IRON MAN v1 #1-100 (1968-1977)
Still trapped on the magnetic table, IM manages a full charge and escapes the table, only to have to beat the rising water to the gambling ship above. Upon reaching the ship, A.I.M. uses a vortex suction beam, and takes IM to their ship. This is where IM #1 starts.
Notas: La aventuras continúan de Tales of Suspense v1 #99.
IM is taken to Mordius’ island and placed into an X-ray photo chamber. This machine analyzes his armor, then sends its specifications to a vario-mold matrix. This instantly makes three copies of IM’s armor! IM breaks free revealing he was only faking. The three copy suits do not respond to control. He defeats all three and destroys the fortress. In the back of the book is a three-page featurette telling the origin of IM. Great fight scenes with four Iron Men all together, with no way for Mordius to tell which one is which. VOL 1, A.I.M.
IM must battle insane corporate rival Drexel Cord’s deadly robot called The Demolisher, an automaton created soley to destroy him! Cord comes to his senses at the cost of his own life when he sees his creation about to kill his beautiful daughter Janice. Iron Man destroys the robot in a fantastic action sequence with the help of Cord’s distraction. Beautiful Craig art and a tense Goodwin script make this a winner. Tidbits: First appearance of Janice Cord and first mention of IM’s refractory coating. Drexel Cord First Janice Cord
Tony Stark pushes the Iron Man armor too far, and he has to seclude himself and wear it with a constant charge from a nearby generator. Near death, he is aided by Happy Hogan, who under Tony’s direction builds a new kind of armor. But Happy is exposed to cobalt rays and turns once again into the rampaging Freak! Tony eventually traps his berserk friend and knocks him out with sleep gas. I always thought the Freak was an incredibly contrived idea and it got worse with every new exposure. Tidbits: Intro of «integrated circuits,» replacing the old armor’s transistors. Also, intro of the thermocouple, allowing IM to regain energy through intense heat or cold the Freak “Happy” Hogan becomes the Freak again
Tony succeeds in returning Happy Hogan to normal after a «Freak-ish» experience! Meanwhile, «deep behind the Iron Curtain» the Unicorn is being subjected to the «Hyper-Activator!» And hoo-boy — y’just know that means trouble for ‘ol Shellhead!! Craig’s art is surprisingly good — I dig his take on IM’s glove and boot cuffs. Unicorn
Tony is transported into the 24th century to stand trial for inventing and building a super-computer named Cerebrus. Cerebrus has taken control of the world and is trying to annihilate the human race. Tony is without his armor. He escapes with the help of a beautiful woman historian; she takes him to a museum where a suit of armor is on display. Tony puts it on and fights Cerebrus. After a brief fight Tony reveals himself to Cerebrus, who realizes he can’t destroy Tony without destroying himself. During this period of indecision the historian throws a blast pellet into the computer’s banks, destroying Cerebrus. She then sends Tony back to the exact instant that he left. This issue is one of my all time favorites. Cerebrus
The death of the Crusher! The return of the centrifugal-force ray! Big M! And waiting in the wings…The Maggia! Tuska’s fight scenes are as captivating as ever, and there is some nice interplay between Tony, Whitney Frost and Jasper Sitwell. Crusher
Working for Whitney Frost and her Maggia goons (love those Tuska goon faces!), the Gladiator kidnaps Tony Stark and friends. Can Tony fake a heart attack and get into his iron togs to save the day? Well, he gets into the armor, but with his repulsors on the fritz, we’ve got to settle for a cliffhanger! Maggia,Gladiator
Whitney Frost (Big M here, and later Madame Masque)’s sad origin is revealed this ish, as the Maggia invades Stark Industries’ secret weapons vault! It’s SHIELD vs. Maggia, and Shellhead vs. the Gladiator in this slam-bang action wrap-up. With a sprinkling of blossoming love, courtesy of Jasper and Ms. Frost, and Tony and Janice Cord, this one’s a tasty treat! Maggia,Gladiator
When the Hulk kidnaps Janice Cord, Iron Man must battle ol’ Greenskin! Oops — Purplepants fell into a generator, and …hey, hold the phone! It’s just a crummy Hulk robot! But wait ‘till you see who’s behind this overwrought ruse! And, more importantly, what the ruse has revealed to him! robot Hulk
Ol Mandy is up to another nasty scheme! This time, he tries to frame Tony as a traitor who sells the U.S. out to Chinese and Russian bad-guys! See: Iron Man flee Nick Fury and Jasper Sitwell! See: Mandarin figuring out IM’s real identity some 300 issues before «Hands of the Mandarin!» See: a totally cheesy Chinese badguy by Tuska on page 2!! Mandarin
Iron Man is at the mercy of the Mandarin — but who’s that blond guy underneath Shellhead’s helmet?? Watch as Tony Stark foils the ringed one yet again with his LMD and iron savvy, not to mention clearing his name in the eyes of the public!, Mandarin First Tony Stark LMD
After mopping up last month’s LMD near-disaster, Tony, along with Janice Cord, heads to New England to track down Janice’s lawyer, Vincent Sandhurst. There they meet the mysterious and powerful Controller! Old Crag-face’s offbeat origin, creepy powers and the issue’s cool cliffhanger make his first appearance a real doozy! Controller First Controller
The ultra-clever conclusion to the Controller tale has Iron Man not only using his fists, but his storied brain-power to derail the Controller’s plan to take his act on the road — the railroad — and absorb the mental energies of everyone in New York City! Even the cab-drivers!
