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Tales of Suspense #71, Nov. 1965

Tales of Suspense #71, Nov. 1965

A study in splendor by Stan Lee, writer!
A muse of majesty by Don Heck, artist!
A glimmer of glory by Wally Wood, inker!
A nice lettering job by Art Simek, bon vivant!

Written with the passion of Stan Lee
Laid-out with the power of Jack Kirby
Pencilled with the punch of George Tuska
Inked with the prowess of Joe Sinnott
Lettered with the penpoint of Sam Rosen

This is a pretty good balance for an Iron Man story. He prevails over the tough foe as a superhero, yet is thought of as a complete asshole by everyone else because they think Tony Stark didn’t even show up to the fight, or go to the hospital with Happy Hogan when he nearly got killed. Stark usually has everything going for him, and I’m sure it’ll go back to that way soon enough, but it’s nice to have that little moment of humility in there.

Happy Hogan has been seriously injured delivering a weapon to Iron Man during his fight with Titanium Man. Thinking that his friend has been killed, Stark really unloads on Titanium Man and corners the commie against a wall with his superior fighting prowess. He finally uses the weapon Happy brought him to render Titanium Man’s armor completely useless, then gets him to say that he surrenders on TV. In the hospital, it looks like Happy may not make it, and by the time Stark gets there, everybody’s angry at him.

A Nazi named Major Uberhart is planning to shoot a rocket into London (right on top of Churchill’s house, even!) with Captain America and Bucky tied to the side of it. The clumsy Nazis drop Cap and he wakes up, which allows him to easily overpower the enemy forces and take control of the rocket. He gets the crazy doctor who came up with the plan to change the trajectory of the rocket to hit the Nazis who were threatening Steve Rogers’ platoon (which he abandoned to turn into Cap), and then the whole castle blows up with the good guys safely out of the way.

All right, it looks like this is the last story in this magazine about Captain America’s adventures during WWII, and we’re going to go back to “modern” times! That’s great for me, since super-villains are always way more interesting than Nazis (though I gotta give Uberhart credit for wanting to blow up Churchill’s house with Captain America strapped to a rocket), plus I get more than enough of my daily Nazi requirement with Sgt. Fury.


Tales of Suspense #70, Oct. 1965

Tales of Suspense #70, Oct. 1965

Story: Scribbled and scrawled by: Stan Lee
Illustration: Doodled and dawdled by: Don Heck
Delineation: Battered and blotted by: Mickey Demeo
Lettering: Mumbled and jumbled by: Sam Rosen

Story by Stan Lee
Layouts by Jack Kirby
Lettering by S. Rosen
Art by George Tuska

I don’t usually spend a lot of time talking about the love triangles in Iron Man and Daredevil, partly because they’re so similar, partly because they’re really stupid. Still, it’s important to note at this point that both Tony Stark and his chauffeur Happy Hogan are in love with Stark’s secretary, Pepper Potts. Stark thinks he can’t be with her because his heart is powered by a battery, and Happy gets all mopey and annoying any time Pepper even talks to Tony, since this is obviously a clear sign she doesn’t care about Happy at all. See why I don’t talk about this?

Iron Man is taking a right old beating in the fight against Titanium Man, due to the fact that Bullski created the suit specifically to defeat Iron Man, and also that he’s cheating and laid mines down everywhere. There’s a quick break after fifteen minutes of fighting so both people can repair themselves, and Tony decides to use a prototype weapon that he left back in his hotel room to win the contest. It’s not there when he gets there, so he sends Happy to go get it from some countess who wants to get into Stark’s pants, as she stole the thing so he’d have to talk to her. Happy finds her and retrieves the weapon, but arrives back at the battlefield after round two has started. Disregarding his own safety, Happy rushes out to give Iron Man the weapon, but is killed by the Titanium Man! Oh no!

The Nazis who’ve kidnapped Bucky have set him up in a trap for Captain America. Once he tries to free the patriotic teen, it’ll trigger some sleeping gas that’ll knock them both out. Cap doesn’t fall for this right away, but it finally goes off after he tries to make a break with Bucky from the soldiers shooting at them. The two heroes and the sister of the mad scientist who came up with the whole plan are all knocked out and tied to a rocket, which they plan to shoot at London!

Wait, I thought the plan of these guys was to shrink Cap and Bucky with the shrinking ray thing the evil doctor came up with. What’s the deal with tying them to a rocket and shooting it at London?! I’m starting to think these Nazi guys don’t have any idea what they’re doing, pssht.

Tales of Suspense #69, Sept. 1965

Tales of Suspense #69, Sept. 1965

Story by Stan Lee, the idol of millions!
Art by Don Heck, the toast of two continents!
Inking by V. Colletta, the pride of the bullpen!
Lettering by Sam Rosen, the last angry letterer!

Script by: Friendly Stan Lee
Layouts by: Frolicksome Jack Kirby
Rendering by: Frivolous Dick Ayers
Lettering by: Fearless Artie Simek

Titanium Man makes his first appearance in this issue, and he’s really just a revamping of the greatest Iron Man villain ever, the Crimson Dynamo. Unfortunately they have to make him a recurring villain, so his personality is much less interesting than the Dynamo’s, but I guess you gotta take what you can get.

A huge communist named Boris Bullski decides to get himself noticed by his superiors by building a suit specifically designed to take out Iron Man. Since titanium is stronger than iron, that’s what he tells his captured scientists to make his suit out of. Once it’s finished, he sends a challenge to Iron Man to fight him in a neutral place (which he has, of course, mined with traps), and he accepts out of patriotic necessity. The fight seems to be pretty even until ol’ Shellhead trips up one of the traps… will he be able to defeat a guy bigger and stronger than he is who also cheats?! Eh, probably.

