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Old 03-22-2007, 12:06 AM   #1
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Just curious as to whether or not anyone can recommend some good Iron Man material to read, along with issue numbers?

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Old 03-23-2007, 04:43 PM   #2
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Hi LanShark,

I've been out of the collecting side for a long time, but can recommend a few trade paperbacks that will get you into some of Iron Man's biggest storylines. It's easiest to simply link to the Amazon pages for illustration, I am not intending to shill for them. I think the descriptions contain issue #s.

I understand Iron Man: Extremis is a significant influence for the movie, and boasts some incredible artwork. A simple but mature story, it's my second favorite Iron Man storyline.

My first favorite is Iron Man: Armor Wars. This is considered by many to be Iron Man's heyday, with the classic crew of Bob Layton, Mark Bright, and David Michelinie. Great for the cavalcade of armored baddies, and also great to see Iron Man go rogue.

Also worthy of note are the issues that collect the Obadiah Stane storyline, first appearing in #163 through #200. If memory serves, issues #185-200 are the real meat of Stane's storyline, but I'm old and so's my brain. You'll be set if you can get your hands on 190-200. This is the character that Bridges is playing in the movie, but the role has been altered from the books. A very bad@ss villain. Hopefully a trade paperback will be released when sequel-time comes.

Lastly, the Demon in a Bottle storyline is comic history and said to be a focus for the sequel. Tony the alcoholic falls prey to his corporate foes.

I was never a big fan of the War Machine, but he'll also be a major player in a sequel. Maybe Google is your friend there. You can run an Amazon search to see what other older trade paperbacks are available, collecting stories from the '60s and '70s.

I hope this is helpful to you, and I hope to see others who are more current in their reading give more suggestions, cause I'm curious to know where to get the best of the most recent.

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Old 03-30-2007, 09:25 PM   #3
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Ultimates 1 and 2.

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What are some core basics of Iron Man? Like the origin tales? The movie hype has got me pumped and I'm interested in checking out the source material.

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I hear there are like 4 different origins when you count the new animated film.

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Hi LanShark,

I've been out of the collecting side for a long time, but can recommend a few trade paperbacks that will get you into some of Iron Man's biggest storylines. It's easiest to simply link to the Amazon pages for illustration, I am not intending to shill for them. I think the descriptions contain issue #s.

I understand Iron Man: Extremis is a significant influence for the movie, and boasts some incredible artwork. A simple but mature story, it's my second favorite Iron Man storyline.

My first favorite is Iron Man: Armor Wars. This is considered by many to be Iron Man's heyday, with the classic crew of Bob Layton, Mark Bright, and David Michelinie. Great for the cavalcade of armored baddies, and also great to see Iron Man go rogue.

Also worthy of note are the issues that collect the Obadiah Stane storyline, first appearing in #163 through #200. If memory serves, issues #185-200 are the real meat of Stane's storyline, but I'm old and so's my brain. You'll be set if you can get your hands on 190-200. This is the character that Bridges is playing in the movie, but the role has been altered from the books. A very bad@ss villain. Hopefully a trade paperback will be released when sequel-time comes.

Lastly, the Demon in a Bottle storyline is comic history and said to be a focus for the sequel. Tony the alcoholic falls prey to his corporate foes.

I was never a big fan of the War Machine, but he'll also be a major player in a sequel. Maybe Google is your friend there. You can run an Amazon search to see what other older trade paperbacks are available, collecting stories from the '60s and '70s.

I hope this is helpful to you, and I hope to see others who are more current in their reading give more suggestions, cause I'm curious to know where to get the best of the most recent.
Could a bonafide newbie get into these stories and not get lost?

My curiosity for the character has been piqued by the awesome shooting pictures in the movie thread.

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What are some core basics of Iron Man? Like the origin tales? The movie hype has got me pumped and I'm interested in checking out the source material.
Actually, Extremis also holds the modern origin for Iron Man. Pretty good stuff, with Stark pretty much building the gray armor out of old Macs and plate armor with a mine shrapnel ripping apart his inards.

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I always liked Iron Man over the rest from the old cartoon but only started reading it at Extremis no1, it was such a cool concept that has since placed Stark as one of the main men in marvel it was an ideal update for a tech hero and in this new era he has come into is own.

I also liked Execute Program because it was hard and fast you saw Stark in the **** and he had to prove his innocence using his new arsenal and no how, which proved difficult considering the odds he had to face through it.

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I'll agree with the above two posters, I only received the Execute Program TPB a few days ago and that in conjunction with Extremis is a wonderful introduction to the character, I guess pre-Civil War.

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I'll agree with the above two posters, I only received the Execute Program TPB a few days ago and that in conjunction with Extremis is a wonderful introduction to the character, I guess pre-Civil War.
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Is the Extremis trade a good place to start? Do I need any prior knowledge on Iron Man?

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Is the Extremis trade a good place to start? Do I need any prior knowledge on Iron Man?
Extremis is one of the best Iron Man stories, and has amazing art. You dont need alot of prior knowledge, as most of the origin story is retold, but it would be good to know the basics of who Tony Stark is (rich, powerful and a recovering alcoholic)

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Just bought and read it, and love it!!!

I think I will go for the Demon In a Bottle premiere next!

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Heroes Reborn Iron Man

Demon in a bottle

Extremis

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Ultimate Iron Man

Ultimate Marvel Team up issues 4 and 5

Ultimates

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Iron Man Legacy of doom

Marvel Adventures Iron Man

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Iron Man director of sheild

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I read Invincible Iron Man #1 at the airport, Thursday evening. It rocks.

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I would look at the regular series post Heroes Return starting from issue 1 to around 26. Great work by Busiek, and awesome work by Sean Chen.

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i dont read Iron Man but i did have a somewhat off-topic question: What's the difference between Iron Man: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Invicible Iron Man? like is he just "mr director" in SHIELD and it's about the organization or does he still do his hero thing, or is that what Invincible is for? im curious because 1. i wanna know why he has two titles, 2.im kinda considering picking him up, and 3. with S.H.I.E.L.D. being so prominent in Marvel lately, why they haven't had their own title.

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If you feel that you want to read up about Iron Man from the beginning, then look for Essential Iron Man volumes 1-3 all will run you around $20.00 each, very good way to start from the very beginning. Otherwise all the other stories mentioned here are also great ways to get into Iron Man with little trouble.

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i dont read Iron Man but i did have a somewhat off-topic question: What's the difference between Iron Man: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Invicible Iron Man? like is he just "mr director" in SHIELD and it's about the organization or does he still do his hero thing, or is that what Invincible is for? im curious because 1. i wanna know why he has two titles, 2.im kinda considering picking him up, and 3. with S.H.I.E.L.D. being so prominent in Marvel lately, why they haven't had their own title.
The main difference between the two, Iron Man: DOS deals with more of the Marvel universe in general, and Invincible Iron Man deals more with Iron Man's core universe. DOS he deals more directly with SHIELD and Invincible he's back doing things on his own.

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Just a quick question, is the Iron Man:HyperVelocity TPB in continuity with Extremis and the rest?

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Just a quick question, is the Iron Man:HyperVelocity TPB in continuity with Extremis and the rest?

Yes, it takes place before Extremis.

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So its before Extremis and its in the same continuity?

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I'm not seeing a lot of agreement, the way you might see Batman fans say "Year One is definately the best" (Which I actually don't agree with, but it's certainly top 5)

Is there one defining Iron Man comic like that?

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Do you have to read Civil War:Iron Man before Iron Manirector Of Shield and Haunted?

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