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Iron Man Least Favorite Armors

May 3, 2008

Now that I’ve gone over my favorite armors, I’ll move on to the next logical step: listing my least favorite armors. This list will include specialty and alternate armors also, and will be the third and final installment for this series. Though there were a lot of Iron Man armors out there, splitting them into three separate entries made the pool pretty shallow. So let’s go tow hat I think are the armors that never should have been for the Golden Avenger.

5) Tin Man / Prometheum 2 Armor Mark III- Jorge Lucas Variant

This rendition of the armor was just plain bad. Looking like hundreds of wielded or connected plates like knight armor instead of magnetized mesh, this monstrosity looked like it was designed with medieval technology more so than modern. The terminator faceplate tried to give off a menacing look, and it was scary, but unfortunately it was scary bad. Oh yeah, and the waist was as wide as the chest, so he looked like a middle-aged football fan with a huge beer gut. Bleh. The only good version of this I saw was Pat Lee’s, which can be found in the bottom right of this blog.

4) S.K.I.N. Armor

I’m not sure I need to explain this one really. Nothing good including the concept, and the most disliked Iron Man artist in recent memory didn’t help things either. Kudos to Mike Ryan when he took over the book for drawing it well enough to make it look “just plain bad” instead of “absolutely horrid”. It was one of the shortest lived armors for a reason.

3) Ultimate Iron Man Armor

I understand that the Ultimates are supposed to look different, but good god. This ugly, low tech, blocky, goggle eyed suit is just embarrassing to look at. It’s more robot than armor and is the least advanced looking suit since the original Grey. They really need to change it, especially the eyes.

2) Every incarnation of the Teen Tony Armor

It followed the theme of the Retro Classic armor: god awful. It changed every issue even after it was completed, and not one ever looked good. Plain, boring and even the guy inside sucked so that was salt in the wound. Though at least we got to see its power in the final issues before Heroes Reborn, and it was somewhat impressive, easily manhandling a sentinel. But it wasn’t enough to make up for the lame design.

1) Retro classic Armor

I’m not sure what was worse for me about this design: that it was just so awful looking or that it followed my favorite armor the Modular. Really, there is nothing good that can be said about this thing, and I still remember all the letters at the end of the issues about people saying how bad it was. While I was never a fan of the classic armor (aesthetically) those that were felt this was a butchering of that design. Bad, bad, bad, bad, bad. Let me count the ways: the gauntlets, the boots, the rivets, the one piece torso/hip design… well, you get the picture.

Construction of Iron Man Armor

May 3, 2008

iron man armor constructionThe armor is not simply a metal suit; in fact, a typical Iron Man armor will have no actual rigid parts, all of them being collapsible in their inactive state. Instead, the suit consists of approximately two million grain-of-sand-sized discrete units, which are shaped to have as large a surface as possible to optimize their effectiveness. The basis of Iron Man’s structural integrity is namely the powerful force field which permeates the armor’s “cells”, as well as the whole. Each of the “cells” is a tiny unit in its own right, contributing energy and computing power to the entire armor; this is also why the suit can remain functional even having sustained considerable damage: the basic principle of the suit is holistic (each part contains the whole, as it were). Despite the immense strength and durability of the armor, it is collapsible on the microscopic level, the cells “folding” in on themselves to take up a smaller volume, like a three-dimensional accordion pleat. Needless to say, the construction of even a single “cell” would take an enormous amount of time: automated construction is a must. For example, to attain molecular perfection in the construction of extremely small parts in the separate “cells”, specialized bacteria are deployed – the bacteria consume minute amounts of specific metals, then arrange themselves on pre-tagged areas on the “chip wafer”, then die, leaving a very small amount of iron, or gold, or gallium-arsenide. This method allows great precision in determining the thickness of circuitry. While Tony Stark designs every aspect of the armor, production is practically entirely automated.


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