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by kaleon rahan
Adi Granov (left), pictured here with the writer, seeks inspiration for his covers from classical statues.
MENTION the name Adi Granov to comic fans and chances are they will strike the Iron Man “three-point pose” – that iconic striking-the-ground pose (featured in Iron Man Vol 3 #76), which was not only immortalised in polystone by Sideshow Collectibles but is also heavily featured in the Iron Man movies, cartoons and most action figures.
The 36-year-old Bosnian’s breakthrough into mainstream comics came in August 2004 when Joe Quesada (Marvel’s then editor-in-chief) announced his arrival as one of Marvel Comics’ “Young Guns” – a group of artists with the qualities that make “a future superstar penciller”.
Since then, he has stamped his mark as a highly-sought cover artist but his most notable works are Iron Man-related, ranging from a memorable stint with Warren Ellis (the Extremis storyline) to designing the armour for the movies. Here’s what he had to share on his maiden visit to this part of the world for the recent STGCC.
Considering the level of detail you put into your cover work, do you still have time to read comics?
I spend a lot of my time drawing comics and not reading them as regularly as I would like to. Used to have a standing order at the (comics specialty) shop but was not able to collect them regularly. I don’t have any favourite titles in particular but I do follow works done by certain artists like Leinil Francis Yu, Esad Ribic and Geof Darrow.
How did you create Iron Man’s “three-point pose”?
It was nothing special and the idea came via three sketches I made for an Iron Man cover (issue #76). I wanted to come up with a striking pose and did a few designs before choosing that sketch. (At this juncture, I challenged Adi to strike the three-point pose, which he politely declined.) Such a pose is not possible (for me and most action figures) as the spine is bent in an impossible angle.
What makes your covers unique?
I seek inspiration from classical statues. I like to produce iconic images with realistic art. I do not expect the covers to be made into statues, though. If they do, it is a bonus.
Did you enjoy watching Iron Man 3?
Yes and no. While I found the movie exciting, it had too much stuff (packed into it). I am fine with the Mandarin cop-out, maybe it’s because I have no emotional links to the original comic book version. Hence, I found the twist clever.
Who makes a better War Machine – Don Cheadle or Terrence Howard?
It is difficult to judge a replacement but I will choose Don because of his acting skills.
Having designed the Extremis armour, is that your favourite Iron Man armour?
Actually no. I like the Mark 3 version, as it gives me the feeling of everything coming together nicely.
What happened to the Iron Man Viva Las Vegas series? (Note: The four-parter ended abruptly with issue #2.)
The delay is due to Jon Favreau’s hectic schedule.
Despite the success of the Iron Man movies, the comic version isn’t enjoying the same level of success. What’s your take on this?
The younger generation are not reading comics. There’s also a disconnect between 2D and 3D animation, where today’s generation appreciates 3D art (used in computer games and animation) because of its hyper-realism, while comic books (usually) come in 2D.
How come you only do covers?
I don’t foresee myself doing interiors anytime soon, as it takes too much of my time. Also, I feel that the interior qualities should match the cover’s quality. Tight scheduling for monthly comics is why I am not keen on doing interiors. To maintain the quality level similar to what I do for covers, I would need three days to draw an interior page.
What upcoming projects can we look forward to?
Covers for some Marvel DVDs and animation projects. (While he loves “cosmic characters” like Nova and Galactus, there’s no chance of such a project because of his hectic schedule.)
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