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James Woodcock
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Posted: 04 August 2022 at 9:17pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

David Micheline/JRJR/Bob Layton v1

John Byrne/JRJR

Denny O’Neil/Luke McDonald

Fraction/Larocca

Micheline/Layton/Bright
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Michael Wolner Jr
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Posted: 04 August 2022 at 9:37pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply


Lee/Colan
Mantlo/Tuska
John Byrne/JRJR/Ryan
Micheline/JRJR/Bob Layton
Micheline/Layton/Bright
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Jonathan A. Dowdell
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I loved the original David Micheline/JRJR/Bob Layton run. I think it is often the "forgotten" run of Marvel in the early 1980's (I mean forgotten in the lauded Byrne/FF, Miller/Daredevil, Simonson/Thor era).

I liked the Busiek/Chen run during Heroes Return, as well. 
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Doug Centers
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Posted: 04 August 2022 at 11:32pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

"Hey, can anyone help me with identifying an Iron Man story?"

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Wallace, not sure how far you go back but my comic intro to the Mandarin was a story that culminated in #100 where he seemed to be using many of his rings.
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Stéphane Garrelie
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Hey, can anyone help me with identifying an Iron Man story?

[... }Iron Man battles the Mandarin. In the story, the Mandarin uses each of rings to attack Iron Man, and may have been operating from a base on an island

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An island, or that:? 


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Greg McPhee
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One of the key things JB's run did on IM was bring The Mandarin back front and centre as Iron Man's arch enemy.

He had previously been used by O'Neill / McDonnell in issues 179 - 181, and Michelinie / Layton in issues 241 - 243, and that was the extent of his use in the 80's as an Iron Man foe. Obviously Michelinie and Layton used Roxxon, Madame Masque, the Maggia and Justin Hammer as foes in their runs, and O'Neill /McDonnell had Obadiah Stane, but the lack of use of the character baffled me until I read an interview with Bob Layton.

Layton said they wanted to use The Mandarin but couldn't come up with a good enough story that would serve both Iron Man and The Mandarin well. When they did use him they felt the story wasn't the best and ended up being overshadowed by Kathy Dare shooting Tony at the end.

Fair play for admitting a short coming. 
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Greg McPhee
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One of the good things about writers like Michelinie / Layton, O'Neill, Byrne and Kaminski was that they did things in their stories that had an effect or changed the character (the alcoholism for better or worse), but knew enough to put the toys back in their box at the end of their runs while still leaving enough breadcrumbs for successive teams to build on. 

Kaminski taking a lot from the Michelinie / Layton plots and Byrne plots in his run while still using his own ideas.
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