Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Ultimo Lives!

Season: 1
Episode Number: 3b
Season Episode Number: 3b
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Voices: John Vernon (Iron Man), Bernard Cowan (Mandarin, Narrator), (Senator), (Reporter).

Plot: Tony attempts to retrieve his Iron Man armour in order to stop the gigantic Ultimo who is being controlled by the Mandarin!

Review (Warning! Spoilers!): This chapter is one of my favourites so far. The animators at Grantray-Lawrence found many creative ways to use make the comic panels move with very limited animation. But this is mostly due to the excellent layouts and script work by Adam Austin (aka Gene Colan) and Stan Lee. The story is just plain fun.

The use of Tony's chest plate as a shield against Mandarin's rings was a good move. I was wondering how Tony was going to get out of that!

This chapter contains the first bit of 'real' animation in the series. The animators created a walk cycle for Ultimo that they use a couple of times in this chapter and the next. It's simple and a bit crude, but I applaud them for stepping it up and fully animating it, even if it is only one little scene.

This episode is taken from Tales of Suspense #77.

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