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.