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Iron Foot

Usually, I put a little effort into thinking up some clever copy for each post to make the site fun and motivate you to check out auctions you may not otherwise click on. But I can’t even front this time. I have no idea what’s happening in this auction. Apparently, it’s Iron Fist in an Argentinean soccer jersey. Sounds simple enough, but I’m tripping out looking at this thing.

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Iron Timm

Ever think about Iron Fist? I mean really think about Iron Fist. Is he cool on his own merits? I don’t know. Sometimes. But is he cool because he left a clear mark on an entire generation of creators? Yes, he sure is. People from a certain time just identify with the dude as part of their comic-reading adolescence. The same way I warm when I see certain issues of The Punisher.

Here’s Bruce Timm’s take on the Fist. We’ve covered Timm before here on the Noize. He’s like one of these Joss Whedon types that has a following for everything he does. I’m not inclined to follow his work like that, but I would certainly check out anything he did that was Iron Fist related. This sketch looks good as hell. No bids at this moment and only two days left on the auction. Get it, get it.

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Top 100 Summer Comics #20

In the ’90s, Iron Fist was wack.

Real wack. He was stuck in the disco era, still rockin’ the open vest, ballerina slippers, and with no writer having ANY idea what to do with him. That said…

#20 – Namor 16

John Byrne always did draw a MEAN Danny Rand.

I would say in the Terrible/Bad/Eh/Meh/Ok/Good/Great, Byrne’s Namor run for about the first 20 issues was strongly in the Ok-Good range. It was never steadily great, but this was a great issue. Worth picking up.

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Modern Classics: Iron Fist

Danny Rand is Iron Fist.

But up until Ed Brubaker and Matt Fraction, being Iron Fist was pretty lame. 

And though the switch from dojo slippers to regular boots was a big boost, it was the fact that Iron Fist for the first time felt tangible. He was real. He was finally realized in the Marvel way.

For as long as I can remember Iron Fist felt like he should be cool. The elements were there – he was halfway between Daredevil and Tony Stark, a great supporting cast and the potential was there. But his characterization was essentially halfway between a 70’s Kung Fu movie and the depth of Burt Reynolds. It wasn’t much to work with. After a relatively successful run in the 70’s with Power Man (Luke Cage), he was burnt toast and essentially faded into obscurity, save an appearance once a year or so in Daredevil, Web of Spider-Man, or… that’s about it. He even died. Did you know that? I didn’t – and as a 9 year old I treated it like my job to know that kind of thing!!

As it turns out Iron Fist’s peak wouldn’t come in the 1970’s, so Greg Brady, Peter Frampton, and Led Zeppelin can keep that seat warm for someone else. Someone finally put a soul into that shell courtesy of the aforementioned writing team of Brubaker and Fraction. Not just to Danny Rand, though that is done in spades throughout, but also to the “iron fist” as a mythos. K’un L’un meant absolutely nothing compared to what it is now. 

In this, the most recent incarnation of an Iron Fist ongoing series, the risks and rewards of comics come to full fruition. New characters, new stories, and a completely stripped down, refreshing look at a character who had been rotting on the tree for the better part of 25 years. Kudos. You MUST check out the initial three trade collections, and for your convenient consumption they are all posted here: Volume 1 (The Last Iron Fist Story), Volume 2 ( Seven Capital Cities of Heaven), Volume 3 (The Book of Iron Fist).

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