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Iron Man: The Ultimate Guide to the Armored Super Hero Hardcover – February 15, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 15 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 10
  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: DK CHILDREN (February 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756657490
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756657499
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Matthew K. Manning is a comic book writer, historian, and fan. Over the course of his career, he's written for many comic book titles including Batman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: New Animated Adventures, Beware the Batman, The Batman Strikes!, Batman: 80-Page Giant 2010, Legion of Super-Heroes in the 31st Century, Justice League Adventures, Looney Tunes, Spider-Man Unlimited, Marvel Romance Redux, and Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?

When not writing comics themselves, Matthew often writes books about the comic book medium and its rich history. For Andrews McMeel, he has written The Batman Files and The Superman Files, two comprehensive "scrapbook" style histories of the famous icons. For DK Publishing, he has written Batman: A Visual History, Spider-Man: Inside the World of Your Friendly Neighborhood Hero, Iron Man: The Ultimate Guide to the Armored Super Hero, Wolverine: Inside the World of the Living Weapon, and the children's reader Marvel Heroes: Greatest Battles. In addition, he's also co-written DK's Marvel: Year by Year and DC Comics: Year by Year, as well as the Spider-Man Chronicle, three massive month-by-month retrospectives. For Insight Editions, he has recently penned The World According to the Joker and The World According to Wolverine. Some of his other book credits include The Batman Vault for Running Press, The Art of Captain America and The Art of Thor for Marvel, as well as a series of children's books starring Superman, Flash and Batman for Stone Arch Books.

Manning currently resides in Asheville, North Carolina with his wife Dorothy and their daughters Lillian and Gwendolyn. Visit him online at www.matthewkmanning.com.

(photo courtesy of Chris Montgomery)

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Great Iron Man complete reference!!!
Chad
I ordered this book because I was looking for an overview of the series, and I have to say, what I found far exceeded my expectations.
Cynthia Dumarin
It gave me some good information and explanations about plots, characters, and equipment.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Weyer on February 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover
DK always does great work with these superhero books and this is no exception. The book follows the format of last year's Wolverine volume, a nice and concise overview of Iron Man's history from his creation to key issues (such as the duo of alcohol-related stories) and interviews with creators. The panels from the comics are great as we get a rundown of all the major players: Tony, Jarvis, Happy, Pepper, War Machine, Justin Hammer, Whiplash, Madam Masque, Mandarin, Crimson Dynamo and more friends and foes (Avengers and even Force Works gets a mention). The looks at the various armors over the years are also good. The big push of course is a rundown of pretty much the entire history of the character from 1962 to early 2010 with highlights on Armor Wars, Demon in a Bottle and more. It's good to read an explanation for the wild "Teen Tony" arc of the 1990's and the changes of the 21st century. Whether you're an old fan or a new one, this is THE history of Iron Man, cheap at twice the price and a worthy addition to DK's comic book library.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Donovan on March 17, 2010
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This book is great. My lady friend and I got really into Iron Man after the first movie and can't wait for the next one. This book has been a great way to get more info on the characters and background. It's also helped appreciate what is traditional Iron Man and what they've adapted for the new movies.

The content is very thorough - it covers all of the series and sagas, goes into the details of the different types of armor, tells who the characters are and how Tony met them.

It's very easy to ready for an hour or for 5 minutes - it's not a novel or a biography; it goes section by section to you can jump to what you're curious about or go page by page and follow the development from the armor to the interior of Tony's personal issues, from the origin to the current and future suits.

It's extremely educational - like I said, it's great to see what is traditional Iron Man, what they've adapted for the movie and what to expect in the upcoming sequel. Also, gives great info on the relationships with other heroes if you're curious about how Iron Man fits into the Marvel Universe (did you know he made a suit for Wolverine at one point? I didn't!)

Strong recommendation. It doesn't cost much more than a movie ticket and it's a great way to hold you over for the next one, or fill you in after seeing it if it leaves you wanting more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Canadianladybug on May 19, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Iron Man is another Marvel character that has made its way to the big screen in the recent years. And with his appearance in theater, a new generation of kids have learned to love this Marvel character. This book will allow them to read all they want to know about Tony Stark and Iron Man from it’s creation in the comic world to the more recent adventures.

Packed with illustrations that highlights the information contained in this book, the child who reads it will discover the friends, allies, enemies, weapons and much more about Iron Man. The book will bring the reader through the years from the creation of the character to more recent days. The reader will discover key issues, important story lines, a detailed timeline and important things that happened in the world of Iron Man through the years.

It’s the perfect book for the child who loves Iron Man and can’t get enough of him. The book will encourage reading as he discover more about one of the great super-heroes existing in the Marvel universe.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Dumarin on March 17, 2013
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I've never read comic books, but I so loved the Iron Man and Avengers movies, that I just had to take a look at where the character came from. I ordered this book because I was looking for an overview of the series, and I have to say, what I found far exceeded my expectations.

My first impression of the book was surprise. The quality of the actual book was far more luxurious than what I would have expected, considering this was a comic book character. Heavy glossy paper, hardcover format with gold page edges. I haven't seen that in years! Very nice, especially since the book was not expensive.

The meat of the book did not disappoint either. I found myself getting drawn in, enjoying both the history and the artwork. I loved that there was a time line that gave me a real sense of how Iron Man's story played out over time. Not only did I enjoy it, I have to say it has prompted me to order more books and really delve into Iron Man. I really was not expecting to come away with that response. So the book did it's job. It sold me in a big way.

If you are new to the comic book world as I was, I would very much recommend this book. If you're a veteran, then I still think you would not be disappointed to have this well done volume in your collection.

Two thumbs up!
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If you are a comic book fan and especially if you want an accurate and comprehensive history and description of the Iron Man character this is for you.
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tales of suspense...forget the issue no# but it was the mid-70's when i was 1st introduced 2 ironman through a mutal friend and been hooked ever since...got all 3 ironman movies,,,plus the avengers flick and ironman still kickin' marvel universe bad guy butt for 51 yrs. and still counting...the book iz what i was looking for...
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