Tales Of Suspense #87-88 (Iron Man)
Issue(s): Tales Of Suspense #87, Tales Of Suspense #88 (Iron Man stories only)
...Iron Man fights the Mole Man. Stark is working on a subterranean drilling device.
Meanwhile, buildings are disappearing under the ground, and people think Stark is responsible. It is interesting to see how quickly people turn against Stark. The disappearing buildings are actually due to the Mole Man, who wants Stark's drilling device. Iron Man can't beat the Mole Man so he agrees to work for him, but he doesn't tell the Mole Man that the Earth Digger doesn't work properly yet, so when the Mole Man tries to use it, it explodes.
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: Stark's factory is sunk into the ground by the Mole Man in issue #87, and it won't be restored until the beginning of issue #89, so no appearances of the factory should appear in between. Uncanny X-Men #31 is specifically designed to take place in between these issues for that reason.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: Marvel Double Feature #4, Marvel Double Feature #5
Even the Subterraneans get big balloon muscles when Gene Colan draws them. In the fight scene they appear to have the same approximate height and build as Iron Man, which is way off-model for them.
Posted by: James Holt | September 23, 2016 1:25 AM
The Mole Man's motivation was to acquire it for his war with Tyrranus.
Posted by: Bobby Sisemore | November 11, 2016 4:37 PM
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