Friday, July 5, 2013
The first Machine Man mini-series that came out during the 80's was a revelation for me. Mini-Series were still relatively new at that point , so it was cool to see one of my favorite lower tier characters get a chance to shine. It was a fun, inventive story as well - set in the future with appearances by Iron Man 2020. What stood out the most for me though was the artwork of Barry Windsor-Smith. It was the first time I had seen BWS' pencils and inks, and I was blown away. Then there were those covers - the 4-issue format gave him the opportunity to do something really neat. Each cover featured a close-up of Machine Man's head, being assembled more and more with each issue. They were so eye-catching and unlike any covers I had seen before, they really made the comic stand out on the racks. It was a great design choice that I remember fondly to this day.