A Man, A Plan, A 50-Ton Giant Robot

In the aftermath of the devastating Great Hanshin Earthquake of 1995, the Japanese city of Kobe needed something to symbolize its recovery and inspire the masses. Enter Tetsujin-28-go! (or his English-translation counterpart, Gigantor) to the rescue. The city banded together to raise funds for design and construction of the much-loved comics character, created by Kobe-born Mitsuteru Yokoyama in 1956. WebUrbanist has the history of the project, along with the inspiring story and lots of images of Gigantor's construction. Link

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