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Tales of Suspense #59
Captain America

October 29, 2014 | Drew | (No Comments)

The second feature for Tales of Suspense #59 features Captain America in his first silver aged solo adventure. In this issue we have captain america left as the Avenger tending to Avengers mansion while the others are out. Then we have Bull, a criminal ringleader, thinking to take advantage of the situation, seeing the captain as the avengers weakest link. (more…)

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Tales of suspense #59
The Black Knight

October 28, 2014 | Drew | (No Comments)

As I sit down to write a comic book review of the story titled “The Black Knight” featuring Iron man, published in Tales Of Suspense #59, I find that this story (despite a later cover month) would clearly fit before the events of Avengers #9. That small fact out-of-the-way (and the impact on the avengers title is only one panel that would be less understood) I can get on to my synopsis, and review.

Tony Stark becomes Ill as he enters his officein this issue, after seeing the avengers off to a charity benefit, Iron Man stays behind to keep watch over the city. At the same time The Black Knight bust out of jail, and decided to get revenge on the avengers – starting with the one he knows how to find, Iron Man.   This assault starts before our hero can make it back to the factory.  In fact as, tony is walking in, the factory under sedge by the black knight, we also witness Tony Stark suffering from a power attack, causing him to have to retreat to his office, while scaring Pepper and Happy.

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Tales Of Suspense #58 – Tales Of The Watcher
The Watcher Must Die!

April 10, 2014 | Drew | (2 Comments)

For the last of the series  ‘Tales of the Watcher’ backup stories in Tales Of Suspense we have a five page story titled ‘The Watcher Must Die’ . In this story, we witness an armada led by warlord Wrogg confront the watcher on a remote asteroid.  Believing that the watcher can not be as powerful as legends suggest,  he lands and approaches… what happens next? well, you will have to read to find out if the watcher lives on, or if this tale foretells the death of the watcher!  I won’t be spoiling the fun short for you.

What I will say, is it is five pages of the tension being built, leading to an interesting conclusion, with an original but since reused ending.

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Tales Of Suspense #58
Iron Man In Mortal Combat With Captain America!

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In this Iron Man feature, One month before Captain America becomes the regular co-feature of Tales Of Suspense we have the two Heros face-off against each other in a battle of hero’s true to the comic book style of the time. In this issue, the Chameleon convinces Iron Man, that Captain America is the Chameleon. Sending Iron Man off to face the real Captain America. Sound confusing? well, take a gander over the issue and it will all make sense.  (more…)

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Tales Of Suspense #57 Tales Of The Watcher
The Watcher's Power

April 3, 2014 | Drew | (No Comments)

While I feel with most of the super-hero stories  Marvel was at least trying to be a little careful with minting some continuity,  with there other stories (such as ones like the Tales Of the Watcher series) I feel they where less careful then even they should have been.   For in this issue, a group of space pirates set there sights on  an alien world,  only to be stopped by the watcher, whom they knew was ‘around’ but assumed would not be allowed to interfere.  One would say this would be interference in it’s self,  but he has a clever resin for why it is not.   (more…)

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Tales of suspense #57
Hawkeye, The Marksman!

March 10, 2014 | Drew | (No Comments)

The Iron Man story from tails of suspense # 57 is the first appearance of Hawkeye. You may not know -the now famous Avenger- started out then as an adversary for Iron Man. With motivations rooted in jealousy, and an attitude that’s more selfish and egotistical than selfless, is how Hawkeye debuted.

It’s more than just his character that leads him down the path to face off against Iron Man. But a twist of fate and a chance meeting with the Black widow – and already established Iron Man arch nemesis. She through her beauty and seduction, takes the selfish -and possible hero to be- Hawkeye and leads him to face-off against Iron Man. With Hawkeye having high hopes of earning black widows love, a new character and a now long established connection was born. (more…)

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Tales Of Suspense #56 Tales Of The Watcher
The Watcher's Sacrifice!

October 25, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

In this issue, we learn of one thing that the watcher sacrifice’s for his oath and duty, how non interference can extend to love itself.  it is a sad tale, of how he must forsake love; and live with that, but not without its flaws.  In this issue, we see the watcher, “show himself” to the aliens on the distant world.  the purpose, to intervene without doing anything.  this task works, he saves the life of a Queen, and had to not even lift a finger. However, I pose, is this not ‘interfering?’ is there not a flaw in the way the watcher lives out his oath, of watching, more so given he can watch without being seen?    Any of you who have read the Tales of the Watcher feature from  Takes Of Suspense #56, I would love to hear what you think (more…)

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Tales Of Suspense #56 Featuring The Power Of Iron Man
The Uncanny Unicorn

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In this issue, we get to see a side of iron Man’s alter ego Tony stark, that I do not recall seeing yet.  We have seen him as the Rich playboy inventor; but we have as of yet seen him depressed.  This issue starts off with him in a fit of self pity, over having to wear the chest-peace to keep his heart beating, about having to live his life with the two identities caused by the accident.  This leads to an angry  and depressed tony stark, to decide to hang up his suit, retire as Iron man, and lead as much of a normal life as possible, even in the face of the avengers having a need for their golden hero. Fate has a funny way of working on comics though, as the new menace, the Unicorn is seeking out to attack the stark factory, even while Iron Man/ Tony Stark is not around to defend it. (more…)

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Tales Of Suspense #55
The Sun-Stealer!

