Characters Appearing: Dr. Strange, Iron Man, Jarvis
Iron Man #56
Issue(s): Iron Man #56
It's basically Iron Man fighting a statue that gets possessed by a demon, Fangor, but a lot of the story focuses on a low level wizard called Rasputin (no relation to any other Rasputins you may be thinking of).
And it's definitely played for goofs.
Rasputin is responsible for the arrival of this demon.
It has a cute ending, with a cameo by Dr. Strange.
Man, Steve Gerber was really into occult stuff, huh?
Some focus on Iron Man's technology, too. We start off with the roller skates.
And there's mention of how Iron Man has now added a laser to his chestplate, after the events of last issue.
During the fight with the demon, he uses his "unstable-freon mini-bomb".
A goofy, light hearted story. A Gerber/Starlin collaboration is a nice little treat.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: This begins with Iron Man returning to the Avengers Mansion after his fight with the Blood Brothers in the desert. I have some personal complications around that thanks to a lot of books being collected in my Captain Marvel trade, so i'm placing it in the approximately right place (technically, Iron Man's appearance in CM #27-30 and his rematch with the Blood Brothers in Marvel Feature #12 takes place after this story).
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Gerber got fired off this book after Stan Lee took a look at it and got "horrified"(per Gerber).
Posted by: Mark Drummond | March 24, 2013 5:16 PM
Loved this! What a comic book is supposed to be! Nuff said!
Posted by: Jack | July 6, 2013 9:26 AM
Rasputin and his "Tavistick" is at least partly a parody of the Fawvcett/DC character Ibis, a wizard who used an "Ibistick" for various magical effects.
Posted by: Omar Karindu | November 17, 2015 8:32 AM
This take on Rasputin reminds me of Marty Feldman's "Igor" character in Young Frankenstein (pronounced "Eye-gor").
Posted by: Holt | January 28, 2018 6:45 PM
Eye-gor and Froderick Frankonsteen.
Posted by: jULES | July 14, 2018 2:03 PM
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