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Leon Theremin, inventor of the first widely-used electronic musical instrument that bore his name, is now in his own comic book.

Now, the plot is a bit … unexpected.

Time travel is real and scientist/inventor Leon Theremin just discovered it. The journey from scientist to super spy is shorter than you think. It all starts here. The first chapter in the new series by Curt Pires, creator of the critically acclaimed “LP”, and art sensation DALTON ROSE, the creator of “PHABULA” and artist of “SACRIFICE”.

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There is a missed opportunity, it seems, as the mysterious real life of Leon Theremin is stranger than fiction, involving the invention of listening devices and abduction by the Soviet Union, among other episodes. So many holes dot accounts of his life that it seems a fictionalized account would be perfect. Instead, we get a sort of James Bond Doctor Who Buck Rodgers thing. If they’re going to go there, I would want to see Theremin somehow incapacitate people with musical performances or something. But check out Theremin sporting a ray gun.

I had already intended to pick this up, but author Curt Pires himself stops in to set the record straight. It seems we do, in fact, get some of the historical episodes:

I actually think people will find a lot to like if they give the book a chance. We did quite a bit of research. The book includes Leon’s historical meeting with Lenin, the development of the instrument itself , along with all that Buck Rodgers ray gun stuff you mentioned.

Count me in, then; yes, I’ll give it a go. On order already.

And I’m ready for The Amazing Adventures of Don Buchla and His Flying Saucer.

Or my own Iannis Xenakis Versus The Moon People. Tune in next week, when you’ll hear our hero exclaim, “Curses! Stockhausen foils me again!”

Theremin #1 at Monkeybrain Comics – thanks, Ashley Elsdon!

  • http://www.facebook.com/andreas.arianto.y Andreas Arianto Yanuar

    AHA! at least some folks help make modern music history fun to read :P

  • http://twitter.com/CurtPires Curt Pires

    Hey Thanks for the article. I actually think people will find a lot to like if they give the book a chance. We did quite a bit of research. The book includes Leon’s historical meeting with Lenin, the development of the instrument itself , along with all that Buck Rodgers ray gun stuff you mentioned.

    • let em down easy

      but but but! arent you worried about disappointing all the uptight nerds and tinfoil hat fruitcakes with your characterization? better watch out for those chem trails…

      also…

      HAARP!

    • http://pkirn.com/ Peter Kirn

      Okay, interesting! I imagine a few of us (myself, certainly) were already set to give this a read – now I’m sure we will. Adding your comment to the story. Hadn’t meant to be quite so dismissive, I realize; my recourse to blog snark may have come across wrong and the marketing also led me astray.

      But adding that.

  • Oscillate Music Group

    He kind of looks like Archer…ah, phrasing?

  • http://twitter.com/cinemaveritex Cinema Verite

    This. Is. Awesome.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tngregory TN Gregory

    can this feature a team up with tesla in the next issue? seriously?

  • Seba

    I would totally buy a comic called “Iannis Xenakis Versus The Moon People”. Saving the universe with music and mathematics? Yes please.