Iron Man #134-135
Issue(s): Iron Man #134, Iron Man #135
Iron Man was the key speaker at the dinner for five years, but they dis-invited him this year because of the Carnelian Ambassador incident. He's improved and tested his armor to prevent another takeover...
...but the incident has still damaged IM's reputation. Tony gets kind of down...
...and he goes out on the town (to the Playboy Club!) with Bethany Cabe to cheer himself up.
And even though he's not drinking, he's still clearly a ladies man, flirting with Ling McPherson while waiting to pick up Bethany..
Unfortunately the Titanium Man is also in town to smash up the city and defeat Iron Man.
Titanium Man is confident in his victory because he used the Unicorn to analyze Iron Man's defenses. But Iron Man has improved his armor since then (due to the Carnelian Ambassador incident). Thanks to that and some martial arts pointers given to him by Captain America, Iron Man is able to win the fight.
Titanium Man is depicted as being absolutely massive, which i think is pretty cool.
Quality Rating: B
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Implant? N
Reprinted In: N/A
Judging from panels showing that the Titanium man's head completely fills out the helmet, it would appear that the guy inside is incredibly gigantic. I never could figure out if he was mutated or a freak of nature or what.
Wow, John Byrne is right: Bob Layton does overpower everything he inks. Still, Layton's "everything looks like shiny aluminum" approach works really well for IRON MAN, and The Titanium Man looks great in a nighttime setting. This is a solid, if simple, action story, and it might be the first issue of IRON MAN I ever read. Good stuff. An eight-year-old could read it, get a good old fashioned superhero fight, and still get just enough faux sophistication and DALLAS- style touches to make him think he's reading something "adult". This, I think, is something to shoot for.
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