Iron Man #178
Issue(s): Iron Man #178
They feel compelled to kick out their Iron Man since they've heard that the real Iron Man has left the Avengers. Local bully Blackie Donovan takes advantage of that by framing the Iron Lad for a bunch of mischief, but the Young Avengers eventually figure it out, bring Donovan to justice, and allow Iron Lad back onto the team.
The second story features a cop who is able to convince Tony Stark (still homeless) that he does in fact have an alcohol problem by betting him $50 that he can't go 12 hours without a drink.
Stark is able to win the bet, but the agony he goes through during those twelve hours is enough to make him realize his problems aren't just "nerves".
The first story is cute, and the second is pretty good without being too sentimental. So it's a nice use of the Assistant Editors' Month event.
Quality Rating: B
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Crossover: Assistant Editors' Month
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Wasn't Blackie Donovan also the name of the guy who killed Bennett Brant in an early Amazing Spider-Man? Or am I misremembering it?
Posted by: Mark Drummond | October 1, 2011 11:49 PM
According to this website, the guy who killed Betty's brother was Blackie GAXTON, not Blackie Donovan:
Posted by: Michael | October 1, 2011 11:55 PM
Confused him with that guy and faux-Hobgoblin Lefty Donovan.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | October 2, 2011 12:11 AM
Absolutely my favorite of the AEM and one of my favorite Iron Man issues ever. Because, let's face it, who didn't want to be an Avenger when they were a kid? I once knocked my best friend cold when my "Mjolnir" (a rubber mallet) slipped out of my hand and he didn't raise his shield (trash can lid) fast enough and it conked him in the head.
Posted by: Erik Beck | May 15, 2015 11:29 AM
The highlight of Assistant Editor's Month. There's no way around it: much of the best work in any field, and no less, comics, has a very personal basis on which to draw.
Posted by: Cecil | October 17, 2016 8:59 PM
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