Tony Stark investigates an explosion at one of his Caribbean plants, and gets drawn into a variation of one of those Gothic horror stories that Goodwin liked to tell. Unfortunately, this fill-in issue comes off like an episode of «Scooby-Doo.» Craig’s stiff drawing doesn’t help either.
The Unicorn wants revenge on Iron Man, and the Red Ghost is here to help — or so he says (the dirty double-crossing Commie!) Of course, Uni has to help the Ghost steal Tony Stark’s new cosmic ray framistat first! All this and some big apes too!
The unlikely team of Unicorn and Iron Man track down that newly repowered Pinko fink, the Red Ghost. They also get some tide-turning help from a couple of unlikely sources, in a neat plot twist. Particularly nice expressions, lighting and action scenes by Tuska.
This is one jam-packed issue! First appearance of Madame Masque! First appearance of Midas! Guest appearances by assorted Avengers! The return of Morgan Stark! But the coolest part is how rapidly and frighteningly Tony Stark loses his identity at the hands of a crafty Life Model Decoy! Nice rain-soaked chase sequence art. What a set-up for next issue! Tony Stark LMD First Madame Masque; First Midas
More stuff than you can shake a transistor at: the Stark L.M.D. continues to make life difficult for the real Tony, who’s forced to break into Stark Industries with new love interest Madame Masque at the command of Midas. Plus — the original gold armor! Plus — this one leads to Tony’s heart transplant (finally) in Avengers #69!
Another winner as recovering heart patient Tony Stark is whisked away by Madame Masque for a final confrontation with Midas, the man with a hearty taste for gold and big, meaty drumsticks!
Extradimensional creep Lucifer preys on the envy of a disgruntled Stark employee to attempt a comeback. Looks like it’s up to Iron Man, with a little assist from the power of love, to stop him before he gets a toe-hold in our
Tony finally decides to hand off the mantle of Iron Man. His choice: Eddie March, a prize-fighter with a heart of iron…and a secret to go with it. That secret leaves the new Iron Man on the ropes on his very first mission against the new Crimson Dynamo
New Iron Man Eddie March has thrown in the towel! Titanium Man is on the trail of the Crimson Dynamo! Tony realizes only he can truly be Iron Man. When three suits of ideologically opposed armor clash, someone’s going to die!
Vacationing in the wake of Janice Cord’s death, Tony is targeted by…the Mercenary! Twists and turns abound in this offbeat tale with a goofy-looking villain who is nonetheless quite an adversary. Too bad he’s killed by an unexpected guest star!
The mysteriously magnetic Madame Masque returns in this tale of ancient alchemy and a tragic monster. Can Jasper Sitwell and Iron Man save the object of their affection from a mad scientist and his quest for better living through twisted science?
When Stark’s Meridian Island Project (headed by a well-meaning but misguided manager) wreaks havoc with the local atmosphere, it’s up to Iron Man and special foe-turned-friend Namor the Sub-Mariner to end the vile pollution. Lots of bad
For some unknown reason the Collector wants the Freak (Happy Hogan). In exchange for Happy and Pepper’s freedom, Iron Man must steal the solar sword from the Dark Dimension. Though it’s nice to see Don Heck (with good Craig inks) back on Iron Man, this one disappoints.
