A Visual History of the Many Armors of Iron Man

Pop Chart Lab
Pop Chart Lab

When Iron Man made his debut in the Marvel comic Tales of Suspense #39 in 1963, he did so in a clunky piece of gray armor that looked something like a trash can with eyes. But in the 55 years since, Tony Stark has upgraded his armor more times than even the most knowledgeable comic book fan can count.

There have been armors for space flight, stealth, underwater missions, battles with the Hulk, battles with Thor, and pretty much any occasion the comic book writers can think of. Now, the folks at Pop Chart Lab have compiled all 99 of these variant armors for a poster that recounts the history of Iron Man’s many wardrobe changes.

In this piece, you can chart the evolution of the armor and see how the comic writers and artists are constantly tweaking the character’s iconic look. Some of these variants were only seen on a few occasions, like the Thorbuster suit, while others would go on to define the look of the character for an entire generation, like the modular armor that would be immortalized in the video game Marvel vs. Capcom or the Extremis suit that helped inspire the original movie design.

The poster also includes suits Stark made for other characters, like the Iron Spider, and alternate takes on the character like the Iron Man of 2020.

This Pop Chart Lab poster is launching just in time for the debut issue of Tony Stark: Iron Man #1, which hits stands on June 20 from writer Dan Slott and artist Valerio Schiti. The poster’s final slot is currently a placeholder image for the new suit Iron Man will sport in the issue and will officially be revealed closer to the release of the book.

If you want to guarantee your copy of the poster as soon as possible, you can pre-order it now, starting at $37. The posters will begin shipping on June 22. And if you’re in the mood for more Marvel merchandise, Pop Chart Lab also took a look at the history of Captain America’s shield, which you can order here.

Pop Chart Lab's Iron Man armor poster
Pop Chart Lab

George R.R. Martin Doesn't Think Game of Thrones Was 'Very Good' For His Writing Process

Kevin Winter, Getty Images
Kevin Winter, Getty Images

No one seems to have escaped the fan fury over the finals season of Game of Thrones. While likely no one got it quite as bad as showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, even author George R.R. Martin—who wrote A Song of Ice and Fire, the book series upon which the show is based, faced backlash surrounding the HBO hit. The volatile reaction from fans has apparently taken a toll on both Martin's writing and personal life.

In an interview with The Guardian, the acclaimed author said he's sticking with his original plan for the last two books, explaining that the show will not impact them. “You can’t please everybody, so you’ve got to please yourself,” he stated.

He went on to explain how even his personal life has taken a negative turn because of the show. “I can’t go into a bookstore any more, and that used to be my favorite thing to do in the world,” Martin said. “To go in and wander from stack to stack, take down some books, read a little, leave with a big stack of things I’d never heard of when I came in. Now when I go to a bookstore, I get recognized within 10 minutes and there’s a crowd around me. So you gain a lot but you also lose things.”

While fans of the book series are fully aware of the author's struggle to finish the final two installments, The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring, Martin admitted that part of the delay has been a result of the HBO series, and fans' reaction to it.

“I don’t think [the series] was very good for me,” Martin said. “The very thing that should have speeded me up actually slowed me down. Every day I sat down to write and even if I had a good day … I’d feel terrible because I’d be thinking: ‘My God, I have to finish the book. I’ve only written four pages when I should have written 40.'"

Still, Martin has sworn that the books will get finished ... he just won't promise when.

[h/t The Guardian]

Attention Movie Geeks: Cinephile Is the Card Game You Need Right Now

Cinephile/Amazon
Cinephile/Amazon

If you’ve got decades worth of movie trivia up in your head but nowhere to show it off, Cinephile: A Card Game just may be your perfect outlet. Created by writer, art director, and movie expert Cory Everett, with illustrations by Steve Isaacs, this game aims to test the mettle of any film aficionado with five different play types that are designed for different skill and difficulty levels.

For players looking for a more casual experience, Cinephile offers a game variety called Filmography, where you simply have to name more movies that a given actor has appeared in than your opponent. For those who really want to test their knowledge of the silver screen, there’s the most challenging game type, Six Degrees, which plays like Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, with the player who finds the fewest number of degrees between two actors getting the win.

When you choose actors for Six Degrees, you’ll do so using the beautifully illustrated cards that come with the game, featuring Hollywood A-listers past and present in some of their most memorable roles. You’ve got no-brainers like Uma Thurman in Kill Bill (2003) and Arnold Schwarzenegger in Total Recall (1990) alongside cult favorites like Bill Murray from 2004's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and Jeff Goldblum in The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984). Of course, being a game designed for the true film buff, you’ll also get some deeper cuts like Helen Mirren from 1990’s The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover and Sean Connery in 1974's Zardoz. There are 150 cards in all, with expansion packs on the way.

Cinephile is a labor of love for Everett and Isaacs, who originally got this project off the ground via Kickstarter, where they raised more than $20,000. Now it’s being published on a wider scale by Clarkson Potter, a Penguin Random House group. You can pre-order your copy from Amazon now for $20 before its August 27 release date.

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