MARVEL TAPS CARNIVALE CREATOR DANIEL KNAUF TO PEN SIX ISSUES OF IRON MAN

NEW YORK – Daniel Knauf, creator and executive producer of HBO's Emmy-award winning dramatic series Carnivale, is slated to take the reigns of Marvel's epic Iron Man series for a spectacular six issue story arc. The first highly anticipated issue is schedule to debut Spring, 2006. While Daniel Knauf – whose impressive credits also include the films Blind Justice and Dark Descent as well as the CBS series Wolf Lake – is no stranger to creative writing, this series will mark his first comic book effo

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NEW YORK – Daniel Knauf, creator and executive producer of HBO's Emmy-award winning dramatic series Carnivale, is slated to take the reigns of Marvel's epic Iron Man series for a spectacular six issue story arc. The first highly anticipated issue is schedule to debut Spring, 2006.

While Daniel Knauf – whose impressive credits also include the films Blind Justice and Dark Descent as well as the CBS series Wolf Lake – is no stranger to creative writing, this series will mark his first comic book effort. Knauf will bring his innovative storytelling magic to Marvel's Iron Man, the crusading Super Hero who was first introduced by Marvel in the 1960's.

"What I love about Iron Man is that he's the one super hero who doesn't eclipse his alter-ego," says Knauf. "Tony Stark is a very complex, messed-up dude. This is a guy who desperately wants to help the human race, but his creative energy is almost exclusively dedicated to weapons design. What's wrong with that picture?"

Emanating from his explosive imagination, Knauf will pen six issues of the monthly Iron Man title. The exhilarating storyline will feature a string of high-visibility assassinations, prompting an intense investigation by Tony Stark (Iron Man's alter ego), as the killer appears to be employing the armor and weapons of Iron Man. Stark is shocked and horrified by the truth he uncovers, as a far deeper game of death and deceit is being played – with Stark himself as one of the pawns!

"Daniel Knauf is one of the most creative storytellers of our time. I'm a huge fan of his work, especially his focus on dark themes and emphasis on good vs. evil," said Joe Quesada, Editor-in-Chief of Marvel Comics. "Iron Man is a much-beloved Super Hero in the Marvel Universe, and I know that Knauf's new exploration of this character will certainly not disappoint."

"This arc will put Iron Man through the wringer," says Knauf. "I really want to dial in with big, monumental fights and action sequences, while taking Tony to some very dark places, forcing himself to face some hard truths as to what it really means to be a hero and that, sometimes, 'meaning well' is simply not enough.

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