I’m going to admit that my interest in the Marvel Comics that use my image and Iron Man trademarks varies. Back when Stan Lee first approached me I was pretty involved, making sure that the stories really captured what it was like to be both Tony Stark and Iron Man. Overtime though I learned to trust them to do their thing, and I really took a few steps back from the project.
At times the Marvel stories and my life have diverged, that whole Heroes Reborn thing for example, whereas others my life has been captured in the pages of their books with great detail. I still can’t read their storyline “Demon In A Bottle”, because it does hit too close to home. But with Marvel putting out the movie, I’m back to working very closely with them, so close that when they suggested that Invincible Iron Man writer Matt Fraction come follow me around for a few weeks to help him with his newly (re)launched title it seemed like a natural extension from what we were already doing. That was before Fraction showed up and I had to live with the reality of dealing with a comic book writer following me around twenty-four hours a day seven days a week for two months.
First off like any writer who hasn’t yet become Stephen King, Tom Clancy, Robert Kirkman rich he’ll eat everything and anything. It’s why I try to do interviews with Time and Newsweek at the office, because inviting a writer into your home is basically the same thing as randomly throwing out half of whatever is in your fridge. Comic writers are even worse.
But food is just money, the real frustration was that he’s a terrible wing man. We were on the West Coast and had seperated. I was with Megan Fox and he had gone back to the hotel room that he and I were sharing to write an upcoming issue of the comic. I was glad, because he’d been cramping my style all night in his K-Mart clothes.
Just as I was helping Miss Fox draw a bath so she could show me all of her tattoos my iPhone rang and I had the following conversation with Fraction.
Fraction: I’m at a scene where you’re talking with Pepper would you call her ‘baby doll’ or ‘sugar lips’?
Me: I don’t know, which doesn’t make me sound like I write for MASH?
Fraction: What’s MASH.
Me: A TV show. Look I don’t really have a preference.
Fraction: Well okay like what will you call Megan Fox tonight?
Me: Probably a dirty whore.
Fraction: I can’t use the word whore, it’s not a Max title.
Me: Whatever that means. Look I’m sure you’ll figure it out.
I hung up on him. Later he called back twice, but I let that go to voice mail because Megan and I were… occupied. The next day when I met him for breakfast, which I paid for of course, he seemed a bit miffed but I ignored him and let the previous nights experiance just carry me through.
This sort of thing happens a lot for cops. They’re called ride alongs, and Warren Ellis was featured in a Powers story about one. Mostly they’re just about on the job stuff, but I guess since being Tony Stark is such a unique experiance Marvel had thought this was a good idea.
I outlasted it thankfully, and he’s on his way home. I won’t miss him like I do Stan Lee. Stan Lee was a great wing man. Shit Stan’s still a great wing man. You want to score, bring Stan with you to any night club and you’ll be going home with the second hottest girl in the club (Stan will get the first).
This I promise you true believers.4 years ago • 0 notes