Wednesday, August 6, 2014

I am pretty sure there are 20 to 30 more sets. For a time the editors at Marvel were busy with hookers and blow and didn't have time to exert control over their characters. During this time every writer and artist created their own set of armor with various tinker toys.

My personal favorites are:

Model 4 - The classic Red and Gold. Can't beat perfection.

Iron Man #126

Model 6  - The Stealth Armor. It had no weaponry but it sure looked cool.

Iron Man #152

Model 17 - A Red and Gold throwback to the original V cut face plate.

In no particular order...


The character first appears in Thor #337 (November 1983) and was created by writer-artist Walt Simonson.


She first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #130 (February 1980).


Rom first appeared in Rom, Spaceknight #1 (December 1979) by Bill Mantlo and Sal Buscema.


Created by Marv Wolfman and Bob Brown. First appearance of actual Torpedo armor is Daredevil #126 (October 1975).


Created by John Buscema and Marv Wolfman. First appeared in The Man Called Nova #1 (September 1976).

In May 2011, Nova placed 98th on IGN's Top 100 Comic Book Heroes of All Time.


Created by writer Bill Mantlo and artist Keith Giffen, the character first appeared in Marvel Preview #7 (Summer 1976).


Firebrand first appeared in Iron Man vol. 1 #27 (July 1970), and was created by Archie Goodwin and Don Heck.


The character first appears as Walter Newell in Tales to Astonish #95 (Sep. 1967) and as Stingray in Prince Namor, the Sub-Mariner #19 (Nov. 1969). Stingray was created by my main man, Roy Thomas and Bill Everett.


The character first appeared in Iron Man #102 (Aug. 1977) and was created by writer Bill Mantlo and penciller George Tuska.


The first version appears in Daredevil #167 (Nov. 1980) and was created by David Michelinie and Frank Miller. The second character first appears in Iron Man #156 (March 1982) and was created by David Michelinie; John Romita, Jr. and Pablo Marcos.

Sure, these comic characters are in no order, but I am really a sociopath when it comes to Rom and A Man Called Nova. I have almost every Nova figure made, including a couple customs. To date I do not own the elusive Parker Brothers ROM figure.

I have liked Nova from day one. Well, day one that I was introduced to him at my old hang out - M&D Comics. Everyone else finally got on the Nova train and now he is one of Marvel's most over exposed and abused characters.

Same with Rocket Raccoon. Sure, he is a big time super-star now... but he was just a fuzzy self-appointed Guardian of the Keystone Quadrant when I first started reading his adventures. He was not quite a Guardian of the Galaxy. Yet.

If it doesn't become apparent towards the end of the list that I am a huge Iron Man fan... well, you aren't paying attention.

I noticed that (no surprise) I have a tendency to lean toward Bill Mantlo, Roy Thomas, and Marv Wolfman when it comes to creators.

Actress Marilyn Burns, who starred in the 1970s film "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" and TV movie "Helter Skelter," died Tuesday. She was 65.

Burns' manager said Wednesday that she died at her Houston-area home and that the cause of her death remains unknown.

The actress' career spanned four decades, which included a role in the 2013 film "Texas Chainsaw 3D."

In a 1974 interview with the Los Angeles Times, Burns described working on the set of the original film, which is considered a classic in the horror genre.

Burns, who attended the University of Texas at Austin, was working for the Texas Film Commission when she got the role.

She said the dinner scenes featuring a table strewn with dead animals and human teeth turned the stomachs of the cast, as well as audiences.

"After many long hours out of the refrigerator, each had its own distinct odor," she explained of the cow, dog, cat and deer carcasses. When a dinner break was called in the early morning, she said, "not many made it. We were down the road violently ill."

Burns added that she did not fare much better in the final days of filming. She was variously drenched in Karo syrup, glycerin, red paint, vegetable coloring and Hershey's chocolate syrup.

"I was avoided by cast and crew but very popular with bees, wasps and flies," she said.

Chris Roe, who worked as Burns' manager for eight years, called her "one of the most happiest, upbeat human beings I've ever known in my life."

"She paved the way for many great women who played huge roles in horror films," he said.

Roe added that Burns' family "thanks everyone for all their love and support, and asks for privacy at this time."

Article from LA Times by Kurtis Lee
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