That letter assumes that Arno Stark is the son of Tony Stark - does anyone know when it was established that he's actually the son of Tony's cousin Morgan?
I'd have to double check, but I think he referenced inheriting the armour from his cousin in an earlier issue, though not his exact parentage. Letter writer must have missed it.
There's no specific reference in the Machine Man story. I think the first attempt to define the relationship is Avengers West Coast #61 from 1990 when the two Iron Men meet courtesy of Immortus drawing foes from across time. It's complicated because the present day Iron Man is pretending to be a new person in the armour as part of Tony Stark's attempt to explain away Iron Man's behaviour in the Armour Wars and so he denies being Tony Stark (something that few believe). In this story Arno refers to "my illustrious ancestor" and "Great Uncle Anthony" and "uncle", which on the face of it are contradictory terms and suggest either the writers (relatively new - Roy and Dann Thomas suddenly took over from John Byrne mid story and made rapid changes) couldn't make their minds up or didn't use very precise definitions. It's not at all clear what sibling of Tony's could be the father or grandfather of Arno.
It was Simon Furman himself who wrote the Iron Man 2020 story in What If? #53 that establishes Arno as the son of Morgan Stark, Tony's ne'er-do-well cousin. Although by definition set in a variant timeline there's nothing to suggest this relationship is the product of the different twist to history so was presumably intended to be the mainstream relationship.
(There's an inaccurate claim online that the story presents Tony and Morgan as brothers but in fact the term "cousin" is used and Tony even mentions Morgan's father as clearly separate to his own.)
In recent years the relationship seems to have changed again, no doubt because we're now up to 2020.
Young people are often warned to consider what they put on the internet because it will be out there forever...apparently it has started back dating to find the things you thought had disappeared forever...I found this page when google searching under my own name, searching for photo's of myself to give to the MCM comic con newsletter chap. My letter was published in this issue...Soundwave sent me a free 'Bumblebee' with instructions to destroy forthwith..which over the next few months I did (his arms fell off). thanks for the injection of nostalgia. Matt Krouwel still of Birmingham...once upon a time aged 10.
That's fantastic, I always like to mention the writer's name and location whenever I talk about a specific letter as I thought it would give any Googlers a nice sense of nostalgia, glad to see it's worked.
I hope others enjoy finding themselves as much as I did...and all my facebook friends too,one of whom went and read the original letter from their collection :)
Herb Trimpe liked drawing realistic airplanes so presumably the Air Force attacking Jetfire was a treat for him.
Shockwave increasing the resolution on Rumble’s visual memories, to the point of adding detail that wasn’t stored in the first place, is ahead of its time, as that went on to become a frequent trope of lazy TV and movie writing: “Enhance!” says the leader and the technician magically turns a blurry photo into a clear one. I liked the use of “pixels” in the drawing, though, going from low-resolution to higher-resolution, so I’ll allow it. :-)
My kitten is eating napkins.
Just think, we’re only a few months away from the year of “Iron Man 2020.” The cartoon “COPS” is unofficially believed to be set in the 2020s as (1) the premise seems to be neo-gangsters, (2) the elderly father of one of the main characters was young in the 1990s, and (3) some of the fashions and architecture seem to be in that retro-future style that requires less imagination on the part of the artists and which went on to be firmly established a requirement in the world of “Batman” movies and animation.
I've taken a look around google images and can't find anyone cosplaying Ironman 2020 ... hopefully someone will do it nect year as he was definitely the coolest iron man suit
Stuart Webb. Who knows everything about nothing and not a lot about that.
Action Force/G.I. Joe