Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Iron Man 3 Week - Iron Man Villains of the 1980s

Doctor Doom!
Doom to me was always the perfect villain for Iron Man. Tyrant vs Capitalist. But, on some levels more similar than Stark would like to admit.

Constructed to take down Iron Man Mark VI, I'm surprised that the Firepower armor hasn't come back in some form....

Always liked the Ghost and the idea of corporate/industrial sabotage/spying. The Ghost knew he couldn't take on Stark directly and used stealth and his intangibility to cause damage that rippled through the Stark Empire.

Tony Stark
Stark's greatest villain in the 1980s was himself. An amazingly bold story to tell and apparently too much for modern audiences to handle (see details about Iron Man 3 which hinted at the director wanting to tell the Demon In A Bottle story; although it was kind of done already in Iron Man 2). In the 1980s Tony hits bottom and loses everything and ends up destitute and on the streets. He had no one to blame but himself.

Obidiah Stane as Iron Monger
Stane knew he needed an answer to Stark's Body Guard and it was quite a reply. Although I thought the build up in this storyline to issue #200 was a bit anti-climatic when he was taken out. It would have been interesting to see Stane or at least Iron Monger continue to plague Stark for a few years.

Living Laser

Obidiah Stane
Obidiah was Stark's biggest rival and who's dogged persistence allowed him to capitalize on Tony's weaknesses and take Stark Industries right from under him.

A nice upgrade from the original version, but what's up with the green pony tail? An interesting idea, but one that really shouldn't have been used in the Iron Man 2 movie. Never really go the impression that he could really stand up to Iron Man.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Iron Man 3 Week - Favourite story lines from the 1980s

Armor Wars 
(Iron Man #225-231)

 Iron Man Versus The Incredible Hulk 
(Iron Man #133-133)

 Doom Quest
(Iron Man #249-250)

 "And Who Shall Clothe Himself In Iron!"
(Iron Man #167-170) 

 Iron Monger
(Iron Man #193-200)

Armor Wars Prologue
(Iron Man #215-225)

Sunday, April 21, 2013

1980 - Silver Surfer movie

“We’re going to make an epic picture on the scope of 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY with the kind of soundtrack that that film had, only using contemporary rock and roll. It’s even conceivable that the Surfer might have a chant or a fanfare made up of one thousand electric guitars…doing the Silver Surfer has always been a dream of mine, and now it’s going to be realized.” 
—Lee Kramer, would-be SILVER SURFER producer (and Olivia Newton-John boyfriend), quoted in “Cosmic Silver” by James Burns, Mediascene Prevue #42, Sept/Oct 1980

1974-75 - Early Byrne art - Batman

It's not hard to see the Neal Adams influence in Byrne's early work here...


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