April 2008

Iron Man Week Recap

by Alan Rapp on April 30, 2008

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The summer is just about here folks!  This week we celebrate the first big movie of the summer, which just happens to be based off the Marvel Comics hero Iron Man.  We’ll get you up to date on the rest of the summer film’s with our Summer Preview on Thursday, but until then enjoy our usual goodness with an added 800% more Shellhead!

Check inside the Full Diagnoisis for links to all of the Iron Man Week posts.


Iron Man movie review

Iron Man: A Comic History

Iron Man Selected Reading

The Many Armors of Iron Man

The Iron Man Panel from Comic-Con

Twisted Mego Theater – “Iron Resolve!”

Iron Man – The Video Game (behind the scenes)

Iron Man movie trailers

Iron Man Mash-Up Trailer

Iron Man Cartoon Intros

Super-Hero Poker Night

Where Does He Get Those Wonderful Toys (Iron Man Edition)

Marvel Comics’ 10 Classically Cool Iron Man Toys

Iron Man vs. Batman Mash-Up

Iron Man: A Comic History

by Alan Rapp on April 30, 2008

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Iron Man was created in 1963 by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Don Heck, and Jack Kirby.  That’s a pretty good pedigree folks.  For 45 years industrialst turned super-hero Tony Stark has been a staple of the Marvel Universe dealing with super-villains, hostile take-overs of his own company, relationships, and his own addictions.

Today we take a look back at some of the highlights in Iron Man’s illustrious comic book career.

This post wraps up our three day Iron Man Week, but make sure to come back on Friday for our review of the new film!


For 45 years Iron Man has been a staple of the Marvel Universe.  From a founding member to the Avengers to a catalyst in Civil War, Tony Stark has had both his ups and downs over the years.  Here are a few of his more memorable moments.

Tales of Suspense #39 – The first appearance of Iron Man.  “Iron Man is Born!” tells the origin tale of Tony Stark who is wounded and captured in Vietnam and forced to create weapons for the tyrant Wong-Chu.  He secretly creates the Iron Man armor to save his life and escape.

Tales of Suspense #40 – Iron Man’s armor gets its first of many revamped looks when one of Tony Stark’s women suggests a brighter and less scary look for the hero.  Stark turns the iron from gray to gold and bests the giant alien robotic caveman Gargantus.

Avengers #1 – Iron Man helps found the Avengers.

Tales of Suspense #46 – Iron Man takes on the Crimson Dynamo for the first time.

Tales of Suspense #48 – After almost dying at the hands of Mister Doll, Tony Stark designs a new lighter armor and which introduces the classic red and gold look for the first time.

Tales of Suspense #50 – Iron Man’s first encounter with the Mandarin.

Tales of Suspense #69 – Iron Man is challenged to battle by the Communist created Titanium Man.

Iron Man #142 – Introduces Iron Man’s Space Armor.

Iron Man #149 Iron Man and Doctor Doom battle in Camelot.

Iron Man #152 – The Stealth Armor is introduce for the first time.

Iron Man #128 – Ending of the “Demon In a Bottle” storyline featuring Tony Stark’s battle with Justin Hammer and his struggle against his own alcoholism.

Iron Man #170James Rhodes begins his two-year stint as Iron Man.

Iron Man #173 – Still struggling with the bottle, Tony Stark loses his company to Obadiah Stane.

Iron Man #182 – Tony Stark hits rock bottom and almost dies on the streets.

Iron Man #191 – Tony Stark return ins a new all gray armor; Rhodes remains in the classic red and gold.

Iron Man #200 – Tony Stark takes his place as the one and only Iron Man in new red and silver armor to take on his nemesis Stane in the stolen Iron Monger armor.

Iron Man #218 – The first appearance of the Undersea Armor.

Iron Man #225 – The “Armor Wars” begin as Tony Stark goes after both heroes and villains who are using stolen Iron Man technology including Stilt-Man, the Beetle, the Controller, the Crimson Dymano, the Mauler, Titanium Man, Stingray, and S.H.I.E.L.D. operatives the Mandroids and Guardsmen.

Iron Man #231 – Following the “death” of the red and silver Iron Man from the end of the previous issue, Tony Stark returns to a revamped red and gold design.

Iron Man #242 – Tony Stark is shot and paralyzed by a crazy former girlfriend Kathy Dare.  Over the following issues Stark creates armor which allows him to move around as Iron Man.

Iron Man #250 – Iron Man and Doctor Doom battle in Camelot, again.

Iron Man #269 – Tony Stark fights paralysis from nerve damage caused by the interface of the new Iron Man armor.

Iron Man #281 – First appearance of the War Machine armor.

