The Transparent Fox:
Characters Appearing: Baron Zemo (Heinrich), Black Widow, Captain America, Happy Hogan, Hawkeye, Henry Pym, Iron Man, Pepper Potts, Rick Jones, Thor, Wasp
Tales Of Suspense #60
Issue(s): Tales Of Suspense #60
Review/plot: Tony Stark still can't take off his armor, a result of last issue's fight with the Black Knight.
Happy and Pepper aren't buying the idea that Tony has left on a mysterious trip, leaving Iron Man in charge. Neither are the police, especially after a few unfortunate incidents involving a note and Tony Stark's safe.
The Avengers are suspicious too.
Meanwhile, Hawkeye is somewhat more reluctant to work for the Black Widow.
He and Iron Man get into a pointless fight...
...and the Black Widow is brought back to the USSR.
Since Iron Man saved Pepper's life during the fight, the police decide to leave Iron Man alone for now.
It's interesting how long the "Tony Stark is missing" plotline goes on for.
Review/plot: Cap and Rick fight off a bunch of Zemo's thugs.
Quality Rating: D
Chronological Placement Considerations: Tony Stark is still presumed missing.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: Thunderbolts #39, Marvel's Greatest Comics #26
Nice how the proton gun is almost teased here. It's described as a new anti-armor weapon Tony designed, and Tony himself will use a proton gun several issues later against Titanium Man.
It might be one of the inspirations for the proton cannon that Iron Man uses in Capcom's fighting games.
Posted by: Mortificator | November 15, 2014 5:52 PM
The Iron Man story is meh but the Cap story is fun. Yeah it's basically just Kirby drawing Cap fighting goons, but I fail to see in what way that is a bad thing.
Posted by: Robert | February 10, 2016 6:36 PM
There is one more thing of significance to the Cap story. His taunting of Zemo about his assassins failing is what lead directly to the epic showdown in Avengers#15.
Posted by: Bobby Sisemore | October 30, 2016 8:25 PM
Accepting that the splash page for the Iron Man story is symbolic rather than an actual depiction of events, is this the first time that an attempt has been made to portray an expression on Shellhead's faceplate - aside from the Mandarin's remarks a few issues previously ?
Posted by: Mike Teague | November 11, 2017 5:05 AM
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