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Reverend Meteor

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Subj: Re: Iron Man's mediocre years were my favorite
Posted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 at 03:07:04 pm EST (Viewed 91 times)
Reply Subj: Iron Man's mediocre years were my favorite
Posted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 at 04:51:03 pm EST (Viewed 154 times)




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    I have the 1975 and 1976 Marvel Calendars up on my office walls, with the correct month showing. As I was switching them to December, it occurred to me to look for the Iron Man month in either of them - and neither of them had one. Clearly Marvel was underwhelmed with Iron Man at the time. But I wasn't.



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    Today I was recalling my days of buying comics at smoke shops and Italian ice stores. I would show up with my limited amount of money, having ridden my bike there as I didn't drive yet, and would select whatever comics looked coolest. Sometimes this was a DC book, but usually the Marvel books impressed me the most. And month in and month out, I would buy Iron Man.



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    This was before Dave and Bob. The writers were Archie Goodwin, Gerry Conway, Gary Friedrich, Roy Thomas, Mike Friedrich, Steve Gerber, Len Wein, Bill Mantlo. For some reason, I guess the book didn't sell very well. But it had great covers! And the stories inside were right up my alley, month in and month out.



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    I've ordered Essential Iron Man volumes 3, 4, and 5, as this was my Iron Man. I'm a fan of the earliest Iron Man adventures - I own the Masterworks - and I'm also a fan of the Stan Lee/Gene Colan collaborations on the character. But those stories were before my time. I know them only through reprints. And I wouldn't have read those reprints if I weren't already a fan of Iron Man in his mediocre period, when he didn't even rate a Marvel Calendar month.


The only run I ever got into was the David Michelinie years. Is he considered one of the good ones or one of the bad ones?



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