Characters Appearing: Crimson Dynamo III, Happy Hogan, Iron Man, Marty March, Pepper Potts, Radioactive Man, Roxanne Gilbert, Titanium Man
Iron Man #73
Issue(s): Iron Man #73
Pepper knows that Tony Stark is Iron Man, so he demonstrates how he gets into costume for her. She comments on the fact that he has to take off all his clothes to get in his armor: "Uh, boss -- what's with this 'naked came the stranger' bit, Tony -- I'm a married woman now, remember?"
Then he heads off to Vietnam. Strange things are going on. First, the current Crimson Dynamo (the third to wear the armor) is ranting about going after Iron Man. His companions in the Titanic Three try to convince him to leave his past vendettas behind, but he's not convincible.
Second, there's the weird underground utopian society that Marty March brought Roxanne Gilbert to, and it's all falling to pieces as the leader decides to show his true tyrannical colors. It also seems they've been stockpiling weapons purchased from Stark Industries.
Iron Man has received a distress call from Roxie.
On his way there, of course, he winds up in a fight with the Crimson Dynamo, who has no problem endangering innocent Vietnamese in order to get at Iron Man. Dynamo runs away when he realizes that the people will turn on him.
The utopia is destroyed in the fight, and the leader is killed when he falls into a pit trap after being chased by its members.
On his way home, Iron Man thinks about the Black Lama and his plan to start a war of the super-villains.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: Takes place after Giant-Size Man-Thing #2.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
On the cover, Marty March seems to have grown his missing arm back.
"Naked Came The Stranger" was an infamous suppressed porno novel which became a porn film later in 1975.
Best line: "Butt out, Titanium Man!"
Posted by: Mark Drummond | May 11, 2013 5:00 PM
Well, not exactly...Naked Came the Stranger was a hoax, a spoof of trashy erotica written by a round-robin of journalists. It became a bestseller in 1969.
Posted by: Omar Karindu | July 27, 2016 11:18 AM
Notice that Annette Kawecki actually lettered the quote in question, not Tom?
Posted by: VtCG | March 30, 2018 6:04 PM
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