Friday, November 21, 2008

Single Issue Hall of Fame: Iron Man #14

What a treat! Of all of the early Iron Man stories - this one shines on like a crazy diamond. Like the cover? Well, it's a Johnny Craig cover - so it's bound to be beautifully composed. The story is by Archie Goodwin, and upon re-reading for the 6th or 7th time, and the word that keeps coming to mind is sophisticated. The first three pages, in which a security guard recounts an attach by the Night Phantom is unlike anything else put out by Marvel at that time. Johnny Craig's opening splash page is unbelievably beautiful. What I really love are all of the little nods to Gaston Leroux's 'Phantom' - from the disfigurement to the underground lair, it's all fun. I only wish that we'd seen a Chaneyesque unmasking. This is a true classic folks - mixing Silver Age superhero fun, with a bit more Bronze Age depth. Goodwin really was a master!

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