Before I go any further, let me wish a very happy 61st birthday today to Bob Layton!!
|One of my favorite IRON MAN covers|
by penciller/inker Bob Layton.
|Artist Bob Layton at the 2008 New York|
On the front page of his official website, www.boblayton.com, Layton has posted a blurb from WIZARD MAGAZINE that declares he's "the definitive Iron Man artist."
I couldn't agree more. After all, I listed his artist contributions (inking and pencilling) to the original IRON MAN title as being one of the definitive versions of the Armored Avenger.
When I saw Layton at the the Cincinnati Comic Expo, I told him so. I said to him that whenever I talk about “my Iron Man,” it’s always his.
“Thanks. I’m blushing a little,” Layton said with a big smile. (And I’m pretty sure he meant it.)
Next, I told the appreciative Layton I didn’t notice much visual difference between his pencils and when he inked John Romita Jr.’s pencils, which gave their lengthy and icon IRON MAN run a consistent look.
Layton said that was intentional, explaining he had a mandate that whoever was the penciller only needed to draw “breakdowns” (essentially simple, somewhat incomplete sketches).
“I had a definite vision for Iron Man,” said Layton as he sketched the armored Avenger at his booth.
|The official "Iron Man 2" photographer requested actor Robert Downey Jr. (from left),|
artist Bob Layton and director Jon Favreau "act like gangsters" for this on-set photo.
The official "Iron Man 2" photographer requested the trio “act like gangsters,” the artist said.
“We’re three white guys; what do we know about being gangsters?,” said Layton, who laughed and added the picture is one of his favorites. (Mine too!)
He's not kidding; Layton uses the "gangster photo" — which I call "The Big Three of Iron Man" — as his cover photo on his official Facebook page.
|Lou Ferrigno used these images to promote|
his appearance at the 2014 Cincinnati
But I bet you’d be surprised that the body-builder who played the rage monster, Hulk, is soft spoken.
I reminded Ferrigno I had interviewed him more than a year ago by telephone.
The “Incredible Hulk” actor explained to the man sitting with him at the booth he was the face of a computer company running a contest for people to submit videos in which they get angry with their computers.
Then, Ferrigno’s assistant said since the actor and I were having such a bonding moment, I should pay him $40 to get a picture taken with Ferrigno. Instead, I suggested he pay me since he’s the one who made the suggestion.