Another «relevancy» story that actually works pretty well. As Iron Man launches a new inner city community center, Firebrand (in his debut appearance) shows up to tell the Man to take his charity and shove it. Fireworks ensue. And guess where Firebrand learned how to build his pyrotechnic costume…!
This rematch with the Controller finds Tony Stark forced to help is foe by creating a mind-control helmet. Sitwell is on hand to help out Shellhead take prune-face down. Notable as first appearance of old flame Meredith McCall, Howard Stark and Tony’s unnamed mom (look REALLY carefully or you’ll miss her!).
Iron Man stumbles upon some refugees from an unnamed Caribbean island who are ruled by an evil supercomputer and its belligerent robot companion. Does he do as the title implores? You bet your bootjets! However, Stone’s heavy inks don’t do much for Heck’s pencils
Iron Man is in Japan where he battles Zoga the Unthinkable, a 150-foot orange mythical dragon, that turns out to be made of cheap Chinese steel! Could a Japanese ultra-nationalist be behind it all? The first of Allyn Brodsky’s run of marginally coherent stories. That the cover art has nothing at all to do with the story doesn’t help.
When Stark visits his factory on the Pacific island of Lakani, he and Iron Man have to deal with a bunch of phony rabble rousers called the Smashers! Pseudo-enviro story with LAME villains, little Iron Man action and transparent plot twist. Significant only for first appearance of Kevin «Guardsman» O’Brien (yes, with an «a»).
In perhaps one of the least coherent, poorly plotted Iron Man issues ever, the tender alien Mechanoid learns a lesson about Earth prejudice, hostility, and of course, love with a perfect stranger. And all he wanted to do was open trade relations with us.
A lot of Stark soul-searching is interrupted by….Spymaster and his Espionage Elite (their first appearance, no less)!! Featuring Kev O’Brien! Nick Fury! Dapper Jasper Sitwell! Aside of TOS #39, I am no big fan of Heck, but Gaudioso helps him quite a bit here. Hey — what’s up with those half-page ads on pages 12-13?? Yeesh!
Concluding the story begun last issue, Sitwell, O’Brien and Shellhead prove too much for the Spymaster and his Espionage Elite. Brodsky’s choppy, frayed-at-the-edges and unsatisfying storytelling style will have you wandering what the heck he was smoking. Maybe that’s why it’s his last issue.
Sitwell is in dire straits thanks to Spymaster — and IM wants, well, look at the title!! Spymaster is reamed out by his bosses, the Zodiac, who now want him to nab Daredevil! Featuring Nick Fury, Kevin O’Brien, Madame Masque and…the Zodiac Key! Whoa! Hurried art by Heck and Esposito.
After wrapping up the Zodiac story from Daredevil 73, Tony Stark decides to live a little. He heads out on the town with flame Marianne Rodgers (her first appearance!) only to find himself at ground zero of an alien invasion in the form of the charmingly philosophical robot harbinger of doom, Ramrod!
Will a bum artificial ticker prevent Tony Stark from stopping an alien terraforming project on dear old planet Earth? Be there as Iron Man confronts the Foreman and his robot deconstruction squad. Slam-bang ’70’s comic action!
When bleeding heart Tony hires a former convict gone good, he (unfortunately) gets embroiled in a story of street crime and petty mobsters. Iron Man really comes off badly against these punks.
The villainous White Dragon hatches a plot to make a pawn of Tony Stark in what is probably the most hastily drawn issue of Iron Man ever printed. A not-too-bad story and decent layouts irrevocably marred by terrible inking and what was ultimately a forgettable villain.
In the conclusion to the White Dragon story, we learn who’s zooming who, as Tony Stark finally snaps out of it and brings the fight to Whitey. It’s dirty double crossers and nuclear bombs galore!
Punk villains Slasher and Demetrius are targeting Tony Stark, who is testifying before Congress in defense of the quality of his missiles. The sinister Mr. Kline is behind these two goofy bad guys, but hey, who’s that shadowed figure pulling Kline’s strings? You sure won’t find out this issue!
