Characters Appearing: Count Nefaria, Happy Hogan, Iron Man, Pepper Potts
Tales Of Suspense #67 (Iron Man)
Issue(s): Tales Of Suspense #67 (Iron Man story only)
Iron Man goes to Ireland to find Happy, who has moved in with his grandfather. Meanwhile, Count Nefaria, clearly high on something, has decided to start calling himself the Dream-Master. He's got a machine that lets him control dreams, and if they die in the dream they die in real life. He wants revenge on the Avengers and decides to start with Iron Man, sending shellhead's entire rogue gallery after him (including the Crimson Dynamo, leading to a nice sequence where Iron Man refers to the fact that the two had become allies and Count Nefaria grumbling that his research was faulty). Iron Man fights off the dreams, and while he is sleeping, Pepper picks up the phone and calls Happy. Happy agrees to come home.
So yeah, they were right, the story didn't make much sense.
Quality Rating: D+
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: Marvel's Greatest Comics #25
The count looks like a gypsy villain in this one.
Posted by: Leves | August 27, 2015 5:08 AM
Kurt Busiek has argued that the Dream Maker wasn't supposed to be Nefaria but Stan got confused when he was scripting since Nefaria was the villain in the next issue.
Posted by: Michael | August 27, 2015 7:54 AM
Thanks Michael, I didn't know that.
Posted by: Leves | September 19, 2015 10:33 AM
Any explanation that includes the phrase "Stan got confused" is probably the right one.
Posted by: Dan H. | September 19, 2015 6:05 PM
Perhaps Lee made the Dream Maker Nefaria so he'd have a motive for attacking Iron Man.
Posted by: Luke Blanchard | February 13, 2016 11:05 PM
The cover of this one showed Colossus who had fought Giant-Man in Tales to Astonish#58 but had never fought Iron Man.
Posted by: Bobby Sisemore | November 1, 2016 8:45 PM
Nightmare on elm street before it was cool
Posted by: Roy Mattson | May 10, 2017 3:07 PM
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