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Larger Than Life Iron Man to be on Display at Tulsa City Hall

This article was archived on 10/26/2018

Marvel fans will get a chance for a sneak peek of The Hulkbuster in Downtown Tulsa, weeks before the larger than life comic creation makes its appearance at the Tulsa Pop Culture Expo later this fall.

On Tuesday, October, 23 the iconic Iron Man upgrade, standing at 12 feet high and nearly 400 pounds, will stand in front of City Hall from approximately 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.. Fans will be able to take photos with the Hulkbuster and other comic heroes, learn about the November expo, and have a chance to win free giveaways.

The desire to create this iconic piece of comic fandom came with the goal to bring to life a character to inspire, instill hope, and encourage ambition in our children while promoting reading. Literacy is one the most important components to our children’s future and the inspiration The Hulkbuster brings is that no challenge is too big to tackle.  

"We could not do something this huge without support in our community," said Ron Veit, president of Tulsa Pop Kids. "Each year we do a giant project, and this one was monstrous. The more we get the community engaged, the more excited they become."
 
The Tulsa Pop Culture Expo is Nov. 2-4, 2018 at the Renaissance Hotel in Tulsa.  Be the first to see this amazing coming together of a community to support children’s literacy in the Tulsa area
 
The creation of the Hulkbuster is a nod to Archie Goodwin, the original writer of Ironman. Despite being born in Kansas City, Missouri, Goodwin considered Tulsa, Oklahoma—where he spent his teen years at Will Rogers High School, graduating in 1955, and in used magazine stores searching for EC Comics—as his true hometown.

For more information on the Tulsa Pop Culture Expo, visit https://www.tulsapopcultureexpo.com/

Tulsa Pop Kids Inc. was created to provide support within the community to promote literacy programs for children through pop culture and entertainment. Tulsa Pop Kids Inc. uses a variety of resources to further our mission from donations of comic books to volunteers who dress up in cosplay to visit children in hospitals and elementary schools as well as local events that partner with other organizations in the community.

The Hulkbuster by the numbers:

2 - Trucks needed for transport
4 - Number of people needed to assemble
12 - Height (in feet)
17 - Foam pieces needed to structure
25 - Feet of steel tubing
50 - Number of volunteers to create
300+ - Pounds
1,000- Hours volunteered on creation