Here is a significant piece of original art by popular Iron Man artists John Romita, Jr. and Bob Layton! This artwork was used as the corner box for MANY Iron Man covers during a very popular era for the character (years 1979-1983, issue run: 124-174)!
John Romita Jr. began his extraordinary career as a comic book artist with Amazing Spider-Man Annual #11 in 1977 and he’s been going strong ever since. He first became popular with his run on Iron Man in the late 70s working with Bob Layton as his finisher. In the early 1980s, he had his first regular run on the Amazing Spider-Man. From 1983 to 1986 Romita was the main artist on Uncanny X-Men. For the next 30 years he would go on to produce many of the greatest moments in Marvel history including the second “Armor Wars” story arc, the Daredevil: The Man Without Fear mini-series with writer Frank Miller and the J. Michael Straczynski Amazing Spider-Man vol. 2 run.
Bob Layton has spent the last 40 years making important contributions to the comic book industry. He began as an apprentice to Wally Wood and then made a name for himself at DC in the 70s as an inker on All-Star Comics. Starting in 1978, he partnered with Michelinie on Iron Man. Their first historic run went from issues #116-154 so this cover is from their first run on the title. They reunited for a second great run from #215 to #250. Layton also co-created the Valiant Universe in the early 90s.
Iron Man has been one of the biggest stars of the Marvel Universe since his 1963 premiere in Tales of Suspense #39. He was a founding member of the Avengers and has maintained his own feature for 55 years straight. Iron Man is the biggest star of the mega-successful Marvel Cinematic Universe thanks to the wonderful performance of Robert Downey Jr., who is appearing for the eighth time on screen in Avengers: Infinity War