In the 80-plus years of superhero history, costumes come and costumes go, but few superheroes change their look as much as Tony Stark’s alter-ego.  Partly, that’s just the nature of technology, but it’s a fascinating phenomenon nonetheless.  Interestingly, not only does Iron Man get different looks periodically, but even his color scheme will change, from the original iron-grey to solid gold, with even a recent armor going black and gold rather than the traditional red.  With the advent of the movie, the looks of Iron Man haven’t varied nearly as much as in previous decades, but we’re still seeing variations of that same strangely simian mask and armor, leading to today’s tessellated mail query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) reminds Faithful Spoilerites that there are no wrong answer, but that the right one is “Silver Centurion,” asking: Which of the many looks of Iron Man (and yes, War Machine count) is the best overall costume?


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  1. Malone_hasco on

    I’m not usually a huge John Romita jr fan but his Iron Man from Armor Wars always stuck with me as the best. No idea which “mark” it is.

  2. Adi Granov’s Extremis armor has a lot going for it. Besides being the template for most later iterations both comic and film, it also walks that line between realistic and functional. It’s not full of odd stylistic choices like shoulder pads. It actually looks like something that would protect you while still letting you move (mostly with repulsors, but hey.)

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