“Not to cut the point too fine, it was not an enjoyable thing to work on.”Penciler Herb Trimpe, on collaborating with Barry Windsor-Smith on Machine Man
(From Back Issue #25, December 2007)
ReviewTitle: “Rim of the Ancient Wrecker!”
Synopsis: Baintronics’ forces track an escaped Midnight Wrecker to Sanctuary – leading to a showdown between Machine Man and Iron Man 2020.
Writer: Tom DeFalco
Penciler: Herb Trimpe
Inker: Barry Windsor-Smith
This Machine Man miniseries (see reviews of #1 and #2) is a strange, transitional series. In terms of concept and character treatment, it has much in common with the more realistic, grittier fare of the emerging Copper Age. And, of course, Barry Windsor-Smith’s stylized art holds its own with comics of any era. That makes Tom DeFalco’s script the weak link here. Be clear: This story is quite good. But there are little quirks – awkward exposition to provide back story, occasionally clunky dialogue, etc. – that dates this one to the Bronze Age.
Cool factor: Machine Man vs. Iron Man 2020! By Barry Windsor-Smith!
Second opinion: Recommended by The Slings & Arrows Comic Guide (second edition).
“I’ve been on the defensive ever since I was resurrected … now it’s my turn!”Machine Man, one pissed-offed android
MACHINE MAN #3
Published and © by Marvel, December 1984
Cover by Barry Windsor-Smith