.Com> writes
>> >At 14:13 1/28/2000 -0700, you wrote:
>> There might actually be a couple of earlier candidates, although
>> I suspect Go Nagai probably gets the award for making the idea of a
>> piloted giant robot so popular. One entrant is the unknown Japanese
>> propaganda artist who drew a picture of a huge, multi-gunned robot
>> crushing the US military with its steel feet and zapping planes with its
>> ray guns. (I've seen it in an illustration somewhere, I can't remember
>> where though).
>The illustration was probably the one that was shown in the book you
>mentioned later on..."Dreamland Japan," or the other Fred Schodt book--the
>name of it eludes me at the present time. This illustration was drawn near
>the end of...World War 2? When Japan was in a frustrated state? I think it
>was meant to alleviate the frustrations of the Japanese by showing them a
>wish-fulfillment image. I don't remember a lot about this, so maybe someone
>could help me here.

It was in Schodt's other famous book on manga, "Manga! Manga! The World of
Japanese Comics". And yes, it was WW2.

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