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Saturday, 23 January 2016
KID'S KLASSIC (KIRBY) KOMIC KOVERS - THE INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #80...
You all know the story about IRON MAN's nose, don't you?
Apparently, on a visit to the MARVEL offices one day, STAN
LEE was looking at some Iron Man pages of art and said something
like "Shouldn't he have a nose?" What he meant was that the head-
piece looked too flat-faced, and that there should be some subtle
contour to suggest that the Golden Avenger had a nose.
However, he was taken literally, and up went the cry, "Stan
says give Iron Man a nose, so that's what we'll do!" And that's
how ol' Iron Britches got that awful-looking facial protuberance
for however long it lasted. I'm not sure whether this next part of the
story is true or not, but, one day, Stan saw Chrome Dome's snitch
and said, "What's that awful thing?" Up went the cry, "Stan doesn't
like Iron Man's nose - get rid of it!" As Stan says, they probably
wished he'd make up his mind, but that ugly snozzle was never
what he'd meant in the first place.
When JACK KIRBY drew the iconic cover of issue #80, per-
haps he drew the nose himself, perhaps it was added at the inking
stage by AL MILGROM, I'm not sure. However, I never liked that
nose, so by the use of computer magic, I've removed it, to reflect my
own personal preference as regards Iron Man's facial features. So
whaddya think, Criv-ites? Do you prefer the Gold and Crimson
Gladiator with or without his '70s nostril nonsense? Do tell!
Posted by Kid at Saturday, January 23, 2016