On December 10th 1963, Marvel Comics published Tales of Suspense #39 by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber and Don Heck, which introduced the world to the cool exec with a heart of steel, Iron Man.
Throughout his comics career, Iron Man has always provided an opportunity for creators to tell more complex and mature stories within the superhero genre, and the character has emerged as a household name thanks to a number of successful feature films.
When Mark Waid and LeinilYu launched Indestructible Hulk as part of the Marvel Now initiative, they took the relationship between Bruce Banner and his giant green alter-ego into a new direction. Instead of struggling against the rage-fueled monster inside him, Banner chose to use the Hulk as a directed weapon, trading off his destructive services for the chance to focus on making the world a better place as a scientist. Now, just as we're getting used to the new status quo and Banner's position as S.H.I.E.L.D.'s greatest asset, things are set to shake up again, with the book relaunching as Hulk, with Mark Bagley providing art and a whole new set of challenges.
For more information, I spoke to Waid about the shift in the focus, the relationship between Banner and the Hulk and how it's changed over the past fifty years, and his process for writing a first issue -- a must-read look at crafting an introduction from one of the masters of the form.
You might have thought that Hot Toys had hit its Tony Stark quota with the accessory-packed "Mandarin Mansion Assault Version," but it just wouldn't be the holidays without announcing a 1/6 Scale collectible figure of Stark as he appeared in Rose Hill, Tenn. in Iron Man 3.
Hot Toys is set to expand on its Iron Man 2 and Iron Man 3 Cosbaby lines with a second series of IM3 figures in 2014. While the first series seemed more like an IM2 expansion with figures meant to more or less fill out Tony Stark's Hall of Armors, this second wave is pretty firmly rooted in IM3 with baby-ized versions of Iron Man Mark XLII, Battle Damaged Iron Man XLII, Pepper Potts in the XLII amor, Tony Stark, Iron Patriot and War Machine Mark II.
What if Tony Stark's penthouse confrontation with Loki in The Avengers had been different? Or the Wasp had been in the movie during the final battle? What if a pivotal character in Iron Man 3 had died?
Well, now you can see those alternate scenes via some just-released animatics from artist Federico D'Alessandro. Check out the whole bunch -- three from Iron Man 3 and four from The Avengers -- after the jump (Warning: Spoilers for both movies follow if you still haven't seen them).
Even with 42+ armors battling onscreen at once in Iron Man 3, one of the film's most engaging scenes actually sees a mostly unsuited Tony Stark infiltrate The Mandarin's HQ using homespun gadgetry and spy-like cunning (not unlike a reverse Kevin McCallister from Home Alone). Playing off the excitement of the Iron escapade, Hot Toys has announced its new Tony Stark "Mandarin Mansion Assault Version" 1/6 scale collectible figure, which bears the battered likeness of actor Robert Downy Jr., a light-up chest simulating Stark's Arc Reactor, and comes packed with a backpack full of all the gizmos scene in the film.
Minimates collectors may want to secure some clear shelf space before San Diego Comic-Con on July 17-21, especially if they're keen on Iron Man and Deadpool. Action Figure Xpress has announced an exclusive new "Deadpool Assemble" box set packing Cable-Pool, Captain Ameri-Pool, Thor-Pool and Phonics-Killer Iron Deadpool, plus a massive Iron Man 3"Hall of Armors" 10-pack that stocks eight of Shellhead's most iconic movie suits, along with 'mates of Tony Stark and Pepper Potts.
Diamond Select Toys and Art Asylum have revealed their first line of Iron Man 3 Minimates set to arrive in specialty stores and Toys "R" Us this spring. Following the release of a few trailers and promotional images, there's not too many surprises, but fans can still get one of their best looks at each character (in blocky toy form, anyway) so far...
Following a few teasers on its Facebook page, Hot Toys has finally given fans a very thorough look at its Iron Man 3 version of Tony Stark... and it's a whole lot more than just a goatee'ed dude with a glowing arc reactor in his chest...
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