I’ve never read a single Iron Man comic. I was a Mad Magazine fan when I was a kid, and rarely got into the comic books, although I loved the Incredible Hulk TV show and the first Superman. Apart from a few glimpses of the character in his primitive cartoon show, I never embraced the Iron dude. After seeing director Jon Favreau’s new movie on the man in the iron suit, I feeling that I’ve been missing out on something all of these years. This is a great superhero story. Robert Downey, Jr. is perfect as Tony Stark, heartless billionaire turned superhero after he learns a few lessons being held in captivity by terrorists. The special effects are great, the story is a kick, and the acting is first rate, including Jeff Bridges as the bad guy and Gwyneth Paltrow as the love interest. Not the best superhero movie ever made (I’m partial to Batman Begins) but pretty damn good.