Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Tony Stark, Man Ahead of His Time

Snell had a great post yesterday about E-Z Math ads from Marvel comics of the 1960s. Here we have technological wunderkind Tony Stark (as Iron man, natch) locked in battle with the Mandarin. Low on power (a near-constant, not to mention annoying, concern at the time), he needs to calculate the exact way to turn his body so the Mandarin's karate chop would hit him at the wrong angle. Got all that? Evidently, the Mandarin stopped for coffee between panels so Iron Man could use a friggin' slide rule to figure this out. For any readers born after 1975, this is what a slide rule looks like (click to enlarge):

A slide rule, Stan? Really?

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