If it’s one thing I detest, it’s mystical storylines in a title made for hard science-fiction!! Mr. Kline continues his influence, this time in the U.S. Capitol! Meanwhile, the lame Mikas, or «Soulfather,» harasses Marianne Rodgers. IM fights some demons, Mikas and yada yada yada! Yuck!
They had to add a special Giant-Man tale to this ish to make it barely bearable! Iron Man fights and fights more against the nutty Mikas, while Marianne struggles to get control of herself. The secretive Mr. Kline is revealed at last and the Guardsman makes an appearance
More machinations with Mr. Kline, as he sends a robotic Night Phantom (Huh? How did he know about the Night Phantom?) after invalid Tony Stark and his girlfriend Marianne. Gets an extra repulsor for having a gratuitous Captain America appearance, and some subplot complications involving Guardsman
Iron Man dispatches of the Night Phantom and Marianne reveals she knows that Tony is Shellhead! Meanwhile, Simon Gilbert plots to take over S.I.! And guess who’s gonna help him — the Guardsman!! Kev O’Brian also blasts some student radicals, and IM has to stop him!
Smarmy Simon Gilbert continues his plot to wrest control of Stark Industries from Tony Stark. When Iron Man battles the unbalanced Kevin O’Brian in his Guardsman armor during a student protest, someone’s going to die! Hint: the luck of the Irish runs out this issue!
Following Kevin O’Brian’s demise, Tony Stark reminisces about the origin of Iron Man. He struggles with the question posed in the title, and comes out of his «funk» in a positive way!
Stark takes on Simon Gilbert over the future of Stark International! But Gilbert plays a hand — a hand that includes…Firebrand!! Featuring: the origin of Firebrand!! Great Tuska action sequences (his definite strength) which culminate in the death of Simon Gilbert!
Tony Stark takes firm control of S.I. once again — but Marianne Rodgers senses something amiss at…Avengers Mansion! IM flies over to check it out and discovers…the Adaptoid!! All-out awesome Tuska action scenes!! IM struggles for a power charge at the climax of the donneybrook — will he get it? And what strange sensation overcomes the Adaptoid?
Princess Python and her armor-crushing snake tackle Iron Man, while two pointy-earred denizens of another dimension use their elfin magic to transform the Super-Adaptoid into the hideously goofy Cyborg-Sinister! Mix in Marianne Rodger’s psychic premonitions involving a vat of acid, and you have one wacky issue!
After witnessing one of his rockets blow up in his face, then thwarting petty thugs in a robbery attempt, Iron Man then has to deal with the artificial humanoid sent by leaders of a devastated micro-world! Witness: Marianne Rodgers call Tony Stark a «pig!» Witness: dated but cool Friedrich dialogue as IM stomps his cyborg foe!
Fresh from a breakup with tender and flaky girlfriend Marianne Rodgers, Tony Stark heads to Los Angeles for some serious playboy reputation restoration. The fun doesn’t last long when Raga, Son of Fire!, his lava powers and his granola gang show up. Friedrich’s jump-cut storytelling style jars the senses.
That dastardly bad-guy Raga, Son of Fire (ohh, I’m sooo scared!) has his origin revealed. Yeah, I was really losing sleep wondering about it! The Black Lama tells a lot of said origin, while IM flies in to do battle with both of ‘em!
Moondragon prototype(?) Madame MacEvil (sheesh!) pits Iron Man against guest star Namor for heaven knows what purpose. Sadly, IM seems to fight better when controlled by the Madame! Don’t stub your toes on all the dropped subplots in this ish. (I counted four.) Still, dumb fun with a sexy bald chick and her sensitive computer.
An issue so important it had a Marvel Milestone Edition reprint made of it! The first-ever appearance of Thanos! Iron Man battles those hemoglobin-loving siblings, the Blood Brothers, while Drax the Destroyer «guides» the Golden Avenger
Way-out off-beat tale just doesn’t feel like an Iron Man story (maybe it’s a dream, as suggested by a letter-writer a couple of issues hence). Even Starlin art can’t help. Weirdo «Rasputin» awakens a statue that seems pretty easy to defeat considering it is supposed to be the embodiment of all evil. Hear Iron Man say: «And when I’m mad, it’s all over but the body count.» Yeah, baby!
