Iron Man #6
Issue(s): Iron Man #6
And i mentioned that i think Goodwin's scripting is nice and natural, but that doesn't extend to his handling of Cuban characters.
One thing i do like is the explanation of how Crusher returns. We last saw him getting hit by a centrifugal force ray that pulled him to the center of the Earth. Fortunately, Marvel's Earth is hollow, so he wound up in the kingdom of Tyrannus.
The kingdom was abandoned thanks to the fact that Tyrannus lost his memories during his war with the Mole Man. But Crusher, who in his non-powered form is a brilliant professor, was able to use Tyrannus' technology to restore his powers and return to the surface.
From there it's a standard fight with Iron Man facing a stronger opponent.
Iron Man eventually drops the guy in the ocean where once again he's pulled to the center of the Earth, this time by his own increased weight (i guess those powerful muscles aren't enough to help him swim). It's the last we'll see of Crusher alive (but his body still has contributions to make to science).
In a subplot we see that Whitney Frost is having trouble keeping her Maggia underlings under control.
At one point Crusher threatens Frost and Jasper Sitwell tries to jump into the fight.
Iron Man knocks him out for his own safety, and boy does that not, haha, sit well with Jasper (i'm so sorry).
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: The Index and MCP place this before Iron Man's appearance in Avengers #58.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: Marvel Masterworks: The Invincible Iron Man vol. 5
I enjoyed when Crusher referred to Iron Man as "the galvanized gringo." Somewhat unfortunate that nickname never stuck.
Posted by: Time Traveling Bunny | September 10, 2013 9:52 PM
I think the only excuse that the Crusher had for returning is "he's the only villain we have for communist Cuba" considering what they had with Russia (Crimson Dynamo, Titanium Man) and China (Radioactive Man, Mandarin). Tony really did fight a lot of Commies back then, huh? (but then again his origin did involve the Vietnam war...)
Posted by: Ataru320 | June 3, 2015 9:14 PM
Hey fnord, I noticed Stan the Man got his reference mixed up when he mentioned X-Men #35. That one had Spidey and not Tyrannus (which was issue 34). Figured you might want to correct it here.
Posted by: Mernyferny | October 7, 2017 10:38 PM
Posted by: fnord12 | October 8, 2017 12:19 PM
At least Iron Man had the courtesy to hit Sitwell when his glasses were off!
Posted by: Brian Coffey | February 17, 2018 10:45 AM
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