|Artist(s):||Salvador Larroca, Penciller|
|Matt Fraction, Writer|
|Media Type:||Pen and Ink|
|Art Type:||Interior Page|
|Added to Site:||2/23/2017|
THE INVINCIBLE IRON MAN (2008) by Matt Fraction & Salvador Larroca. Issue #18, Page 22: (Splash) First Appearance of The Iron Patriot (as featured in Iron Man 3 movie). Graphite and ink on board Signed by Salvador Larroca 11" x 17" $1,200. This splash page is the first appearance of the Iron Patriot, here piloted by Norman Osborne (formerly the Green Goblin, now head of S.H.I.E.L.D.) This armor developed from Tony Stark’s stolen technology is used against him in a plot that was adapted for the blockbuster film sequel. While there are many great pages illustrated by the talented Larroca, there is only one first appearance for any given character, and this particular one was a major event in the massive crossover event, Dark Reign. Comic book movies (especially successful ones) bring the added bonus of curious new fans, but keeping them has always been a challenge. When Matt Fraction took the reigns of Iron Man, he catapulted to the forefront of comicdom as Robert Downey Jr. had done with the film franchise. Matt Fraction partnered with powerhouse writer Ed Brubaker on a revival of Immortal Iron Fist that helped earn him the 2008 Eagle Award for Favourite Newcomer Writer and Eisner nominations for Best New Series. He was also nominated for Best Single Issue for the Sensation Spider-Man Annual that first teamed him with Spanish artist Salvador Larroca. Based on their success together, the mold was set for the two to take on Iron Man in a new series set to launch the same week as the highly anticipated film starring Robert Downey Jr. as inventor Tony Stark. The planning was masterful, and the results paid off big time. Invincible Iron Man shot out of the gate at #1 and remained in the top ten monthly titles for most of its run. Individual issues are routinely reprinted to fulfill the demands of an ever expanding readership, and the creators were rewarded with an Eisner Award for Best New Series. When the success of the first Iron Man film made the sequel a foregone conclusion, Matt Fraction was tapped to be an onset advisor as well as to script the videogame based on the film –which coincidentally borrowed several elements from his and Larroca’s comic book. This scene is featured shot for shot in Iron Man 3.
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