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Death's Head is Back, Full-Size, in Marvel Comics IRON MAN #9

Postby Va'al » Thu May 02, 2013 9:33 am

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Do you remember Death's Head? The 30-foot tall robotic bounty hunter was created by Transformers godfather Simon Furman during his run in the Marvel UK series, and Geoff Senior's artistic touch.
He was soon promoted to more than a one-off character and even got his own series in the late 80s, though reduced to a human-sized robot.

With Furman's blessing, writer Kieron Gillen brought the multi-dimensional mercenary back to Marvel comics, although always as a secondary character. Well, after showing up in the background of Marvel comics for the past year, Death's Head makes his full-on return in Gillen and Dale Eaglesham's latest Iron Man comic, issue 9, and he's in his full size!

Back in 2012, Seibertron.com reported from the Toy Fair that a new Marvel Universe figure of Death's Head had been announced by Hasbro - is this a good sign for its release?

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Re: Death's Head is Back, Full-Size!

Postby Flux Convoy » Thu May 02, 2013 9:58 am

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I know it's meant to look like Death's Head. All the cues are sort of there. Sort of. Looks derivative and unnecessarily complex to me though. What was wrong with the original design? I'd be down for a Marvel Universe figure (of the old design) all damn day. I'd probably throw down for a Legends figure too. The smaller scale would be preferable to me though.
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Re: Death's Head is Back, Full-Size!

Postby Noideaforaname » Thu May 02, 2013 10:22 am

Why did they change his teeth into a mustache?
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Re: Death's Head is Back, Full-Size!

Postby Bumblevivisector » Thu May 02, 2013 11:10 am

Yeah, not crazy about this redesign either, but considering how often he kept going through redesigns back in the day, it's not inappropriate for the character. He can always change again.

Though naturally, I'm really hoping his Marvel Legends toy goes for Senior's first design, or at least the one right afterwards from when he had his first title. A 6 inch figure would be good TF interaction scale, but a 3.75 inch one would be nice too.
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Re: Death's Head is Back, Full-Size!

Postby Mindmaster » Thu May 02, 2013 11:53 am

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Back he is, yes?

I normally try to stay away from anything Marvel-affiliated (not one for superheroes), but Death's Head is another matter, since his character does have its origins with the Transformers.
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Re: Death's Head is Back, Full-Size!

Postby TheForgottenTaxi » Thu May 02, 2013 11:54 am

Weird that he's showing up in Iron Man. Not complaining, but weird. You'd have expected him in one of the cosmic books like Guardians of the Galaxy. But whatever. Death's Head = I'm happy.
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Re: Death's Head is Back, Full-Size!

Postby craggy » Thu May 02, 2013 12:11 pm

TheForgottenTaxi wrote:Weird that he's showing up in Iron Man. Not complaining, but weird. You'd have expected him in one of the cosmic books like Guardians of the Galaxy. But whatever. Death's Head = I'm happy.

I'm not reading it, but I believe Iron Man is in space with the Guardians right now, or at least he popped by to say hi on his way off to a different part of space. Death's Head isn't just chilling in Harry's Hideaway or anything. That'll be a space bar.
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Re: Death's Head is Back, Full-Size!

Postby Va'al » Thu May 02, 2013 12:59 pm

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craggy wrote:
TheForgottenTaxi wrote:Weird that he's showing up in Iron Man. Not complaining, but weird. You'd have expected him in one of the cosmic books like Guardians of the Galaxy. But whatever. Death's Head = I'm happy.

I'm not reading it, but I believe Iron Man is in space with the Guardians right now, or at least he popped by to say hi on his way off to a different part of space. Death's Head isn't just chilling in Harry's Hideaway or anything. That'll be a space bar.


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Re: Death's Head is Back, Full-Size!

Postby cor2879 » Thu May 02, 2013 1:33 pm

I think I have a "What If?" comic buried in my collection from the early 90's (written by Furman and penciled by Senior, if memory serves me correctly) where Death's Head basically kills all of the Avengers. Tons of fun that one :-)
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Re: Death's Head is Back, Full-Size!

Postby Sabrewing » Thu May 02, 2013 1:55 pm

I DO read 'Iron Man', so I can tell you a few things.

This is chronologically his first appearance in comics after his creation, i.e., before Transformers, Fantastic Four, his own series, Iron Man 2020, etc. That's what you get with time travel, and, we may assume, also explains his slightly different appearance and the fact he is still big. Either that, or thank Greg Land.

Death's Head is pretty ace in these issues, being played as a 24-carat badass.

He's really more a prop than a character, isn't he? Doesn't have family, friends or romantic relationships... what does he need money for, anyway? Kinda odd.
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Re: Death's Head is Back, Full-Size!

Postby Burn » Thu May 02, 2013 1:56 pm

TheForgottenTaxi wrote:Weird that he's showing up in Iron Man. Not complaining, but weird. You'd have expected him in one of the cosmic books like Guardians of the Galaxy. But whatever. Death's Head = I'm happy.


Tony's been in space for a few issues now, the issue actually kicked off with him and Starlord talking before Tony took off after Recorder 451 and recruited Deaths Head to help him track the Recorder unit down.

He may look a little different, but the personality is very much there.

This is the original pulled (well you can interpret it this way) from the TF Marvel universe and definitely not Deaths Head II who was last seen as a reserve member of MI13 and thankfully a far cry from the abomination of Deaths Head 3.0
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Re: Death's Head is Back, Full-Size!

Postby triKlops » Thu May 02, 2013 9:12 pm

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Re: Death's Head is Back, Full-Size!

