Layton's Iron Man: The End a Go

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Over on his website, Bob Layton announced that Marvel is producing an Iron Man: The End projects by him and David Michelinie. Here’s a copy of the full post by Layton:

There is a phenomenon in my life that my friends and I have dubbed as “Layton Luck”.
Simply stated, “Layton Luck can best be defined as “a good stroke of luck—with a misfortune attached”. Such is the nature of that big announcement that I had alluded to in December.

In November, I was contacted by Marvel’s Joe Quesada and Tom Brevoort concerning my return as the regular inker of the monthly Iron Man series.

With the impending Iron Man major motion picture in the works, they felt having my name attached to the series would be advantageous to me and to the company.  Since I’m generally regarded in fandom as the one of the most popular creators to work on the series, a mutual agreement to ‘bury the hatchet’ and work together seemed to be an arrangement that would prove to be beneficial to both parties.

I’m a professional and pride myself on being such. Regardless of our past differences on the handling of the character, I’m also enough of a businessman to recognize a great opportunity and seize it.

As a condition of the deal, I stated that I would need something exclusively for my fans in return for working on their version of the character.  To my delight, Joe and Tom agreed and we began to work out the details of a special Iron Man project that I knew you folks would clamor to see.

However, as the day approached that I would begin work on the series, that Layton Luck’ reared its head and our plans took a sudden, unexpected turn.

To better explain the problem, I asked Tom Brevoort to give you a statement in his own words:

“We had spoken with Bob about having him come back onto IRON MAN as the new regular inker post-CIVIL WAR. Given Bob’s history and association with the character, and the fact that Tony’s been brought to such prominence in the Marvel Universe, and has a major motion picture on the horizon, it seemed like an ideal opportunity to enthuse fans young and old. However, as it turned out, penciler Patrick Zircher decided that he was ready to leave the book—grinding our impending plans to a halt, at least for the time being.

However, as part of the larger plan, we agreed to publish the IRON MAN: THE END story Bob and David Michelinie came up with some years back to coincide with the release of the film, and we’ll be moving ahead with producing that project. We’re also looking at other opportunities for Bob to lend his talents to Marvel, both as an inker and as a writer, both on Iron Man and on other characters, in the months to come.”

Tom Brevoort

So there you have it.

Although it seems I won’t be working on the regular Iron Man series, “The End” story that David Michelinie and I came up with many years ago will finally see print sometime in the near future.

In the meantime, Tom and I have had several discussions about the perfect penciller for this special project and I’ll be announcing the selection of that artist as soon as the process is finalized.  If the guy we’re trying to get says ‘yes’—you’ll plotz when you find out who it is!

For the record, I have to say that I’ve been impressed by Tom’s professionalism and graciousness during this process, given that we have very different ideas concerning the handling for Tony Stark and probably will never see eye-to-eye about it.

Although we’ve been at odds with each other in the past, he’s been able to put our creative differences aside and has treated me with nothing but respect.

Fortunately, we’ve discovered that there’s enough creative room for both our views and may have found a way to finally work together.  We have had several exchanges concerning other classic Iron Man projects and I’m hopeful that they will come to fruition, as well.

As soon as we have the creative team lined-up and a definitive schedule, I’ll post regular updates and previews—right here at Bob Layton.Com. 

Providing there’s no more “Layton Luck” involved.

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