The Chuck Norris of the 1930s?

Apparently Jack Dempsey was his generation’s Chuck Norris, who, as we know, doesn’t read books but stares them down until he gets the information that he wants. Here he is in a 1934 Modern Mechanix article boasting how he can “whip any mechanical robot”:

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Of course, I still think it would hurt like hell to try to punch steel, regardless of how good a boxer you are.