A Letter From The Publisher, Jul. 3, 1950

From the time of its publication in our issue of January 23, TIME's cover story on Mark III, the automatic computing machine, has continued to make news. Newspapers around the world carried stories on it. The important Soviet bi-weekly journal Literaturnaya Gazeta even devoted part of its May 4 issue to a splenetic, windy attempt to knock MarkIII's mechanical brains out. And now it has turned up in the never-never world of the funnies.

Weeks ago a computing machine strangely reminiscent of Mark III appeared in Milton Caniff's daily newspaper comic strip, Steve Canyon. It developed that an American traitor...

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