Gene Kahn attempts to unionize Stark employees while simultaneously smearing Tony Stark’s reputation. Wait — who is Gene Kahn? One look at page 3, panel 4’s ringed hand kinda gives it away!! And what is up with Mandarin hiring totally useless thugs (with names like «Mack» and «Guff»)??
Rematch with the Mandarin and Unicorn.Not very coherent: how was the Gene Kahn schtick supposed to help Mandy conquer the world? Just how did Mandy’s mind transfer in Uni’s body at the end?
Firebrand’s back, but Iron Man makes pretty short work of him and his lame attempt at revenge. Not bad, but dated by some violent vs. non-violent protest discussions between Firebrand and his sister Roxie. Oh, and Marianne Rodgers is having halluncinations again! Watch out, Shellhead!
The Masked Marauder and a couple of minions hijack a Stark space shuttle! Tony Stark tries to deal with Roxie Gilbert’sandPepper Hogan’s problems! As IM eventually confronts the MM, he ends up being carried away by his foe! Neat Foreshadow Dept.: A space shuttle designed by Stark eight years before NASA’s real one actually flew!
Why does it take Iron Man so long to take out two losers like the Masked Marauder and his buddy Steele, and stop their improvised plan to extort a billion bucks for not nuking Motown? Some wanky coloring this issue too.
Just what the title says! ‘Ol Whip gets inside Stark Industries, as the squeeze of S.I. employee Vicki Snow — and check out his repulsor-proof «micro-shields!» Russell’s art is stiffer than a brick, but it’s cool to see Tony thwart Whip with brain-power rather than brawn!
Again — just what the title says! It’s IM vs. DocSpectrum, while in the meantime Tony Stark makes a play for Roxie Gilbert! Eddie March assists the arrogant Dr. Obatu! And — Tony and Pepper embrace in a kiss! Yikes!
Tony Stark gets smacked around by Happy Hogan for messing with Pepper, but the real villain this issue is the mysterious Dr. Spectrum, who fools Iron Man with his clever energy constructs. Rokk and roll time! A better than average set-up tale for this creative team
Continuing Iron Man’s battle with Doctor Spectrum, we learn the Doc’s identity and origin, including the secret of the Doc’s Power Prism. And it spells bad news for Shellhead! Hey, here comes Thor to hammer some sense into — Iron Man?!? (Or is it?) Also, this ish: Happy drops a bomb on Pepper — Tony Stark is Iron Man!
A power prism-controlled Iron Man takes on the God of Thunder, Thor — but who is under the helmet? Later, it’s Doc Spectrum vs. Thor…and the real Iron Man? The title’s pretty accurate, and ‘ol Tuska is at home here! Friedrich’s writing gets you psyched about IM, even if it is strictly 70s! And what the heck — Eddie March was given a «memento Iron Man outfit??» Is Stark nuts?
Tony Stark apparently hasn’t learned yet….and this time Eddie March mutates into the mindless behemoth! Standard action fare featuring Tony in a lame purple dress suit, and IM putting his fist right in front of Doc Spectrum’s exposed face, threatening to use it if he ever sees him again!
Iron Man’s armor grows a beak for the first time this issue, as he finds himself in Vietnam looking for Marty March, protecting Roxie Gilbert from tigers and battling the Japanese mutant Sunfire! Mandarin pops in to thicken the plot. All this and young Jerry Ordway gets a letter printed and wins a No-Prize! Despite I.M.’s new schnoz, I (xkot) give it….
Action-packed yarn with Shellhead going toe-to-toe with the Mandarin! Yet another reference to Mandy’s rings, with the notable addition of an «Impact Beam.» Featuring: Sunfire! Yellow Claw! And Ultimo!! Tuska thrives in an action-saturated environment, and he shows it here!
Iron Mansoars helplessly into outer space while Ultimo goes on the rampage! Can Sunfire alone stop him?? Mandarin battles the Yellow Claw — to the death (I mean it)!! The «Battle of the Super-Villains» is well underway!
All-out slam-bang action as IM takes on Yellow Claw in the Mandarin’s newly occupied castle! Some of Tuska’s best action sequences can be found here, as well as classic Friedrich lines: Yellow Claw states, «The second of my foes has fallen!» But then IM shows up at the door and responds: » ‘Fraid not, friend!»
