Friday, May 3, 2013

Grooviest Covers of All Time: Beware the Mandarin

Hey, hey, hey, Groove-ophiles! While we wait for our chance to behold the spectacle that will surely be Iron Man 3, why don't we dig on some cover-sightings of Ben Kingsley's evil alter-ego The Mandarin as he appeared throughout the Groovy Age?


  1. Ghandi gone bad!!LOL Kingsley looks great except those Elvis/Nicholos Cage sun glasses! Groan! That & his rings don't look like cool mood rings with powers I guess.SIGH!

    I hope to go see it tomorrow! Saw some drawings of the Melter too. Who I believe might wack Pepper Pots! I know he melts War Machine. Hence the new red, white & blue armor I guess. And the team up of Shellhead & Super Patriot!

  2. I forget the Mandarin has faced other heroes besides Ironman. It was good seeing the mandarin go up against the Inhumans & Hulk !!

  3. The Mandarin of the comics has no relation to the Mandarin in Iron Man 3,. By the way, Iron Man 3 is absolutely horrible. Stark appears as Iron Man for about 2 minutes, the rest of the time it's Rhodey of remote controlled suits that burst apart at the drop of a hat.

    Robby Reed

  4. You're right about the Mandarin, but I dug this version--I also dug IM 3, so what do I know? ;D Thanx for commenting, Robby!

  5. Hey this ain't yer daddy's Mandarin! Seriously, it was not unexpected that the movie Mandarin would differ from the comics version. The only issue is how radical a departure from the original concept the movie version will be.

    - Mike 'two thumbs sideways - haven't seen IM3 yet' from Trinidad & Tobago.

  6. It's radical, Mike, believe you me!

  7. I think TOS #85 is by far the most exciting of these. It makes me wonder how Iron man got in that predicament and how will he get out, plus the composition is great.



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