TRDL 2012 Series, No. 22 - Iron Man - Silver Centurion Armor [TRDL Iron Man Series]
This was done for my TRDL Iron Man Series [link]
, in which I attempt to draw all versions of Iron Man for no good reason.
This was the armor that started it all for me. This dates me somewhat, but even after seeing and enjoying earlier versions of Iron Man in my scattered Marvel reading growing up, I only started collecting Iron Man on a monthly basis around #165 or so, and then went backwards to about #100, and scattered ones prior. But all through the disgraced Tony period (in which Tony, losing the battle with the bottle a second time, loses Stark Industries to Obadiah Stane and takes a hike, with Rhodey taking on the Iron Man mantle full time) I was annoyed by both plot and art, and it was getting rough: I didn't like McDonnell's knee-knocked poses and a lot of the inks, and I was bored by Rhodey being a bitch about his headaches and Tony running a vague startup in what apparently was a desert wasteland, from within a geodesic dome filled with a few card tables, and no shaving razors. I appreciated the character arc, but I was getting bored as a young reader. And then it all came together: Tony couldn't help but get up in a new version of the MK I armor, things got heated between him and Rhodey, and then he went after Stane, culminating in one of my favorite Iron Man stories ever. So, in keeping with all that excitement, I was super thrilled by the Silver Centurion armor. Unlike many die-hards of the day I remember whining about it in the comic shop, I didn't mind the red/white scheme (hints of my love for that color scheme are obviously quite apparent) and the other details like the shoulder plates and the dome type helmet really appealed. It looked fresh. Nowadays I see this design as a bit more dated than I obviously had the sense of at the time, and prefer some of the older designs, but I'll tell you this: having drawn the armor maybe a handful of times as a kid, and then thrice now as an adult, my hat's off to Mark Bright, because this armor design features one of the two things* I detest most about trying to rationalize Iron Man armor when drawing it: angular surfaces floating over and into soft rounded surfaces. MADNESS! The gloves. The boots. The hips. The shoulders. The helmet. GAH! Still love it though.
*The other being overly arbitrarily complicated designs
My process notes can be found here:[link]