While in San Diego, Tony Stark attends a comic convention. But amongst the costumed fans are the very real Melter, Whiplash and Man-Bull! They’ve accepted the mysterious Black Lama’s challenge to battle Iron Man for points in his super-villain contest! Lots of comicbook and convention in-jokes, as well as guest appearances by Bullpenners Roy Thomas, Mike Friedrich, Tom Orzechowski and others.
Iron Man v1 #73
Turnabout: A most foul play
Fecha: 1975.03| Créditos: Tom Orzechowski, Mike Friedrich (Guiones), Keith Pollard, Arvell Jones (Dibujos)| Edición española: BIBLIOTECA MARVEL: IRON MAN #17.
It’s back to Vietnam for Iron Man, where he hopes to rescue Roxie Gilbert and Marty March from Chief Kuon Set (didn’t he invent a hut?) of new Shangri-La. There, he meets active resistance in the form of a vengeful Crimson Dynamo! It’s one of those Vietnam-era-flavored stories that isn’t bad, but seems a bit flat to today’s reader
MODOK gets the skinny on the Black Lama, and accepts his challenge. First up: MODOK versus the Mad Thinker.The Thinker thinks he needs a weapon. He thinks he’s found it in a certain red and gold Avenger! Lots of good plot and action stuff crammed into this issue (including a thoughtful letter by Jo Duffy), though the art is below par. Nice installment in the on-going battle of the supervillains.
The «War of the Super-Villains» continues with MODOK vs. The Mad Thinker — with IM caught in the middle! Interesting touch with how MODOK has a huge, modified robotic body, but the art in this ish is absolutely pathetic! It’s so bad, it drags down the usually good Friedrich’s script to a lone ‘pulsor
Except for minor copy changes on the cover, and some editorial excuse-making inside, this is an exact reprint of «latter-day classic» Iron Man #9, wherein Iron Man battles a Hulk robot sent forth by the Mandarin. Though it ought to get demerits for being a reprint — and a reprint of a story that doesn’t wrap up in a single issue(!) — I’ll (xkot) still give it….
The dizzying battle of the super-villains continues this issue! It’s Iron Man versus Mad Thinker versus Yellow Claw versus Iron Man, while the unbalanced Black Lama plays them all for dupes! Throw in Firebrand and Lama’s «Golden Globe» (not the TV popularity award) and we’re off on a magical mystery tour before this one’s over!
What is basically a filler issue turns out to be one of the finest Shellhead stories ever written! Tony Stark thinks back to a past Iron Man mission to embattled Vietnam…where tragedy struck! It turns out to be a pivotal moment in Tony’s life. Guaranteed to put a lump in your throat by issue’s end.
A dark and stormy night, a spooky old hotel, a mad scientist and her scientific unorthodoxy unto evil make for a surprisingly entertaining off-beat fill-in issue. Iron Man must free himself and two strangers from the mutagenic menace of Professor Kurarkill and her creation Quasar (not Wendell Vaughn). The Tuska and Colletta art team shines. You’ll either love it or hate it, but for sheer old fashioned fun, I (xkot) give it a generous….
Ugh. Mike — you had Iron Fans enthralled with the «War of the Super-Villains» when it all began, but this is what you call a climax?? A complete let-down and the art is atrocious (hmm, Chic Stone again? Is there a connection maybe?).
In Friedrich’s swan song, Iron Man finds himself in the middle of an attempted coup in the Black Lama’s (revealed last issue as «King Jerald of the Kingdom of Grand Rapids») dimension. While Shellhead fights dimensional-imbalance madness as he struggles to return himself and Firebrand to their home dimension, the readers fight a different mad-ness at what must be the most lengthy, colossally lame and disappointing shaggy dog story in Marvel’s history. This battle of the super-villains had incredible potential, and all we got was an alternate Nelson Rockefeller trying to oust Gerald Ford. This story and a «Whip Inflation Now!» button will get you….
At an Iron Man Foundation social function, Tony Stark gets slugged by Michael O’Brien, the vengeful brother of the deceased Guardsman! To add insult to injury, Tony is then promptly kidnapped by the Red Ghost’s super apes! And it looks like Iron Man just fell to his death! Huh? Oh, it’s just Happy Hogan. Whew.
