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New York Comic Con 2012

NYCC 2012: Iron Man: Season One

Howard Chaykin and Gerald Parel revisit the origin of Tony Stark!

Iron Man: Season One preview art by Gerald Parel

By TJ Dietsch

The Season One graphic novel series takes Marvel's most popular characters and teams—including The Hulk, Daredevil, the Fantastic Four, Doctor Strange and others—and updates their origins with some of the greatest talent in comics. Iron Man finally gets the Season One treatment come April from legendary writer Howard Chaykin and artist Gerald Parel.

“Iron Man, Captain America and Damage Control are my favorite Marvel concepts,” Chaykin shares. “When the chance to do this was offered to me back in 2008 I jumped at it.”

The retooled origin presented in this book finds Tony Stark in a familiar setting: captured in a foreign land by extremists who want him to build something or die. Instead he builds the Iron Man armor and gets away, but the new freedom comes with a cost.
“I wanted to do a story in which actions have unintended consequences, a concept which I feel defines much of the world's history for the last two centuries—and which I don't believe has been addressed on such a big scale before,” Chaykin says.

The story will focus on many of the traditional elements of Iron Man’s origin, including his change from privileged playboy to hero with a conscience. The more offbeat aspects of Stark's personality continue to draw Chaykin in.

Iron Man: Season One preview art by Gerald Parel

“His right wing politics, his alcoholism, his nihilism—and how all of these things were character flaws and character, too,” Chaykin offers as appealing characteristics.

While those aspects of the Golden Avenger remain intact for the retelling of Iron Man's origin, Chaykin updated other aspects and made some changes for the Season One audience. 

“A different location, an adjusted world view and a villain with a bit more contemporarily realistic scale seemed called for,” Chaykin says, referring to alterations he made.
Hard at work on the series since Chaykin turned the script in back in 2009, Parel's work impresses the creator, who has been making comics for the past 40 years.

“I'm delighted with the brilliant artwork Gerald has provided,” Chaykin says.

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