Iron Man #284 – Tony Stark fakes his own death and goes into suspended animation hoping a cure for his degenerative condition can be found.

Iron Man #290 – Iron Man returns from the dead with new armor.

Iron Man #305 – Iron Man takes on the Hulk in the new Hulkbuster Armor.

Iron Man #324 – Having lost Iron Man to the mind control of Kang the Conquerer, The Avengers go back in time and recruit a younger Stark to be Iron Man.

Avengers #395 – Death of older Tony Stark.

Onslaught: Marvel Universe – Death of younger Tony Stark.

Iron Man #1 (Vol. 2) – Iron Man reboots as part of the “Heroes Reborn” pocket universe storyline.

Iron Man #1 (Vol. 3) – Iron Man rebooted again as Franklin Richards returns the Avengers to the main comic continuity.

Iron Man #27 (Vol. 3) – Iron Man’s armor becomes sentient.

Iron Man #55 – Tony Stark reveals himself to be Iron Man.

Iron Man #78 (Vol. 3) – Tony Stark becomes Secretary of Defense.

Avengers #503/Avengers Finale – Tony Stark disbands the Avengers.

Iron Man #1 (Vol. 4) – Iron Man rebooted (again).

New Avengers #1– Iron Man and Captain America reform the Avengers.

New Avengers: Illuminati #1 – Iron Man revealed to be part of the Illuminati.

Civil War #1 – Tony Stark comes out in favor of the Superhuman Registration Act.

Iron Man #15 (Vol. 4) – Tony Stark takes over as Director of S.H.I.E.L.D.

The Many Armors of Iron Man

by Alan Rapp on April 30, 2008

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Iron Man’s armor has gone through more than a few changes over the years.  How many can you name?  The good folks at The Iron Man Armory have been kind enough to catalogue them for us.  My favorite still has to be the classic Model V armor, though that Stealth Armor is damn cool!  You can check out all of the many armors of Iron Man in The Armory Armoire.  Enjoy!


Check out the many armors of Iron Man in The Armory Armoire

Blood: The Last Vampire

by Sarah on April 30, 2008

in Anime Reviews 

Have you ever watched something and it left you wanting more?  Well, Blood: The Last Vampire did that to me in the worst sort of way.  This anime starts off with a pretty decent beginning full of suspense and sword slinging action ending with pools of blood.

Blood: The Last Vampire
2 Stars

Have you ever watched something and it left you wanting more?  Well, Blood: The Last Vampire did that to me in the worst sort of way.  This anime starts off with a pretty decent beginning full of suspense and sword slinging action ending with pools of blood.

With a main character like Saya, not much can happen in the story that she does not already know or will not take care of.  Saya reminds me of another character named Balsa from Guardian of the Sacred Spirit, an anime I reviewed a few months back.  Coincidentally, Blood: The Last Vampire and Guardian of the Sacred Spirit are linked by Kenji Kamiyama, he wrote B: TLV and directed GotSS.  Saya is another one of those girl power characters, but her lack of friendly speech makes her less like the other weaker Japanese school girl personas, who basically only exist for comic relief.  Saya is part of a secretive government branch that tracks and destroys these monsters they refer to as Chiropteras.  For those who haven’t seen Blood+, read Jeff’s review or watched this movie before, Chiropteras are demons that feed off human blood.


After you get the gist of what the movie is in the first 5 minutes, it delves into the story and does not stop the action until the end.  Forty minutes of watching Saya track and attack more Chiropteras, the movie is over.  Granted the entire film is only 45 or so minutes, but I didn’t think it would be a wham-bam thank you ma’am sort of thing.  I mean I feel like I just had a good first date with an awesome guy and he decided not to call or text the next day.  Awfully disappointing, even with its beautiful animation.  I clearly could have spent my hour more wisely by heading to the mall and throwing away a few hundred dollars on some much needed shopping, but that wouldn’t have geared me up to watch the series.  Now, Blood+ has already been reviewed, so go check that out here.

My apologies for the extremely short review this time around, but there wasn’t much to rave about, or rant for that matter.

The Iron Man Panel from Comic-Con

by Alan Rapp on April 30, 2008

in Film News & Trailers

As we continue with Iron Man Week here’s a look back at the Iron Man panel from last summer’s Comic-Con featuring director Jon Favreau, Terrence Howard, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr. (plus a surprise appearance by Stan Lee).  Cool stuff!  Larger version available in the Full Diagnosis.

Iron Man

Iron Man Selected Reading

by Alan Rapp on April 30, 2008

in Comics

Looking forward to Iron Man but wanting a little more info on the character before you plop down two hours wages on a movie ticket?  Don’t fret folks, your RF pals give you the skinny on a select group of Iron Man graphic novels.

