Tales Of Suspense #42 (Iron Man)
Issue(s): Tales Of Suspense #42 (Iron Man story only)
Compared to the last two issues, this one is a bit mundane, with Iron Man just fighting a commie. At least he is a barbarian commie.
One thing i like about this issue is that it shows that very early on Iron Man decided to make himself invulnerable to magnetism.
So i don't want to hear any nonsense about Magneto being able to take out Iron Man in a Whoodwin.
The Red Barbarian has a master of disguise in his employ, and he introduces himself by pretending to be "Comrade K".
The commies are after a prototype Disintegrator Ray that Tony Stark has been working on.
Stark envisions it being used to wipe out large civilian cities...
...but luckily it "still has a few bugs in it" and i'm assuming it never got completed. That's real super-villain territory there.
Quality Rating: D
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: Marvel Masterworks: The Invincible Iron Man vol. 1
I don't see much of a moral difference between the "atomic naval" cannons Tony was working on in the previous issue and the disintegrator ray this issue.
Posted by: Michael | November 22, 2012 10:41 PM
It was the fact that Tony Stark's vision including directly attacking cities full of civilians that caused me to put it in a different category. Normally you could potentially claim that his weapons could be used only for military vs. military purposes or as a deterrent, but that image shows this one destroying a major metropolis.
Posted by: fnord12 | November 23, 2012 11:52 AM
There really is a trend with Marvel genius characters, especially in the early issues, to come across like flat out mad scientists.
Tony's getting a touch of that here, Hank basically comes across like a fledgling super-villain a good 80% of the time, and people always point out just how inhuman and cold Reed usually is, to the point of basically just being a total dick.
It's always interesting to see just how thin the line between someone like Reed and someone like Doom can really be. Or how easily a character can cross from one side to the other.
Posted by: ParanoidObsessive | July 23, 2014 11:20 PM
It took until 2011, but the Red Barbarian managed to reappear in Captain America #617-619 and Winter Soldier (2012 series) #2 and #5.
Posted by: Omar Karindu | October 16, 2015 9:08 PM
Added him as a Character Appearing then. Thanks.
Posted by: fnord12 | October 17, 2015 11:00 AM
I placed Tales of Suspense#42-44 before the Avengers#1.
Posted by: Bobby Sisemore | October 24, 2016 6:54 PM
Respectfully, Bobby, there's not much point telling us where you placed a book unless you also tell us why.
Posted by: Andrew | October 24, 2016 7:42 PM
And now I just saw your nice note on Spider-Man 3, and feel bad...
Posted by: Andrew | October 24, 2016 7:48 PM
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