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TRDL - Iron Monger by TRDLcomics TRDL - Iron Monger by TRDLcomics
Iron Monger[From Iron Man #200]
TRDL Iron Man Series

This was done for my TRDL Iron Man Series, and also [nominally] for the R3 Art Challenge, the subject being 'Bald Characters'... in these days of multiple small children and lots of work and competing interests for my time, I look for opportunities to kill multiple avians with single projectiles. In this case, Obadiah Stane was certainly bald. And hey, the armor has no hair, so.
Anyway, I'm fond of the original Iron Monger in the comics because I was reallllllly peaking on my love for Iron Man after reading all those depressing alcohol and then homeless and then silicon valley / headache issues for a few years leading up to the big reveal of the Silver Centurion Armor and the surprise appearance of Iron Monger for the big showdown. I know the armor was unearthed and reused later, but at the time, for a major, major plotline to culminate int he adversary revealing a giant bad ass armor design and then have it end with a repuslor to the face in a single issue, that's just unheard of today. Even in the revolving world of comics and reincarnating designs for the 2-3 year turnover of new readers, Iron Monger hasn't been reused that much. And I LOVED the interpretation in the film. Going back to the original design, sure, I have questions: why are there cables connecting the upper and lower arm sheaths... on the outside of the armor's armored surface... but overall, it was a relatively tasteful way to do the 'dark' version of a major character, while also referencing his earliest beginnings. Loved it.
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MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Awesome one of Iron Monger here
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TRDLcomics Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
cheers!
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Lpsalsaman Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nicely done! Love the colors on this one!
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TRDLcomics Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
thank you! This was the Ironmonger I loved as a youth. Back when 'dead stayed dead' at Marvel, or at least more so, Stane's defeat and suicide was pretty startling in it's finale. And I loved, and love to this day, the idea that they would reveal his secret weapon armor, have the battle, and end the character, all in a single final issue of a long running arc. Sure enough, they used the Ironmonger armor later for less interesting stories, but it was phenomenal and daring at the time.
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Lpsalsaman Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your welcome and yes those were the days when you read and felt that something was brewing or there was something coming which could lead to whatever it was. I think it used to be called "story development" don't know if they still use this concept today? Now are the days of "shocking" "blindsides" and what I call "reality tv syndrome" on comics. I think that is why I don't read them anymore like I used to a long time ago. Anyway keep up the nice work and keep reading the oldies! :)
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TRDLcomics Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
hahahaha I hear you there!
I starting reading comics in 1976 at the age of three, if you can call that reading, so my formative years were chock full of characters from the 70s... thats really my first love when it comes to drawing. I've hosted an art jam on my site since about 2005, and it's weekly, so over the years we've hit all the mainstream characters so I enjoy working on the fringe characters from back in the day especially...
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Lpsalsaman Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey back on those days you could make out what was happening on the comic book panels without any word baloons! Yeah I'm like you, my style is pretty much influenced by Kirby, Buccema, Romita Sr, Perez and others who were artists I grew up with. Wow that is cool that you have art jams on a consistant basis, but I think that been able to continue art as a career is definately the most awesome thing! Keep the up the great work! :thumbsup:
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TRDLcomics Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
ha, well, I made the decision when I was younger to not pursue comic art professionally, but chose a career path that would set me up financially to allow me to work on my small press publishing and commission and commercial design work on the side. It was a wise choice. So I'm an architect by day and a comic artist by night.
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Lpsalsaman Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So you are the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hide of the art world!;) Really cool, well even if it is designing buildings, houses or any structural piece it is still some form of art which I think is really awesome!
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TRDLcomics Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
cheers man
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