thom chiaramonte

I draw comics, ride bikes, and eat melon; sometimes simultaneously.

TRDL 2019 Series No. 07 - Iron Man Modular Armor

TRDL 2019 Series No. 07 - Iron Man Modular Armor

TRDL 2019 Series No. 07 - Iron Man Modular Armor

This armor design hails from what I consider one of Marvel’s dark periods. Besieged with financial problems and corporate hand-waving, the company and its assets were intertwined with that of Toy Fair. More and more designs and comic plots seemed written to dovetail nicely with gaudy, poorly realized toys that were selling at the time. There’s no doubt in my mind that the Modular Armor period was all about toys: stick on weapons and shields and tech bits… the same logic which would carry over into the War Machine imagery and largely stay there.

For my version, I did some soft redesigning, largely focused on retaining the visual imagery of all those former connection points but actually eliminating the semaphore of big Leg0-like click-together bits. The connection points are now wireless, magnetic anchor points, indicated by the glowing bars… add-on elements would simply fly into position and stay there, never touching, like satellites a few inches from the armor surface. At some point I need to draw one with the components included…

 

TRDL 2019 Series No. 08 - Batwoman and Talia - Valentine's Day

TRDL 2019 Series No. 08 - Batwoman and Talia - Valentine's Day

TRDL 2019 Series No. 06 - Iron Man MK I [Gray Variant]

TRDL 2019 Series No. 06 - Iron Man MK I [Gray Variant]