Marvel Super Heroes #2
Issue(s): Marvel Super Heroes #2 (Iron Man, Speedball, Tigra, & Falcon stories)
Mark Gruenwald - Editor
Tony Stark is launching a new space shuttle. Someone from the Pentagon wants the shuttle's engine for military purposes, but Stark won't give it up. So the Defense Department guy, who has paid off one of Stark's guards, sneaks into Stark's facility and sabotages the engine. Except that the sabotage causes an immediate explosion of Stark's new coolant system, and the Defense guy, after seeing a vision (of Death?)...
...is frozen solid and killed.
Some of the art in this story feels like it is straight out of a Bill Everett story from the late Golden Age.
Years later, the two now-adults get back together and kill each other over the gun. Speedball watches.
The father is then attacked by some goons. Tigra goes wild defending him.
It turns out that her father is dying of a mysterious disease. It's suspected that the disease was created by the owner of her father's company, with the goal of killing off employees that might testify about the company's wrongdoings. Tigra goes to investigate the company, and it turns out that the attack was really bait. The company owner wants a genetic sample from her to bring himself to peak condition. In the meantime, he's been experimenting on his employees.
Her cells also allow a cure for her father's disease to be created. Tigra escapes with the cure, leaving the company owner to die.
They have a bomb that they intend to use to ransom the government. Falcon chases after them. He's followed by two brothers, that argue about whether or not the Falcon is a hero or a sell-out and a show-off. The kid that thinks he's a sell-out winds up sacrificing himself to save the Falcon, and he's killed.
And that turns the other kid against him.
Quality Rating: D
Chronological Placement Considerations: The Rogue and Daredevil stories from this issue have been placed in separate entries. If we're going to place the rest of the stories near publication date, the Tigra story has to take place after Avengers Spotlight #38, when she's restored to humanoid form.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (3): showFalcon, Iron Man, Justin Baldwin, Maddie Baldwin, Mrs. Arbogast, Speedball, Tigra
"Oh, Dad... I am different. I'm part woman, part cat..."
He... definitely takes that surprisingly well, doesn't he?
Posted by: Morgan Wick | July 28, 2015 5:03 PM
You posted that image of Iron Man saving his employees twice. Guess those guys just can't stay out of trouble, huh?
Man, oh, man... I said that the Brother Voodoo story was something different. Then I come across the duel between Guardian and Phantom. Say what you want about Dikto during this period, especially about possibly trying to mimic the silver age too hard, that part is just perfection.
Posted by: Max_Spider | July 28, 2015 7:17 PM
Iron Trinity's existence is proof that Abe Zimmer's tapeworm wasn't successful in putting the Starktech genie back in the bottle.
Posted by: Michael | July 28, 2015 8:44 PM
Fixed the Iron Man image, thanks Max_Spider. And Michael, thanks for the tip on Lobo.
Posted by: fnord12 | July 28, 2015 9:08 PM
Fnord, Jeph York at the MCP just did a post on the chronology of the Lobos:
Posted by: Michael | August 7, 2015 9:10 PM
Thanks, Michael. I've split the Red Wolf story into a separate entry and i'll cover Marvel Comics Presents #72 before Doctor Strange #25.
Posted by: fnord12 | August 8, 2015 11:42 AM
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