Tales Of Suspense #84 (Iron Man)
Issue(s): Tales Of Suspense #84 (Iron Man story only)
Stark then decides he doesn't really want to reveal his secret, so Happy puts on the armor and flies around, 'proving' Stark and IM are two different people. The Mandarin sees Happy change into the armor so he kidnaps him, thinking he is catching Iron Man.
Gene Colan's art is very, very nice. There's a whole different dynamic than i was used to after reading through so many Silver Age stories (i've subsequently seen his even earlier art on Tales To Astonish). A lot more use of shadow, and much more realistic (although still melodramatic) looking people and poses.
There's a cute bit where some reporters talk about Happy and Pepper with some really expository dialogue and there's a footnote that says "We know people don't really talk this way, but we wanna bring any newcomers up to date!"
Quality Rating: C+
Chronological Placement Considerations: The MCP has this before Avengers #32. Happy is kidnapped at the end of this issue and the story picks up directly in the next issue.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: Marvel Double Feature #1
is Senator Byrd a skrull? cause he just did a 180. he's been harassing Stark for months, accusing him of treason, and now he's assuring everyone in the hearing that Stark's collapse is no bluff because he knows Stark's "always been a man of honor". then why didn't he talk to Stark like he thought he was honorable instead of a shady crook doing underhanded things in order to get Defense contracts?
reporters in the 60s must have really had clout. in the old Toho films, fnord12 and i noticed that reporters are always barging in on private meetings, demanding statements and nobody does anything to stop them. here, you've got Tony Stark who's important enough to get a nameplate on the door of the hospital room he's in. but he's not so important that the room isn't full of reporters demanding answers from a man whose heart nearly stopped and who the nurses say "managed to rally from his coma". they got there before Pepper and Happy! this hospital sucks!
Posted by: min | July 2, 2014 8:36 AM
I agree with your appraisal of Colan's art.
Posted by: Bobby Sisemore | November 8, 2016 6:18 PM
Min: thought just the same about byrd. Haha, what a whackjob
Wish i had a friend like happy.
Posted by: Roy Mattson | July 12, 2017 1:32 PM
Something that irks me here is that when Happy disappears Stark says it was like when the Mandarin teleported him “months ago” ... sure it was back in issue 76 but it actually had to have been only DAYS ago. If you read these issues in sequence Stark goes nonstop from fighting the Mandarin to Sub-Mariner to the Titanium Man and down to Washington to testify, is hospitalized and then fights the Mandarin AGAIN with barely a day here or there not on-panel ... basically issue 76 through at least issue 86 have to take place the same week ... maybe week and a half at most. I can’t find a clean break until the opening of issues 87.
Posted by: Jeff | October 26, 2017 9:01 PM
It's often the case, especially in earlier comics, that writers talk in publication time despite what was possible in-story. That's why the foundational indexer George Olshevsky talked about "temporal references" as something that can be ignored.
Your comment also alerted me to the fact that i was missing a reference. Thanks.
Posted by: fnord12 | October 27, 2017 10:51 AM
Whoo I helped! Always glad to pitch in fnord :) (And here I thought I was just complaining about Smiley’s writing haha)
Posted by: Jeff | October 28, 2017 10:43 PM
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