September 5, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

after our recent stories showing us some of the history of the watcher, we get a tale that shows the watcher in a more modern light, as he is visited on the moon by an alien space craft.  the craft that is set on a go alto steal our earths sun.  but the watcher is forbidden from interfering, only able to watch.  But in this tale, we learn that this may even have its own shades of gray.   (more…)

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Tales Of Suspense #54:Tales Of The Watcher
Hands Off!

August 29, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

Worry not watcher fan’s, I did not forget the tales of the watcher story when i read Tales Of Suspense last week, here is my comic book review of the one from Tales Of Suspense #54 titled “Hands Off!

After last months tale where we learn the origin of the watcher, this month we get another tale evolving the character; where he further learns the importance of his vow.   How sometimes not stopping a seeming horrible thing, can lead to something good?  I do understand that this is to give us background for the watcher, someone whom would become one of the most iconic cosmic beings in the marvel universe. it is just ironic that it comes with such a grim message about doing what we think is best.  but without wasting more words, i would like you to read this short story, and tell me what you think about this classic tale.

 

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Tales Of Suspense #55
A Special Bonus Featurette
All About Iron Man

August 27, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

This is not a comic book review in the normal way, as I see these few pages in Tales Of Suspense as a bonus section designed to give us more information and background on Iron Man and his supporting cast then  a comic story.  In fact, there is no story in this extra bit, but what follows is there:

  • a visual description on how Iron Man suit’s up.
  • A diagram of the key features of the Iron Man costume.
  • an explanation as to the limits of his powers.
  • a reason for why he keeps from getting serious with any of the woman who are after him.
  • Why Happy never smiles.
  • a Pepper Potts Pin up, with loads of information!

These few pages, is something I would suggest any fan of the early iron man stories glance over!  it was a lot of fun.

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Tales Of Suspense #55
No One Escapes The Mandarin

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I could not wait, after reading Tales Of Suspense #54, I had to follow up with part II right away.  Today’s comic book review is of The Iron man feature titled “No One Escapes The Mandarin” from Tales Of Suspense #55.  but how can they follow up the last issue? how can Iron Man escape let alone save the day?   When we last left him, the prospect o even surviving was quite grim.

Then what about Happy and Pepper, how are they managing back home?  This issue’s feature story addresses all of that before it is over. (more…)

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Tales Of Suspense #54
The Mandarin's Revenge

August 24, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

For this comic book review I read the Iron Man feature from Tales Of Suspense #54. this story was titled “The Mandarin’s Revenge” and serves at the first part of a two-part story.

In this tale, Tony Stark goes to Vietnam to investigate the cause of some of his missiles malfunctioning, only after some careful thinking does he concluded that the Mandarin must be responsible and sets out to find a way to stop him.  But does part one of this epic battle live up to all my hopes? (more…)

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Tales Of Suspense #53
The Way It Began...

May 18, 2012 | Drew | (1 Comment)

It is surprising to me, that the watchers races origin, on how they became the watcher’s  would be put here, in his “Tales of the Watcher” section. Up until now they been mostly stories much like the other non superhero tales that used to feature these magazines, but in this issue, we get a look into the origin of a character and race that would be come a cornerstone in the marvel universe.

In the short space of five pages we would come to know the watcher, like we never have before, and just why he can’t interfere.  To their credit and my surprise it was a compelling story at that.

So if you wan’t to know the watcher origin, you will have to read it for yourself, and i strongly suggest you do.   but I for one would love to here what you think, about this story or the watcher?  and do you feel that in a way “we” the readers are the inbodyment of what the watcher should stand for?

 

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Tales Of Suspense #53 Featuring The Power Of Iron Man
The Black Widow Strikes Again!

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Tales Of Suspense #53 is the second appearance of the Black Widow, and coming just one issue after her first, making this story a true follow-up to the events of Tales Of Suspense #52.  This issue, however focuses in more on her character as the central antagonist, then the last one did, but does that alone make it worth reading? Check out my review to find out what I think of “The Black Widow Strikes Again!” from Tales Of Suspense #53.  (more…)

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Tales Of Suspense #52
The Failure!

May 17, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

For this review I read the Tales of the Watcher story from Tales Of Suspense #52, this story is titled “The Failure!” and it is set in earths future, about 300 years. after all war is abolished and peace rains on earth. But then goes on to show that the focus of men, has become business. Almost everyone’s goal is riches and wealth, everyone but Kenn, whom is different.

Kenn  is that worlds ‘failure’ as he is more interested in poetry and nature, and being good to his fellow-man then he is in profit and business, and fortunately for him, he has found the one other human a woman whom can love him for it.

The story however gets interesting when aliens show up on earth, demanding to take him, and we get to watch and see if he is as much a failure as everyone else see’s him to be.  I won’t spoil the ending, but I will quote the watchers last words.

