April 29, 2012

Tony Stark really is a genius!

While moving some stuff around in the basement the other day -- including some old "long boxes" of comics -- I came across one of my favorite classic comic editions: The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe -- Book of Weapons, Hardware, and Paraphernalia. The section on Iron Man's armor is especially intriguing because it offers up a novel technological "explanation" of the awesome armor that was never conceived of before:

You read that right -- Iron Man's armor was (and I say "was" because this issue came out in 1984) composed of bacteria. "Metal affinity" bacteria. And Tony Stark genetically engineered this bacteria to, when they expire, "deposit" various layers which his armor needs:

If this sounds incredibly fantastic, it, well, is. I mean, take a look at what these bacteria leave behind when they die:

Yep, when the bacteria die, they deposit things like a "graviton generator and magnetic beam path," a "magnetic beam generator," and an "integral electronic motor speed control." Pretty fascinating, huh?

The book is the brainchild of Eliot R. Brown who also did up the fantastic Iron Manual back in 1993. I'd say "seek this out!" if you're an IM fan, but I see that Eliot has the entire issue online at that link!

Posted by Hube at April 29, 2012 10:14 AM | TrackBack

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Eliot also did the awesome Punisher Armory series. I wish they'd put it into one book, they were great.

Posted by: thunderbird at May 4, 2012 01:52 AM