Born Anthony Edward Stark, and usually called by his nickname, "Tony", he is an industrialist playboy and genius engineer who suffers a severe heart injury during a kidnapping in which his captors attempt to force him to build a massively destructive weapon. He instead creates a powered suit of armor to save his life and escape captivity. He later decides to use the suit to protect the world as Iron Man. Through his multinational corporation, Stark Industries, Tony created military weapons and his own metal suit is laden with technological devices that enable him to fight crime. Initially, Iron Man was a vehicle for Stan Lee to explore Cold War themes, particularly the role of American technology and business in the fight against communism. Subsequent re-imaginings of Iron Man have gradually removed the Cold War themes, replacing them with more contemporary concerns such as corporate crime and terrorism.
61 Tales of Suspense issues 39 - 99 (March 1963 - March 1968
19 Iron Man Annuals (August 1968 - 2001)
1 Giant-Size Iron Man (October 1975)
1 Iron Man and the Sub-Mariner 1-shot (April 196
1 The Iron Manual 1-shot (1993)
These are not new scans but are actually scans that were previously available as the Complete Marvel Iron Man Comics DVD. These were converted scans from the Marvel DVD which had been previously released. These scans were c2c, but also included a distracting, in my opinion, copyright stamp on the bottom of each page. What I have done is remove the copyright stamp on each image. In addition the conversion process from the double page pdf to the cbz had split apart pages that were designed to be viewed together, I have put those images back together. I have also repaired the covers so there are copyright stamp free. Finally I re-sized all images to 1280pixels in width for single pages and 2560 pixels in width for double pages.
There are 88 comics in this collection almost all of them are c2c. The exceptions are The Iron Manual, and Iron Man Annualís 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001. These annuals were part of the Complete Marvel CBZ Collection Iron Man edition but the artwork extends to the bottom of the page, and I donít have the artistic skills necessary to repair the damage done by the copyright stamp, so I used previously existing scans instead.
I have replaced a few covers were Marvel placed the copyright stamp in a location that wasn't conducive to removal. Tales of Suspense 51 had it's cover replaced due to excessive damage, as well as had two internal pages replaced which had been torn, taped, and then scanned.
I did quite a bit of work tagging all the advertisements in a ComicInfo.xml file in each comic. If you are using ComicRack you can filter out the ads, or remove them completely. I have included a guide to remove them in the torrent.
Other Comics in this set:
Iron Man Part 2:
I insist that the quality of an image cannot be improved just increasing the number of pixels and interpolating. Whichever it be, The interpolation algorithm will introduce new pixels in between that may or may not correspond to the real ones. Most probably will not. Maybe saving as jpeg with less compression will minimize the loss after editing, but will not improve the quality.
I understand you wanted to improve your reading experience. But these professional scans are already the best you can do with 1000 px images. Any further alteration will produce degradation of image and no improvement. Of course you can edit, change contrast and apply additional sharp mask filters but no improvement. These commercial scans were made by professional for the best reading experience. Amateur editions will not improve the collection.
Yes with the c2cO scans you have to see the stamp at the bottom of the page. But I can live with that. For me the stamp if the proof that I am reading are the originals. At the end, the people who download this torrent will not see the stamp, but will pay the prize of less quality, double or triple file sizes, and having to store 10 GB instead of the 5 GB or so of the original collection.
I don't think that putting this torrent online was a waste of time and bandwidth.
To address your points:
1. There are people like me, who are very bothered by the presence of the copyright stamp and judging by the number of downloads, really appreciate having them gone. I didnít just crop the images, I actually painted out the copyright symbol on each image, and because I did it that way it allowed me to spot instances in which the interior art was covered by the copyright stamp, which I repaired. This art included characterís heads, foots, and in some instances panels that were covered by the copyright stamp. This was especially prevalent in Tales of Suspense. I NEVER erased any art but instead repaired it to be what it should have been. This also includes the covers as well; I didnít crop any of them. The mutilation that occurred was the copyright stamp being placed on the image, which I removed.
2. Personally speaking I believe that double pages should go together. I found that in instances when the double pages arenít put together it is very disruptive to the reading experience since the art and the story is designed to flow across two pages. Having to go in and switch form single to double page view is an annoyance for me, and it was far better to join the pages which lets me just read without having to worry about what mode I am in.
3. There actually does exist a technology to resize images up. I didnít use any of Photoshopís re-sizers but instead a specialized plug-in called Genuine Fractals, though there are others such as Alien Blow up. I resized the images because 1280 px which is far more readable to me than 1000 px. The plug in I used allowed me to resize and have the images look identical, except my copy fills out my screen. I honestly donít see any lost of quality, the images are identical to the original except larger and in a few instances straighter. I only adjusted contrast (levels) to the extent that it improved the quality. But as you say people can have a look for themselves.
About Tales of Suspense 51: I personally don't consider the torn and re-taped pages to be acceptable, which is why I replaced them.
5. About the file sizes: Jpeg is a lossy format, each time you resave a jpeg, you are adding additional compression, which can degrade the image. I resaved each image at a higher quality level in order to minimize that effect, which also gives you a larger file size but also preserves the quality.
6. I never lied about the comics which werenít cover to cover, and specifically call them out in my description. The covers I replaced are like this one which is from Tales of Suspense #47
Kudos for your effort. But you have not mentioned that I posted, and converted the original collections in cbz. And I think to put this torrent online is just a waste of time and bandwidth. The reasons:
**To edit hundreds of comics just to eliminate a small stamp at the bottom saying "copyright Marvel".
I could have done it myself, but in many cases it would erase part of the art, MUTILATING the comic. So I decided to leave it, what also acelerated the
**To join the double pages is not needed because in CDisplay you can always go to two-page mode (Ctrl-T)
to see both pages together.
Is better to have the individual pages to fit the screen in order to read the text without difficulty.
**Resizing all the images to 1280 px is not going to improve the resolution, because these scans were 1000 px wide. You can increase the number of pixels by interpolating, but it is just a waste of time and of bandwidth since it doubles or triplicates the size of the files without any improvement in the resolution.
** Increasing the size of all this collections will make it harder to download and will split the seeders into two sets.
** It is incomplete, since it mixes c2cO with c2c.
If you want the original c2cO scans as they were posted in the Marvel Collections in cbz, download the following torrents: