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[personal profile] hatman2015-12-16 08:07 am

Iron Man invents Google

Hi there. Been a while. I've been reading through old Marvel issues and came across this. It's half a page from Iron Man 246, cover date September 1989. (That's postdated by about 6 months, of course.) It's not a full issue review or anything, but I thought it might be of interest.

Tony has recently been shot, paralyzing him from the waist down. He finds the situation intolerable. He spends a while sulking until he realizes that he can modify his armor to move his legs for him based on neural impulses.

(Of course, it never occurs to him that this is a major revolution in medical technology which could benefit thousands, perhaps millions of people and make him a bundle of money in the process. Because, as TV Tropes puts it, Reed Richards is useless.*

*Warning: TV Tropes link. Do not click unless you have several hours to kill and room for a dozen more browser tabs.)

Instead, he throws himself into being Iron Man while, as much as possible, avoiding being Tony Stark. Then he comes up with an idea:

Half a page )

If only there was some way to search every computer connected to the fledgling Internet for certain "key phrases" and return information based on the results! He could learn all sorts of things about his medical condition and what treatments might be available!

He tasks an employee with writing a "virus" to do it, knowing that it's a difficult task, and (in light of data privacy issues) not entirely ethical.

This is early 1989. Altavista was founded in 1995. Google (the search engine now part of just about everything on the Internet, with questionable privacy ethics) was founded in September of 1998. WebMD was founded in 1996. (And Tony's virus doesn't even try to convince you that you have cancer.)

Tony Stark was, characteristically, years ahead of the curve.

But, of course, it didn't occur to him to patent and monetize that idea, either.

Found this Iron Man image...

I found this two Iron Man panels on MoviePilot.com, in an article about how Stan Lee created Iron Man on a dare.

Tony has internal conflict. )

Spider-Woman #1

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"That is a complicated question and the answer will play a big role in the series. Jess doesn't particularly like children. She's made that pretty clear in the past. She hasn't been waiting around for the right guy to settle down and have a family. That's never been part of her plan. All of this is new uncharted ground for her and a big life changing business. It's not a trick or a gimmick. It's a story.
...
I won't get into it here but I very much relate to Jessica's stance on children. There are big, strong, deep-rooted reasons why she never wanted to be a parent. I understand that. I lived that. Then one day everything changed. Jess seemed like the perfect character for this story.
" - Dennis Hopeless


"If you were on board with the new version of Spider-Woman (and why wouldn't you be, as it's the most interesting and relatable take on the character in maybe ever), then you'll be relieved to know this is the same Jessica Drew." - Matt Little, a reviewer for CBR

Writer: Dennis Hopeless
Artist: Javier Rodriguez
Inker: Alvaro Lopez


So this issue came out...

Read More... )

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #532: The War at Home Part 1

Once again, I'm posting some pages from CIVIL WAR. In this case, pages from J. Michael Straczynski and Ron Garney's AMAZING SPIDER-MAN run.

Why did Spider-Man decide to unmask during CIVIL WAR? After the cut, seven and a half pages from AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #532 explain it. Sort of.

Airport security = unmasking )