After seeing an Iron Man matinee at the cinemas Saturday, my fiancee and I headed downtown. She planned to pop back into the housewares store that’s one of three commercial venues at which we’ve registered for the wedding, and I was headed to my local comic-book shop. It was Saturday, May 3rd, the seventh annual Free Comic Book Day. I’ve always felt a bit guilty about attending the event, to be honest. It’s designed to reach new customers (or at least I feel it should be), and I kind of feel like I’m in the way. On the other hand, I support the business every week, so why shouldn’t I avail myself of a handful of free comics?
As I noted in an earlier post, I enjoyed the new Iron Man movie, and I’m pleased to read a few reports online that it’s driven moviegoers to comics shops in search of comics featuring Shellhead. There were a couple of moments in the film that took me right out of it, such as the over-the-top notion of stripper/stewardesses on the protagonist’s private aircraft. But also frustrating but rather interesting is a key line uttered by the villain of the story, portrayed adeptly by Jeff Bridges.
In a climactic scene, Bridges’s Obadiah Stane berates Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark for having the gall to believe that just because Stark conceived of and created a particular invention that it belongs to him. The line, to the best of my recollection, is something to the effect of, “Just because you have an idea, Tony, it doesn’t mean it belongs to you.”