REVIEW CORNER: Iron Man #234

Iron Man (vol. 1) #234

Co-Plotter/Script: David Michelinie
Penciller: Jackson Guice
Co-Plotter/Inker: Bob Layton
Letterer: Janice Chiang
Colorist: Bob Sharen

Cover Date: September 1988


For this week’s edition of “Review Corner” I’ll be taking a look at Iron Man # 234 and this issue of I.M. is near and dear to my heart as it was not only my very first issue of I.M. but I was about seven years old when I got this issue way back in 1988 at the local liquor store in my neighborhood (I remember showing it off to anyone that was around me); This is a very great team-up between I.M. and Spider-Man and I enjoyed the way that Michelinie and Layton wrote this issue and the two of them have shown time after time how priceless their Iron Man run is (They came back for a second run in 1987) and I like that The Radioactive Man was the villain of this story.

It was amazing (No pun intended) that Micheline was doing this book and was well into his run on Amazing Spider-Man with Todd McFarlane during the late-eighties so it’s wonderful that he has a firm grasp on writing for these two legendary characters, and Jackson Guice’s artwork here was very detailed and not to mention, spectacular! Plus, it’s with Bob Layton’s inking (He can make anyone’s breakdowns look gorgeous) that really makes it a solid foundation At first I didn’t think anyone that could live up to the past work of John Romita Jr. and Mark Bright but Guice, during the second Michelinie/Layton run really made a name for himself as another iconic Iron Man artist.

This is a great issue for any Iron Man or Spider-Man fan and reminds me how much I really enjoyed the Michelinie/Layton era of I.M. so if you come across this issue, go into it with a lot of enjoyment because this is another great way to do a team-up story.

Next week, I’ll be back with another review of a classic so thanks for sticking around and I’ll see you all next time, and remember to be safe.

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