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The Mandarin

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Grey Gargoyle

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Subj: Re: I've never really gotten why people liked Iron Man (before the movies)
Posted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 at 12:42:53 pm EST (Viewed 171 times)
Reply Subj: Re: I've never really gotten why people liked Iron Man (before the movies)
Posted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 at 07:37:20 am EST (Viewed 180 times)

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Also, similar taste in facial hair & costumes.

When he used the Gene Kahn alias, the Mandarin looked like an evil Tony Stark.

In the same story, he was portrayed as a crime boss & the head of a workers' union, a populist using demagogy against Tony Stark.
http://www.supermegamonkey.net/chronocomic/entries/iron_man_57-58.shtml

So far, it has probably been one of his better & most successful plans.

I told you so. Calling himself Gene Kahn brings him luck ! (^_^')





Jim Lee's rendition of the Mandarin also had a similar dress code.








Yeah, I like the hypermasculine tackyness of both these looks. Especially the X-Men one with his leopard print scarf and tie. It combines the elements I believe The Mandarin's costume should have: it looks rich, and it evokes pimps and Goodfella thugs.

I've often thought that The Mandarin's clothing should almost be to Stark and Iron Man what the Devitto Penguin is to Bruce Wayne and Batman.



The Devitto Penguin is Bruce Wayne and Batman in one composite image. Like Wayne, he's a rich aristocrat. Like Batman, he's an image of animal brutality.

In my opnion, the Mandarin should dress like Stark, but with Iron Man colors. On armor, those colors looks heroic. On clothing, those colors evoke pimps and playboys. They convey toxic masculinity and vanity.

I like the idea that by putting Iron Man colors on a Stark business suit, you get this image of grotesque conspicuous consumption, the ultimate one-percenter.





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