|A rare photo from that glorious Summer|
Reports began to surface later that year of a mechanical man working with the Americans in the trenches in France. Such reports were cast aside as the ravings of soldiers suffering from Shell Shock and no one truly believed them. So yesterday I spent hours pouring thru recently declassified government documents and managed to find a single grainy photo.
|Svipul? Or a trick of the camera? You decide.|
After the war it appears that Svipul wandered the globe before finally settling into a life in the United States. Documents from those days are hard to come by, but we are certain he worked and paid his own way. Even during the Great Depression, Svipul spent time on the Hoover Damn project.
|Svipul was a favorite with everyone he worked with|
It is however, Svipul's years in Hollywood that most people care about. Svipul had served as the inspiration for Fritz Lang's Metropolis, but the main role in the movie had gone to a female robot instead. It wasn't until the 1950's that he entered the public eye. His earliest role was in the television series Lost in Space.
|With his now famous catchphrase|
But Svipul proved difficult to work with on set and the part went to the Metropolis' Robot's Son C-3PO. Heartbroken Svipul took the only thing left to him, a Disney film called the Black Hole were he played the bad guy robot Maximilian.
|Svipul was the best thing about the movie!|
|The extra "L" was thought to make the name easier for American audiences.|
|I still have his action figure!|
|Again, he was probably the best thing about the movie|
|Once more, the best thing about the movie|
Which brings us to today. As Svipul nears 100 years of life, possibly his biggest break is hitting the screen soon.
From all accounts this will be his masterpiece.
It is also worth noting that Svipul's design has been lovingly transformed into a ship design inside a computer game called "Eve Online". But that is certainly a minor note in such an amazing life as his.