Better Late Than Never (Plus Honorable Mentions!)

Editor’s Note: These first two Iron Man redesigns were sent in to us after the deadline for Iron Man: Invincible Upgrade, but while we they weren’t entered in the actual contest, we wanted to spotlight them here. Also, check out the Honorable Mentions! – D.T.

Charles Rouse-Rodriguez (Larger Version)

Dean: Gosh there’s a lot of good going on here. The inset circle on the torso and the raised neck guard are the parts that work the best for me. I dig the simplified faceplate, but I think I’d rather have seen a more personable face there.

Chris: If only Charles would have turned this in before the deadline. Like Dean, I enjoy the indented circle on the torso as well as the neckguard, in addition to the backpiece. The faceplate reminds me of Eric Canete‘s work on the recent Iron Man: Enter The Mandarin miniseries.

Vito: It’s funny how everyone, when drawing IM, draws him in segments and plates. I wonder what the thinking is behind that. Or maybe those aren’t plates…maybe they’re designs on the metal. Just makes me wonder why all you artists think alike in that respect. My favorite element on Charles’ submission is the collar…how it goes up around his neck. Looks like a football player’s neckroll, which makes him a “bigger” character. It makes sense to me because you have to believe there’s a guy under all that metal. I would have given this a solid 8 had it come in on time.

Rachel: I can’t get past the fact that he looks like he’s wearing mechanical panties over his costume. Otherwise, freakin’ awesome.

Jon Morris (Larger Version)

Dean: Haha, this thing is CRAZY. Jon described it to me as being a womb-like containment structure that Tony lives in, so the shape and appendages don’t necessarily have to reflect a human form. I could see this as a future Tony Stark, protecting his ailing body, perhaps from a harsh environment. The only thing I’d deduct points for is the color scheme. I think Tony’d go for a red tunic over a blue one, man. Power colors.

Chris: This is less a redesign and more a re-imagination. I can’t quite get my brain around it.

Vito: I’m with Chris. I can’t quite put a finger on this one. It’s certainly a lot of fun, but wow, how weird!

Rachel: Add a third to that list! I love the design, but I can’t wrap my head around it as Iron Man.


Art Grafunkel

Christian Pearce

More after the jump! -Dean

Colleen Kao

Jorge Daniel Romero Castillo

Mark Engblom

Meghan Murphy

Paul Milligan

Vu Nguyen

8 comments to “Better Late Than Never (Plus Honorable Mentions!)”
  1. Any further information on Christian Pearce? Does he have his own blog?
    His interpretation of Iron Man is astonished!

  2. I agree on the Christian Pearce comment. I like the freaky eyes on the helmet. Wish we could’ve seen what the boots look like, though.

  3. Charles Rouse-Rodriguez’s Ironman looks like a red & yellow robot version of New Avenger, Ronin.

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