Okay, I'll admit it right up front. I love Adi Granov and I'm not ashamed to say it. Of course, I'm talking about a totally non-weird, completely understandable fanboy infatuation with his astounding art. In case you haven't been to a comic book store lately, Granov is considered one of the most innovative artists in comics and has had a huge impact on the look of Iron Man in recent years.
Born in Bosnia and currently living in England, Granov, 33, is known for his highly detailed and realistic portrayals of Marvel Comics superheroes. His art has been described as "style meets function" because his illustrations of superheroes retain the classic look of the costumes, but give them a modern, realistic quality.
Granov's ability to give characters a "real world" edge is especially true in his Iron Man work. One look at the images here and you can see why Granov became a fan favorite when he began working on the Iron Man book in 2005. His art was so influential and highly regarded, he was hired by Marvel Studios as a consultant on the Iron Man (2008) movie.
In a 2007 interview with Newsarama, Granov explained his involvement on the first Iron Man film:
It was for a variety of characters and suits as well as general visualization of the film and it’s many action scenes. Jon Favreau and the producers seem to really like the visual feel of the “Extremis” book and the designs and overall art direction in it and they asked me to help them translate that into the movie. It started out in limited capacity, but as things moved forward it became a full time job which culminated in actually art directing the building of 3D models at Stan Winston Studios.
Here's how Granov's official website describes his involvement with the Iron Man films:
His most notable works include the Iron Man: Extremis series, written by Warren Ellis, and his role as a conceptual designer and illustrator on the Iron Man films. He worked on the key characters including Iron Man, Iron Monger and War Machine, as well as creating keyframe illustrations for the action sequences.
In an April 2010 interview on the pop culture website IGN.com, Granov summed up why Iron Man was such an appealing character:
I think Iron Man and I have served each other pretty well over the years so I am always very happy to take part in his universe. I think the appeal for me is that, probably more so than any other major comic character, Iron Man/Tony Stark combine my interests in science fiction and machinery, with (the potential for) drama and realism.
As of this writing (May 25, 2010) there's no word from Marvel Studios on Granov's involvement with future films such as Avengers (2012). Given the success of the Iron Man franchise and Granov's contributions to it, it's hard to imagine him not having some role in other Marvel movie projects. Have you read about Granov's future film work or can provide links to articles in which he mentions other Marvel movies? If so, I'd love to hear about it.