Being born in the early 1980s, I like many of my contemporaries, read a Children’s book called The Iron Man, written by future poet laureate Ted Hughes. The story was fairly simple, the titular Iron Man comes to Earth and terrorises a local community as he feeds on metal and is eventually captured and permanently imprisoned in a pit. Later, a space Dragon comes to the Earth and the Governments release the Iron Man to fight as a Titan against the invader. Eventually the Iron Man beats the Dragon in a test of endurance against extreme heat.
The book was originally published in 1968 and has pretty much stayed in print since.
Ted Hughes served as Poet Laureate from 1984 until his death in 1998.
Here is an read by Tom Baker on the CBBC show Jackanory.
The book was loosely adapted into an animated movie in 1999 under the title the Iron Giant, and featured the voices of Jennifer Aniston, Harry Connick Jr, Vin Diesel and John Mahoney. Like the book, it is a thrilling adventure movie for Children and mature enough for adults.
An extended print of the movie is available on DVD and Blu-Ray, UK certificate 12 for mild fantasy violence and beeped strong language.
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