Jonathan, son of Kevin:
Characters Appearing: Attuma, Happy Hogan, Iron Man, Pepper Potts, Senator Byrd
Tales Of Suspense #66 (Iron Man)
Issue(s): Tales Of Suspense #66 (Iron Man story only)
He shows up at Stark Industries to watch a demo of an experimental one man submarine. Happy wants to pilot the sub during the demo in order to impress Pepper, but Stark won't let him, saying it is too dangerous and that only Iron Man can do it. Happy quits Stark Industries and leaves the country.
While demoing the sub, Iron Man sees Attuma, who has built a big cannon with a shell that uses a rare material called 'nautilium'.
Attuma says that the nautilium will change the atmosphere of the surface world, making it so that humans won't be able to breathe without the help of Atlantean technology. Iron Man rightly thinks that Attuma is crazy, but figures the gun "might work" so he'd better take him out. Attuma is a tough customer...
...and the only way for Iron Man to win is to use the experimental sub to ram the canon. However, he thinks no one will believe him about Attuma so he tells Senator Byrd that the experiment failed, and Byrd vows to make the Pentagon realize that they should cancel their contracts.
Byrd isn't played as an idiot. Stark at one point thinks to himself that Byrd is actually a good senator, and it only makes sense that Byrd thinks Stark is a playboy since that is the persona Stark deliberately projects to hide his identity as Iron Man.
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: Marvel's Greatest Comics #24
Mike Esposito was "Mickey Demeo" and later "Joe Gaudioso" due to his large amount of work at DC.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | August 2, 2011 4:08 PM
WHY would no one believe Tony? NYC's been occupied by Atlanteans by this point.
Posted by: Thanos6 | April 27, 2015 7:18 PM
Because no one say it but him and Sen. Byrd would claim that it was an excuse to cover his imcompetence and unfitness for military contracts.
Posted by: Bobby Sisemore | November 1, 2016 8:16 PM
Byrd sounds like my dad...
Posted by: Roy Mattson | May 9, 2017 5:18 PM
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