Created by Jerry Siegel, Leo Nowak and Paul Cassidy
NAME + ALIASES:
Dr. Robert Crane, alias Paul Denni
FIRST APPEARANCE: Star-Spangled Comics #7 (April 1942)
Robbie the Robot Dog: Star-Spangled Comics #25 (Oct. 1943)
The Original Robotman
The character was inspired by Otto Binder's robot character from 1939, Adam Link, who was featured in the pulp series, Amazing Stories.
Robotman was originally Robert Crane; after his transformation, he adopted
the human alter ego of Paul Dennis. His brain was later transplanted into
body of Chuck Grayson. Grayson helped Pat Dugan (Stripesy) with modifications to his new exo-suit, S.T.R.I.P.E. (Stars & S.T.R.I.P.E. #8)
Oddly, Robotman was one of few wartime heroes to survive DC's super-hero
purge of the early 1950s. DC continued to publish his adventures into the
'50s, in Detective Comics.
He is succeeded by Cliff Steele, the Robotman of the Doom