In Nazi Germany, an evil scientist has developed a process which will shrink Captain America and Bucky Barnes down to the size of action figures… for some reason. They set a trap for the two costumed heroes, but Cap is out of town with his platoon on a raid in the guise of Private Steve Rogers. Bucky falls for the trap like a good sidekick, and once Cap realizes what’s happened (by intercepting a transmission), he hijacks a plane to Greymoor Castle. What he didn’t realize was another transmission… one that said his army ranger troop was falling into a Nazi trap!

Ooh, Captain America is a deserter, just to save some dumb kid from being shrunken into a hilarious toy! As we all know, the Nazi trap would’ve easily been foiled if Steve Rogers had remained behind (although part of his cover is that he’s kind of a useless soldier, a “goldbrick”, as his sergeant so often calls him), and not letting him know about it means that he doesn’t even get the chance to make the hero’s choice between the one or the many. Cool, Cap could use some more guilt.

Tales of Suspense #68, Aug. 1965

Tales of Suspense #68, Aug. 1965

Edited by: Stan Lee (who hasn’t slept since!)
Written by: Al Hartley (who never could sleep!)
Art by: Don Heck (who was under sedation!)
Inked by: Mickey Demeo (who couldn’t have visitors!)
Lettered by: Sam Rosen (who knows!)

Stan Lee, writer
Jack Kirby, artist
Frank Ray, inker
Sam Rosen, letterer

This is perhaps the worst issue of Tales of Suspense I’ve read so far. The Iron Man story is something of a repeat of the last issue’s, except for the incredibly stupid twist at the end that’s reminiscent of the early 60’s sci-fi stories or the really old Thor/Hulk/Ant Man things. This is one of only two stories that Al Hartley wrote in the Silver Age, so I guess it makes sense that it was more like his earlier 50’s work for Atlas (the company that would eventually be renamed Marvel).

Last issue, stupid Count Nefaria was trying to make Iron Man go crazy by making him fight dream versions of his previous enemies. That didn’t work, so Nefaria recruits Tony Stark’s ne’er-do-well cousin Morgan to try the same sort of thing on the billionaire. He starts seeing fantastical sights and everyone starts to think that he’s gone crazy… until one of the fake spaceships turns out to be a real one, carrying moon men who are all named after cheeses. Seriously. Iron Man fights them off and they decide to leave the moon because all Earthlings are obviously exactly like Iron Man, who can kick the shit out of them.

Meanwhile, in the past, Captain America’s brainwashing by the Red Skull comes to an anti-climactic end as he just snaps out of it and gets back to work as normal. The Skull either knew that would happen or just doesn’t care, and sends one of his men on a new mission: to steal “Project Vanish”, which is a ray gun that disintegrates stuff. Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes are sent to guard the Skull’s henchman, who is a POW, and have to turn into their super-powered alter-egos to defeat him once he gets the ray.

The only thing I like about the Captain America story is that the Project Vanish ray looks like one of those chest-mounted missile launcher things that you always get on action figures, which I find to be the most hilarious of all weapon designs. I was pretty disappointed that Cap’s brainwashing fizzled out like it did and the answer was just “well, he didn’t feel like being brainwashed anymore or something.” Ah well, whatcha gonna do.

Tales of Suspense #67, July 1965

Tales of Suspense #67, July 1965

Written by our roguish writer… Stan Lee
Pencilled by our prankish penciller… Don Heck
Inked by our impish inker… Mickey Demeo
Lettered by our other letterer… S. Rosen
And read by our rollickin’ reader… YOU!

Story and art by: Stan Lee and Jack Kirby
Inking: Frank Ray
Lettering: Artie Simek

Iron Man fights a bunch of old villains?! WHAT A COOL- oh, it’s a dream. A nefarious dream, mastered by the old Avengers enemy Count Nefaria (who is now going by the Master of Dreams for this issue and only this issue). I guess that explains how they got the Crimson Dynamo back, even though he’s dead. Dammit, I like the Crimson Dynamo.

At the end of the last issue, Happy Hogan decided to quit his job as a rich man’s chauffeur because he never had to work and the hot secretary kinda liked him but not as much as his boss. Iron Man follows him to Ireland where he’s visiting his stereotypical grandfather, but the evil Count Nefaria put on some mascara and built a dream machine specifically to give Iron Man nightmares that could kill him. In the nightmare, Iron Man fights several of his old foes, like the Crimson Dynamo, the Melter, Jack Frost, the Unicorn, and that alien robot that was dressed like a caveman. Iron Man beats them in his dream, but Nefaria’s plan was apparently that he was supposed to give up and just die, and he breaks his dream machine in an incompetence-fueled rage.

Meanwhile, in the past, Captain America has been brainwashed by the Red Skull to be a Nazi stooge. He’s been trained to shoot an American general and is sent with a Nazi strike team to infiltrate his base. Unknown to the Germans, Cap’s teen sidekick Bucky has disguised himself as one of the commandos and tries to wake Cap up from his hypnotic state. But, being the sidekick, nothing he does actually works, and Cap shoots the general… OR DOES HE?! TUNE IN NEXT TIME!!!

So, wait. They brainwashed Captain America to shoot an American general, that much I can understand. But why did they land him with a bunch of Nazi stormtroopers and storm the castle? Isn’t the whole point of brainwashing people that you can just sneak them back in and nobody knows they’re a traitor until it’s too late? They’re just hypnotizing out of spite in this case.