Here is the latest cool comic book moment in our year-long look at one cool comic book moment a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!
Today we look at a cool scene from the great Iron Man run of David Michelinie and Bob Layton, only this issue is notable in that it was actually a fill-in penciler who still produced a great moment!
Now, don’t get me wrong, pencilers were mostly not AS big of a deal when it came to the artwork of the David Michelinie and Bob Layton Iron Man run, as Layton was finishing everyone’s pencils, so in the end, they all looked more or less like Layton, whether they be John Romita Jr. or John Byrne, so however good of an artist Jerry Bingham was (and he was a good artist), the following pages are really a bit more Layton than Bingham.
In a cool two-part story, with pencils by Bingham, Michelinie and Layton did a little thing they did every once in awhile (I dunno who was the driving force behind this, but Michelinie also used to do this on his solo work, if that’s any indication) which was write stories that addressed things that they felt should have been addressed in the “real” Marvel Universe.
Like inventing Justin Hammer to explain how all these costumed villains got their hi-tech gear (and why they didn’t just use that know-how to sell their costumes rather than rob banks).
Or, in Iron man #131-132, why Bruce Banner and Tony Stark never got together to try to cure Banner’s condition.
That’s what happens here, but of course, things go badly, and Iron Man and the Hulk are forced to fight, a fight that Iron Man had never won at that point in time.
The Hulk destroys a Learjet and the explosion does nothing to stop him, putting Iron Man into a bit of a desperate situation…
leading to this, which I suppose I would classify as the official “moment” of it all (click on the splash page to enlarge)…
And it’s followed by a great ending (click to enlarge)…
What a cool Iron Man run.