Iron Man Happy Hogan has to fend off questions from Michael O’Brien while Tony Stark is forced to help the Red Ghost restore his body to a tangible state. Midling story. Trimpe’s pencils are frankly pretty lousy. Severin’s inks make Red Ghost look pretty good, but they fail her when rendering still-pointy-nosed Iron Man.
After Happy Hogan’s collapse from injuries sustained a couple of issue ago, Tony Stark realizes Hap’s only hope is to take the Enervator out of mothballs! And where the Enervator is activated, can the Freak be far behind? When will these people learn?! Hey, if you’ve seen one Freak show, you’ve seen them all.
Iron Man has to stop the Freak before he detonates…and takes most of New York City with him! Severin’s inks are excellent — they give IM’s armor a metallic look second only to Layton’s! Milestone Dept.: An in-depth look at Shellhead’s «instant armor-up» armor, which does away with ugly «nose.»
And old foe returns with a new name — and how! The ending makes it seem as if Shellhead has met his match! Side stories include Mike O’Brien still after Stark for his brother’s [Kevin] death and Pepper ticked off at Tony for Happy becoming the Freak.
Blizzard is revealed to be non-other than Gregor Shapanka (a.k.a. Jack Frost from Tales of Suspense #45). Somehow he was able to construct a micro-circuited body suit…while in prison! The melodrama is once again, over the top (even IM mentions his own melodramatic standard on page 30!). But there’re some touching scenes between IM and Pepper and Pepper and Happy. And of course, IM gets to kick some Frozen Butt in the climactic battle scene, amidst much heroic banter!
This story shows the hazard of switching writers as it opens with IM catching up with Happy and Pepper who are essentially running away from employment at Stark Industries (a complete about face from the revelation that Pepper had last issue). They explain to Stark that it’s too dangerous to be near him and Hap needs medical attention at a clinic out west. («out west» is in Chicago!) The art is up to Tuska standards and the background plots are given their do (Harry Key is introduced and connected with Michael O’Brien). And, there’s plenty of battle action between Shellhead and the Blood Brothers. NOTES: Some Great «CB» lingo is heard just prior to the BBs’ appearance; Abe Klein and Roxanne Gilbert also appear.
IM, who was on the verge of oblivion, is rescued by Daredevil and the two of them take on that nasty duo, the Blood Brothers! And oh oh — guess who was behind the deadly duo’s rampage? ‘Ol Mr. Sandhurst, the Controller!!
George Tuska is always great in the Iron Man action saddle and he doesn’t fail here as IM battles the Blood Brothers and the Controller! But although George is great w/the action, his sometimes too-cartoony average characters make it tough to take the story too seriously!
Iron Man continues his battle against the Controller! Layton’s IM inking debut! Yet again — the Blood Brothers!!
IM battles his old pal the Melter! But — it looks like a rehash of Tales of Suspense #90!!
Iron Man tackles Commander Kraken!! Why didn’t he make the IM’s Lamest Foes list? Yeesh! Herb Trimpe does not do IM well.
Continued from last ish, Kraken learns IM’s true identity!! Some pretty good action scenes add a half ‘pulsor to this issue
He’s back! Ultimo lays waste to Washington D.C.! Tuska shines here ‘cause there’s action a’plenty! «Feel dated» alert: Some old Cold War clichés pop up.
Action on top of action as IM goes head-to-head with Ultimo! Jasper Sitwell shows up! Don’t Be Fooled Dept.: The Mandarin did not create Ultimo!
IM returns from his battle with Ultimo to face the wrath of — Michael O’Brien!! He’s out for revenge for his bro’s death, and IM is taking the brunt of it! If only Tuska’s rendition of the Guardsman armor wasn’t so lame…!
Ultra-patriotic Sunfire will not tolerate that «foreign interventionist» Tony Stark’s business!! Stark dons the Guardsman armor to tell S.F. what-for!! (Why? ‘Cause his new suit of armor’s not ready, that’s why!)
IM finishes his battle with Sunfire, and makes the startling discovery that the Mandarin is ALIVE !!!!! He flies off to China to save Michael O’Brien, then jets off to battle Mandy setting up issue #100 !!
It’s IM vs. the Mandarin in all-out, slam-bang ACTION!! A must-have anniversary issue! If you’re not saying