From his first days in print, his first encounter with the Mandarin, Tony Stark’s troubles with alcohol, the famous Armor Wars, the adventures of War Machine, Iron Man’s role as a member of the Illuminati, to his current post as head of S.H.I.E.L.D., we get you up to speed and ready for Friday.


The Invincible Iron Man Omnibus Vol. 1 – Let’s start at the beginning with the mammoth collection of early Iron Man adventures captured in this oversized hardcover.  Not willing to dish-out the $99.99 for this?  For $16.99 a pop you can pick up the b&w Essential Iron Man volumes 1-3.

Iron Man: Armor Wars – This trade paperback collects the “Armor Wars” storyline featuring Iron Man tracking down both heroes and villains who have stolen Stark technology.  Includes loads of villains, new armor, and a confrontation with Steve Rogers. [$24.99]

Iron Man: Enter the Mandarin – This trade paperback collects the recent mini-series featuring the origins of the Mandarin, one of Iron Man’s oldest foes, and a retelling of their first meeting. [$14.99]

Iron Man: Demon in a Bottle – One of the most discussed storylines of the hero’s career centers around Tony Stark’s loosing his battle with alcohol. [$24.99]

Iron Man: War Machine – I was never much a fan of the War Machine armor, but if you are then this trade paperback was made just for you! [$29.99]

Iron Man: Hypervelocity – A slightly different take on the hero and his world in this collection of the mini-series featuring a war between “the bleeding -edge technology of an insurgent mecha subculture and the massed hardware of an elite ‘cape-killing’ paramilitary force.” [$14.99]

Iron Man Vol. 1: Extremis – The current run on Iron Man began with this reboot by Warren Ellis taking ol’ Shellhead into the 21st Century. [$14.99]

New Avengers: Illuminati – Iron Man and the other leaders of the super-secret guardians protect the planet from harm, no matter the cost.  This trade paperback collection leads into the current Secret Invasion storyline. [$14.99]

Iron Man: Civil War – Marvel’s Civil War from the perspective of Tony Stark. [$11.99]

Iron Man: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Collects the first few issue of Tony Stark as the new director of S.H.I.E.L.D. [$14.99]


Where Does He Get Those Wonderful Toys?

by Alan Rapp on April 30, 2008

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From time to time we give you the heads up on some serious nerd merchandise.  Today, as part of Iron Man Week, we delve into cool Iron Man merchandise currently available (all of which is just one-click away!).  There’s something for every Iron Man nerd, with way too much money to spend, inside the Full Diagnosis.


Iron Man Mach 1 Bobblehead [$11.95]

Iron Man 12-Inch Deluxe Movie Action Figure [$30.99]

Iron Man Helm – Mark 3 [$39.99]

Marvel Legendary Limited Edition Scale Bust – Iron Man [$199.99]

Iron Man Life-Size Helmets [$399.99]

Iron Man Life-Size Light-Up Fiberglass Bust [$699.99]

Comic Rack

by Alan Rapp on April 30, 2008

in Comics

Hmm, we’re about to talk about comics so it must be Wednesday!  Welcome to the RazorFine Comic Rack boys and girls.  Pull up a bean bag and take a seat at feet of the master as we look at the new comics set to hit comic shops and bookstores today from DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, WildStorm, Archie Comics, IDW Publishing, Dynamite Entertainment, Devil’s Due Publishing, and Image Comics.

This week includes Archie, Battlestar Galactica: Season Zero, Blue Beetle, DC Universe: Zero, Elephantmen, Green Lantern, New Avengers, Noble Causes, The Order, Youngblood, and the first issue of Thor: Ages of Thunder.  Also don’t forget the truckload of new graphic novels including Adam Strange Archives Vol. 3, Bomb Queen IV: Suicide Bomber, The Complete Green Lama Vol. 1, Mystery in Space Vol. 2, Supernatural: Origins, X-Men: Messiah Complex, and much, much more.

Enjoy issue #70

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As a part of Iron Man Week, and with the help of the good folks at GameTrailers.com, we present you some behind the scenes looks at the new video game inspired by the film.  The game hits the stores on Thursday and you can find more sneak peeks (including two on the armors used the game) inside.  Enjoy!

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Twisted Mego Theater

by Alan Rapp on April 29, 2008

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Twisted Toyfare Theater, originally known as Twisted Mego Theater, is a staple of Toyfare Magazine featuring comic strips of Mego action figures acting in not quite heroic fashion.  As a part of Iron Man Week we share this little gem with you known as “Iron Resolve!” lampooning Tony Stark’s trouble with alcohol and his poor choice in asking the Hulk for help.  Enjoy!

“Iron Resolve!”