Iron Man: The Iron Age #1
Issue(s): Iron Man: The Iron Age #1
Review/plot: This prodigious parable from Pepper Pott's perspective (pleasantly portrayed prior and post Iron Man's pro-generation) (Sorry! I've read too many Silver Age books in a row!) is, like other continuity inserts by Busiek, Stern, and Waid, a welcome enhancement to the lacking-in-character-development Silver Age.
This tells the story of how Tony goes from being a spoiled irresponsible rich kid to the successful head of Stark Industries. It also does a great job of saving Pepper from 1960s stereotyping - she effectively runs Stark Industries and also illustrates to Tony how his business decisions (or lack thereof) have an effect on the lives of his employees.
Also, the head of Republic Oil and Natural Gas hire 'the Saboteur' to try and ruin SI enough to prepare it for a take-over...
...but Iron Man stops her.
Aside from a wedgie-shot of the female villain the Saboteur, the art is pretty nice, too, with cute facial expressions for Pepper.
Good stuff. More like this, please.
Quality Rating: A
Chronological Placement Considerations: By the end of this issue, Iron Man is still in his bulky gold armor. Pepper is Tony's executive secretary but Happy Hogan is not yet hired. The Avengers have formed. One thing to note about the references below: in many cases the footnote is just telling us when they first appeared in the original stories; it doesn't mean that this issue takes place only after all of those references have occurred.
Continuity Implant? Y
Reprinted In: N/A
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