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Age Of Ultron comic book artist Bryan Hitch talks metal menace
Why does Ultron’s original design endure as a comic book classic?
I think the simple answer is John Buscema was brilliant. I know he didn’t like drawing superheroes but he was so very good at it. It’s also one of those classic designs, like most of Marvel’s ’ 60s output, that allows anybody to draw it either as a literal copy or an interpretation and it still be recognisable. The open mouth burning with atomic fire? What kid wouldn’t love that? What did you want to bring to the design in Age Of Ultron?
Simplicity for the sake of repetition. I know I’m known for my detail but in Age Of Ultron I knew the environment of the destroyed world was going to be quite detailed – and I do like my backgrounds – so in drawing large numbers of Ultron drones, they needed to be easy to repeat without killing me or my inker. Do you like what you’ve seen of the big- screen version? Joss has been talking about this since we had dinner after the first film came out – and over many nights out while he wrote it. Seeing all that come to life is a joy. What I saw on set were motion- capture suits so the first time I saw the Ultron stuff finished was in the trailer. Looked like Ultron to me! I liked that Spader’s Ultron Prime has a more expressive face; you need to see his emotion, not just hear it. Remember the conversation with Goblin and Spidey in the first Spider- Man film? Can’t have that. It’s James Spader and you don’t want to waste that!