Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Mid-Life Crisis Iron Man.

Project: Rooftop and Westfeild Comics are sponsoring Iron Man: Invincible Upgrade, for which I'm a commentator. This is my ineligible little contribution.

I'm not really an Iron Man fan, and it seems me that, on some secret level, you kinda hafta want to have sex with a Japanese motorcycle in order to design a really good suit of Iron Man armor. And, well, I do not want to have sex with a Japanese motorcycle. So, it was difficult to find a direction on this one. Then I read Michael Chabon's article in the New Yorker on superhero uniforms as "True Skin." From that thesis, the notion of Tony Stark choosing to wear the machine as his flesh is distinctly creepy. From there, I liked the idea of lumpy, hirsute, middle-aged Tony wearing lithe, young machineflesh, and not really getting why the other superheroes aren't comfortable with this latest upgrade.

Not my most inspired redesign, but they can't all be Ma Hunkel.

This is a different version than will appear when the Invincible Upgrade runs. Dashing Dean Trippe generously offered to color my entry, and who'd say no to that?


Curt Franklin said...

My eyes immediately jumped to sex with a Japanese motorcycle. And then I started thinking about Speed Racer's car. I think I'd rather have sex with the Mach 5.

Dylan Todd said...

I like the redesign. It's creepy and sexy at the same time.

My only qualm is with the toes. Maybe they're like ninja shoes? With the big toe separate from the rest of the toes? It may not be a total "Secret Skin" costume (but come on, Superman wears boots, right?), but I think it makes for a sleeker shape and a sexier overall design.

chrishaley said...

The youthfulness that the "bare" feet represents is probably my favorite part.