Postby Flashwave » Thu May 02, 2013 9:51 pm

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Whatever, he looks different because this is twent years later and Marvel has mostly improved in their art style compared to the olden days. Yes, i did just diss the watercolro paints of G1. Deal with it. No, I'm not a better artist, just a consumer who wasn't fond pf the flat art compared to today's stuff like IDW does or DW did.

That being said, I do prefer the more conical shape od his head. This new body gets the torso right, but the new head is awfully Ghost Rider-ish. They gave hima lower jaw, and. Tirned his vent mouth into a mouth with slotted fork over it. It is a cool design though, and its a lot mcore bounty hunterish than his old design, which seemed awfully firendly looking. Some thought might have been given to the feet, but they'll pass for a giant alien robot who doesn't turn into a truck monkey.


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He's really more a prop than a character, isn't he? Doesn't have family, friends or romantic relationships... what does he need money for, anyway? Kinda odd.


Well, i think you ruled out the three most expensive things known to man... ;)

for starters, that 55gallon drum of weaponsgrade nucleon he's holding ain't cheap. He may be sentient mechanical life, but this is still a materialistic universe. Ships break, ships need fuel, he needs fuel, place to recharge, the voltage to recharge, (check your monthly electrical bill, now imagine your a forty foot robot sho turns into a semi and plugs into the wall every night)
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Re: Death's Head is Back, Full-Size!

Postby #Sideways# » Thu May 02, 2013 10:46 pm

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Shall we wait a moment? Now that he's in the Iron Man comics, there could be a slight chance that he could actually get into the movies, yes? ... Which would be awesome, hm?

Unlikely, but awesome if it did happen, yes?
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Re: Death's Head is Back, Full-Size!

Postby robotmel » Fri May 03, 2013 1:57 am

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I loves me some Deaths Head, yes!

Simon Furman did us all a favour by creating this cheeky bounty hunter and I for one am glad DH is making a comeback in one form or another!

I prefer his 'original' Senior look but I did buy the DH2 comics which Liam Sharp pencilled. The massive changes Sharp made where probably due to excessive drinking, steroids and hanging out with Simon Bisley around that period! :lol:

We dont talk about DH3.... >:oP

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I was only thinking about Deaths Head just a few days ago, thinking why hasnt a 3rd Party company considered making an Action Master style DH figure, obviously in scale with other Transformers?
Heck, if Impossible Toys can bang out a Kranix figure then someone could come up with a faithful, articulated Deaths Head homage? Even Marvel!!
He would of course have to be Deluxe or Voyager scale! ;)
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Re: Death's Head is Back, Full-Size!

Postby Burn » Fri May 03, 2013 3:59 am

#Sideways# wrote:Shall we wait a moment? Now that he's in the Iron Man comics, there could be a slight chance that he could actually get into the movies, yes? ... Which would be awesome, hm?

Unlikely, but awesome if it did happen, yes?


Yeah I doubt it. I thought the post-credits IM3 scene would be a link to Guardians given that they have their own movie combined with their new comic and a new Nova series and Tony heading up to join them, but it didn't happen.

Deaths Head as part of the Guardians? At least in the comics we can only hope so!
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Re: Death's Head is Back, Full-Size!

Postby DeadCaL » Fri May 03, 2013 4:18 pm

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In the few cameos I've seen in other recent Marvel comics he looked alot more like his old self. Kinda disappointed they've gone with a very characterless look, unless it's for story purposes.
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Re: Death's Head is Back, Full-Size!

Postby vegetacron » Sun May 05, 2013 2:20 pm

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This is good news! I liked the comic and loved it when they gave him the makeover to that scary looking skullfaceddude with the liquid metal arm.
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Re: Death's Head is Back, Full-Size!

Postby craggy » Sun May 05, 2013 4:02 pm

generally speaking, if Geoff Senior has drawn a character, they'll probably look worse when someone else draws them.
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Re: Death's Head is Back, Full-Size!

Postby robotmel » Mon May 06, 2013 4:38 am

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craggy wrote:generally speaking, if Geoff Senior has drawn a character, they'll probably look worse when someone else draws them.

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Re: Death's Head is Back, Full-Size!

Postby craggy » Mon May 06, 2013 11:05 am

robotmel wrote:
craggy wrote:generally speaking, if Geoff Senior has drawn a character, they'll probably look worse when someone else draws them.

:APPLAUSE:
Totally agree with that, Geoff is a great artist and would meke a fitting replacement for Andy Wildman when he leaves ReGen1! :D

I'd love to see Senior back on art duties. Don't see it happening. Maybe IDW could persuade him to come back for a one-off? Maybe a ReGen Annual? Or a Spotlight done in a similar retro style to the "Golden Age" story in this year's MTMTE and RID Annuals?
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Re: Death's Head is Back, Full-Size, in Marvel Comics IRON MAN #9

Postby robotmel » Sat May 11, 2013 9:40 am

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Not only does Deaths Head crop up in Iron Man #9...

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..but he was also sighted in Avenging Spider-Man #17!!

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Re: Death's Head is Back, Full-Size, in Marvel Comics IRON MAN #9

Postby Mindmaster » Sat May 11, 2013 11:25 am

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...Why does Death's Head look like a hamster in the Spiderman comic? :HEADHURTS:
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Re: Death's Head is Back, Full-Size, in Marvel Comics IRON MAN #9

Postby Jaimetron » Wed May 22, 2013 8:29 am

Now all they need do is bring back Dragon's Claws!
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Re: Death's Head is Back, Full-Size, in Marvel Comics IRON MAN #9

Postby robotmel » Fri May 24, 2013 4:35 am

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