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MARVEL EXPLODES ON TV 1
Iron Man: Superhero Landing Pose

Since starting our "DC on TV" series, I've gotten several messages saying, basically, "What about Marvel?" So, we're taking a break from our "One to Thrill You" series to present a four-issue micro series called Marvel Explodes On TV! We'll start with Iron Man #421, which was featured in the Iron Man movies -- sort of! Here's the cover...

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Here's the original painting, by Adi Granov...


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And here's the same pose, recreated for a movie promotion photo...

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Then there's the sequel, Iron Man 2...
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When Tony lands on the stage near the beginning of the movie, he assumes the now-iconic pose that originated on the cover of Iron Man #76 ... this pose was dubbed "superhero landing" by Deadpool!
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MARVEL EXPLODES ON TV 2
The A-Team: The Fantastic Four

The A-Team was a hugely popular series in its day, and one episode of the show, "A Small and Deadly War," (aired February 15, 1983), featured a real Fantastic Four comic. The book was FF #253...
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Series logo and epidode title frames...
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OFF WE GO!
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The famous A-Team van rolls...
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Inside the van, the team
(Faceman, Mr. T as BA Baracus, Hannibal Smith, and Murdock), strategizes...
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While Howlin Mad Murdock (the crazy one, of course)
reads a comic book -- FF #253!
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(Cover by John Byrne.)
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In April 1994, Marvel returned the favor in an FF comic by
showing Murdock reading yet another issue of the FF...
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(Insert "I pity the fool" joke here.)
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Yes, Mr. T once had his own comic, cover by Neal Adams!
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MARVEL EXPLODES ON TV 3
The ICE STORM: The Fantastic Four

In Ang Lee's The Ice Storm (1997), starring Toby McGuire, Toby takes a train. To pass the time, he reads (gasp!) a comic book. Not just a generic "no name" comic, but a very specific and REAL book -- namely Fantastic Four #141. He also "thinks" -- reading the words in certain panels aloud. Let's take a look...

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Here it comes...
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The real cover...
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Arriving at his stop, foolish Toby show us that he is NOT a real, true comic fan by executing the heart-stopping move of folding the book in half!
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... then THIS happened (not really).
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Comic panel close-up ALERT!
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The actual panels...
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The original promo (below, left) used to create the DBB ad (below, right).
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