Thursday, May 31, 2007

Bad Iron Man Design Choices, Pt. 1

So, as much as I dearly love the classic Iron Man, there are some design choices that, shall we say, are better left in the past. To wit:

Why yes, Billy. Those are in fact ears on Iron Man's helmet. No, Billy. We shan't speak of this again. At least not until we get around to the ill-fated decision to have his nose on the helmet.

Oh, crap. I guess we've gotten around to it.

(Side Note: The Crimson Dynamo doesn't fare so well there, either, what with the 15-inch TV head and corrugated steel skirt.)

OK, Billy. It's time to rest now, and pretend that we revere anything in comics published before 1980.

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Anonymous SanctumSanctorumComix said...

The "Nose" incident has JUST a lame origin as the nose itself.

According to myth and legend (and Stan Lee's memory - which may be spotty, at best), the nose appeared because while he was looking over some then-recent issues of Iron Man, he noticed, that in profile, artists didn't seem to leave any room for someone wearing that helmet to even have a nose.

It was almost flat from forehead to chin.

So, he mentioned to someone (I've long since forgotten editor, perhaps) that they need to "give him a nose".

While he MEANT for the artists to allow some space FOR a nose, they took it to mean give the HELMET a nose.

It went like that for a few months or so until Stan saw a then-then-recent issue and flipped out.

"WHAT's with the NOSE?"

"But STAN... you told us to give him a nose!"

So, the miscommunication was rectified and they started to give some "nose-room" in the helmet.


10:01 AM  
Blogger Nick said... Man doing the Crane Kick from Karate Kid in that first cover.

Tony Stark...stealin from Daniel-san. For SHAME!, lol.

1:38 PM  
Anonymous plok said...

That is one amazing cover.

4:49 PM  
Anonymous Nothing Stops the Blob said...

In the first cover, it looks like he's wearing boxers too. Either that or he designed some robotic junk covered with robotic cloth for his suit. " just keeps me alive guys!"

7:01 AM  
Anonymous Muuurgh said...

I don't know what's worse, the nose or the fact that he says "THRU"

8:57 PM  

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