As you all know, superhero comic books are a serial medium, and superhero continuity, in particular, is an ever-changing status quo as characters change dramatically over the years. However, “classic” storylines are often viewed on their own and not as a part of whatever continuity was current at the time the story was released. As a result, when you look back at these storylines and the issues surrounding them, there often is a bit of a disconnect between viewing these stories as “timeless” and the reality that they are very much rooted in their own particular era.
This is the second in a series (of indefinite length and regularity) of pieces looking at interesting overlaps in comic book continuity. I figured that it would be worthwhile to show you another one right after the first to make sure you understand exactly the type of thing I’m talking about. In this piece, let’s look at Iron Man’s appearance in Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli’s classic “Born Again” storyline in Daredevil (spoilers ahead for Born Again if you haven’t read it!).
At this point in Born Again, Matt Murdock has returned as Daredevil (in one of the most iconic pages of the 1980s) and is fighting the super-soldier Nuke in the middle of Hell’s Kitchen with Nuke having military support from an armed helicopter. Frank Miller correctly notes that a firefight in the middle of Manhattan is bound to draw attention from the superheroes of New York City, and handles it beautifully (as does Mazzucchelli)…
Whatever you think of the relative aesthetic merits of Iron Man’s short-lived red and silver “Silver Centurion” armor from the 1980s, it still stands out like a sore thumb when re-reading a classic storyline like Born Again.
If you have suggestions for future odd pieces of overlapping continuity, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org, and maybe I’ll feature your idea in a future installment of this feature!