Before there was a Heavy Metal, the heaviest metal in graphical storytelling — comic books, if you will — was Tony Stark’s Iron Man. He was a model of space-age defense technology and harbinger of modern exoskeletal warfa–
Ok, actually he looked crappy, like a discarded costume from a ’50s sci-fi movie. But to be fair, the Mk I’s primary function was to keep Tony Stark from dying, so it has the supersuit/mobile prison duality going on. There was a Man-in-the-Iron-Mask element of the story that was de-emphasized as plotlines (and suits) got more complex.
Things got better, though. Here’s an infographic by Mashable’s Bob Al-Greene that
makes me feel so brand new shows 50 of the Iron Man suits worn since that clunky 1963 debut. Click for a larger version: