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Tales of Suspense #64, Apr. 1965

Tales of Suspense #64, Apr. 1965

Powerful script by: Stan Lee
Poignant art by: Don Heck
Punchy inking by: Chic Stone
Polite lettering by: Sam Rosen
Plenty of kibitzing by: The Bullpen Gang!

Stan Lee: Writer
Jack Kirby: Illustrator
Frank Ray: Delineator
S. Rosen: Letterer

Just like it says, this is the return of Hawkeye and the Black Widow, who are both still bad guys at this point. I think Hawkeye joins the Avengers pretty soon after this point, and it’s just kinda weird to see him as a villain for Iron Man. Not because I’m super attached to him being a hero, but because Iron Man is just honestly so far out of his league it’s ridiculous.

The Black Widow returns from Communistania with a new outfit, Spider-Man powers, and an edict from the glorious leader to get rid of Iron Man once and for all, or he’ll kill her parents. She meets up with Hawkeye, since she knows he’ll do anything she asks, and they go hero hunting. It’s somewhat successful, as one of Hawkeye’s new arrows melts part of ol’ Shellhead’s armor, and he’s forced to flee before the battle is really finished.

Back in WWII, Steve Rogers and his buddy Bucky Barnes go to see a show where two psychic guys predict catastrophes that come true. Of course, it turns out that “Sando” is actually a Nazi agent (who wears a monocle, the most evil of all accessories), so Cap springs into action to beat the crap out of everybody.

The funny part of this Cap adventure is that he doesn’t actually wait to find out that these guys are Nazis before he busts on stage and starts attacking the entertainers. I mean, basically there’s no proof that they’ve DONE anything. Of course they’re just making stuff up and it’s a fake act, but that doesn’t mean that they’re Nazis, Cap.


Tales of Suspense #60, Dec. 1964

Tales of Suspense #60, Dec. 1964

Written by the King of Comi-drama: Stan Lee
Illustrated by the Master of Panoramic Spectacle: Don Heck
Inked by the Prince of Line Design: Dick Ayers
Lettered by the Sultan of Shaky Borders: Sam Rosen

In all the world, none but Stan Lee, writer, and Jack Kirby, artist, could have brought you such a tale!
Inked by Chic Stone
Lettered by Art Simek

I actually like the whole overarching plot of Tony Stark not being able to take off his Iron Man armor or else he’ll die, so he has to pretend that Tony is off missing somewhere. I’m pretty sure he would eventually be the first Marvel hero who’s secret identity is revealed (but don’t quote me on that. For accurate quoting on that, you’ll probably want to check Wikipedia, which somehow manages to be nerdier than this blog. DAMN THEM), and this is just a good reason why it would be okay for him to do that. Seriously, of any super hero, Tony would be the one least effected by having his identity revealed.

Happy and Pepper are suspicious about their super-rich boss’ bodyguard who claims that he’s out of town and has left him in charge with the keys to the safe and everything, for SOME reason. Meanwhile, the Black Widow tells Hawkeye to break into one of Stark’s factories to steal some secrets or something and, because he’s in love (d’aww), he does just that. Well, if there were any secrets to steal, that is. Apparently all the plans for everything are inside Tony’s head (what a horribly inefficient way to run a business). Also, Iron Man appears in the middle of his heist and after a brief scuffle, Hawkeye shoots a line onto a passing plane and heads off to communist Russia on the same plane the Black Widow’s being taken on by some evil commie… guys. Except I guess he rides on the outside of the plane the whole time. The things people do for love…

Meanwhile, Captain America is doing some weird charity work that apparently involves him fighting off a troupe of trained acrobats in front of a live audience. Little does he know that the villainous idiot who glued a bag on his head Baron Zemo has replaced them all with KILLERS! HORRIBLE KILLERS! TERRIBLE KILLERS whom Cap still has no problem kicking the shit out of, despite the fact that they have guns and sleeping gas and one guy has a weird metal fist contraption thing. Rick Jones calls the cops but… well, what do you need a squad of policemen for if you have Captain America there, really?

I don’t have anything else to say about the Cap story (besides that it’s hilariously awesome), so instead I want to talk about this Iron Man panel. He flies off to some rocky shoal to brood alone (I’m assuming) and calls the Avengers to tell them he needs some alone time. Thor apparently answers the video phone with arms akimbo, haughtily granting permissions left and right. Not only is this hilarious, but it’s completely believable and in character for the God of Thunder to be this silly. And that is why it’s great to have a Golden Age-style character mixed in with the rest of these guys with personal problems and brooding sadness. Because of the way he answers the phone.

Tales of Suspense #57, Sept. 1964

Tales of Suspense #57, Sept. 1964

Written by: Smiling Stan Lee
Illustrated by: Sparkling Don Heck
Lettered by: Sterling S. Rosen

And here’s Hawkeye, a new kind of villain, who is barely a villain at all! Not in the way that Ant Man is barely a hero (because he’s useless), but in the way that he actually tries to be a good guy, but the circumstances just go against him. Poor widdle Hawkeye.

Tony Stark finally asks Pepper Potts out for a date, though his original plan was to ask her out for Happy Hogan. Because he feels guilty, they go to the carnival, and Pepper is rightly pissed. If I was going out on a date with a super-rich playboy millionaire, I’d be fucking angry if we went to the carnival. That’s the kind of date that a broke fucker like me wouldn’t even bring a girl to (I am afraid of clowns). Anyway, while there, they see Hawkeye, a guy who’s act is that he’s very accurate with his bow and arrow, and when Iron Man has to show up to save some people, the archer gets jealous.

He goes home, makes himself a suit and some weird gadget arrows, then goes out to fight some crime, to be BETTER than Iron Man! He stops a jewel heist, but the cops get there and think that he was helping the guy, so he gets away in a nearby car, which just happens to have Natasha… whatever her name is, the Black Widow. He immediately falls in love, and she convinces him to fight Iron Man for her. They have a fight and Black Widow accidentally gets hurt, which makes Hawkeye forget about the fight completely so he can get his love the medical attention she needs.

Obviously Hawkeye isn’t really a bad guy, and he’ll eventually be an iconic member of the Avengers, where he’s mostly known for being a huge tool, but he’s still way more likable than Hank Pym. The first time I read through these comics, I hated Hawkeye for a long time, but he did eventually win me over, once he calmed down a bit. Still, it’s hard to like a guy who hates Captain America as much as he does. CAP IS YOUR GOD, FUCKER!

Tales of Suspense #53, May 1964

Tales of Suspense #53, May 1964

Story plot by: Stan Lee
Script by: N. Korok
Art by: Don Heck
Lettering by: S. Rosen

I like Iron Man and all but damn, sometimes he’s a stupid motherfucker. I mean, it was only last issue that he fought the Black Widow and her friend Boris in the Crimson Dynamo suit, and he immediately falls for her tricks again. I had a dog once that might fall for that, but I can’t think of anyone else who’s that stupid.

Also, at the beginning of the issue, Tony Stark manages to invent some sort of anti-gravity beam, but he doesn’t know how it works or how he did it, and he drops it so he can’t figure it out, either. Seriously? What the fuck kind of scientist are you? After word of this antigrav device gets out, the Black Widow crawls back out of her hole and steals it from Stark, incredibly easily.

She goes around on a sabotage tour of Tony’s manufacturing plants until Iron Man finally catches up with her. She basically lifts a bunch of stuff at him, including a whole mountain, until he disrupts the beam (forever, by the way) with a beam of his own, saving the day and the lives of the rest of the commie infiltrators that were hanging out with the Black Widow.

Yeah, this isn’t a very good one. All that stupid shit with not knowing how the machine works combined with falling for the most obvious trap in the world TWICE IN A ROW… yeah, you need to re-evaluate your intelligence, Tony.

Tales of Suspense #52, Apr. 1964

Tales of Suspense #52, Apr. 1964

Plot by: Stan Lee
Story by: N. Korok
Art by: Don Heck
Lettering by: S. Rosen

All right, it’s the return of my favorite Iron Man baddie, the Crimson Dynamo! In his first appearance, this communist “red” Iron Man defected to the Americans, where his scientific genius would be appreciated. So why is he attacking now?

I’ll tell ya why, it’s ’cause it ain’t the same guy, THAT’S why! No, Ivan Vanko is still on the side of democracy and he’s working in Tony Stark’s labs creating some sort of “laser gun”. Two Russian agents are sent to kidnap Vanko and destroy his work, a big guy named Boris and a pretty lady named Natasha, aka, The Black Widow! Yes, Iron Man fights Boris and Natasha.

First Boris kidnaps Vanko and steals his Crimson Dynamo suit, then he lures Iron Man to the lab and zaps him with a massive amount of electricity while his back is turned. Iron Man almost dies, but manages to recharge his suit (remember, his suit keeps his heart from shutting down) and free Vanko. In a fair fight against Boris in the Crimson Dynamo suit, Iron Man fights him to a standstill, and only Vanko’s own weapon saves the day, even though it means Vanko has to die as well.

See? That’s why I like this Crimson Dynamo fella. Sure, he changed sides, but once he did, he sure isn’t messing around about it. He gives this speech about protecting freedom and what have you, then blows the both of them up. Sadly (at least as far as I’ve read), the Crimson Dynamo doesn’t come back after this, which is a damn shame, because I just love that pointlessly spiky armor of his.