So, why do I bring all of this up? Mainly as an introduction to this next display of covers. See, I’ve always believed that any artist that was able to instill real (visual) character in Iron Man had to be quite talented. After all, there is basically very little to work with on that face. Three slits, and, early on, a nearly imperceptible nose “bump” is all the canvas that has ever been available. The work of artists that can actually make him look mad, sad, frightened, etc., deserves recognition.
All of these issues are from Volume One. Click for a larger image.
No. 36 - Flailing wildly, Shellhead falls from the sky, appearing in true distress.
Artist, Sal Buscema.
No. 50 - Another Gil Kane classic, as are several of the following. Again, our hero appears mightily distressed.
No. 70 - Comic Book Data Base credits this to Ron Wilson. If so, he's doing his best Romita, Sr.