Can any of us ever really know who is a  failure, and who is not?  certanly, not I… Even though I have observed the universe for ages! For I am merely The Watcher!

Great words of wisdom for a comic book if you ask me.

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Tales Of Suspense #52
The Crimson Dynamo Strikes Again!

May 2, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

Can the cover be right, can the hero gone good, the crimson Dynamo turn against  Iron Man, and what of this new menace, the black widow?  all these questions are addressed in  Tales Of Suspense #52, the comic book that I read for this comic book review. But before I even start writing all the reasons you should read this issue, I would strongly suggest that you read  Tales Of suspense #46 before starting this incredible follow-up, even if this issue does do a good job recapping those events early on. (more…)

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Tales Of Suspense #51: Tales Of The Watcher
The Primitive!

April 2, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

Now I move on to another inspired story in the “Tales Of The Watcher” series.  This one, as told from the watcher, is of a human space explorer, seeking out intelligent life, and from planet to planet he finds nothing but lower life forms, be them animals or just primitives, and concludes that these lower forms have nothing to teach him. But is that true? you will just have to read this classic issue of Tales Of Suspense to find out.  (more…)

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Tales Of Suspense #51
The Sinister Scarecrow

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for today’s comic book review I read The Iron Man story published in Tales Of Suspense #51, titled “The Sinister Scarecrow“. In this issue, we have the origin of a new, and strange menace known as the Scarecrow, whose life of crime leads him right into the path of Iron Man as he robs tony stark’s house. But can iron man defeat an opponent whom may just be the strangest he has ever encountered? (more…)

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Tales Of Suspense #50: Tales Of… The Watcher!
Journey's End

March 29, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

Today’s review focuses on the Tales of The Watcher from Tales Of Suspense #50. In this tale, titled Journey’s end, we here the wondrous story of a Meek Man from the 21st century.  The tale of one space pilot named Wilbur Weems.  Weems volunteers for a one way mission in space, as he see’s that unlike his pears he has no reason not too,  but what does he find at his journey’s end? (more…)

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Tales Of Suspense #50
The Hands Of The Mandarin

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for today’s comic book review I read the tale titled “The Hands Of The Mandarin” from Tales Of Suspense #50. In this classic comic book we have Iron Man face to face with the Mandarin for the first time.  but does the story live up to the legacy that would follow from it? (more…)

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Tales Of Suspense #49: Tales Of The Watcher
The Saga Of The Sneepers

March 2, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

This story, much like the one by the wasp reviewed yesterday is framing a tale around the words of the Watcher.  This tale, the tale of the Sneepers, Earths greatest and unmet rivals from afar, is a great one to start these tales with.

to summarize the story, the Sneepers are an advanced race of conquers and slavers, whom have a strong empire in the galaxy.  When they first spot earth from afar they see a primitive civilization not worth their time.  But with the passage of years man advances, more and more so until the sneepers fear if left unchecked man will become a threat to their empire.   Having no ships that can reach earth though they begin trying to develop a weapon that can deal with human kind from afar. Only to stop their efforts when Man develops atomic power and seems to use it as weapons threatening each other. (more…)

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Tales Of Suspense #49
Meets The Angel!

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For today’s comic book review I set out to read and review the Iron Man story from Tales Of Suspense #49.  Hoping for an action pack story, filled with everything one could want, and even from the cover I knew that Iron Man would be up against another hero, X-men’s Angel.  Leaving me to wonder the why’s and hows.  but by the time I got finished, i was left with just one burning question. What where they thinking?

But before I get into that let me give a short summary of the story,  The Angel gets to close to an atomic test at one of Tony Stark’s weapons plants, and despite Iron Man’s best efforts to ward him off takes a strong blast of radiation.   The Radiation changes The Angels mind, making him evil, and now Iron Man has to stop him. (more…)

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Tales Of Suspense #48
The Mysterious Mr. Doll

February 23, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

For today’s comic book review I read Tales Of Suspense #48 where The New Iron Man Battles… The Mysterious Mr. Doll, in a “Book-length Marvel Masterwork!”.   But is this issue, that reveals an all new Iron Man a classic or just an old relic?  and what of the less than ominous sounding Mr. Doll?  is he a menace that invokes fear, or just a sad excuse for a real nemesis?

to summarize the story, Mr. Doll has been somehow making the richest men in the city sign over fortunes and companies to him, going from one wealthy industrialist to another.  Our story picks up, on the last one before he goes after Tony Stark, interestingly enough, as Tony is on route to see him.   Leading to the first encounter between Mr. Doll and Iron Man, one that our hero almost does not survive, struggling with both the mysterious menace and his own internal failing heart.  (more…)

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Tales Of Suspense #47
Iron Man Battles The Melter!

February 9, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

Today I sit down to read and review Tales Of Suspsnse #47,  where we have the tale of “Iron Man Battles The Melter!“.   In this story, we have Iron Man facing a menace that seems to be able to defeat Iron Man, with the ease of just quickly melting away his armor.

But does the Melter make a compelling super Villain? Is Iron Men doomed to go down the drain? or can our hero save the day, even against a foe who can turn his iron armor into nothing but liquid and scrap? (more…)

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Tales Of Suspense #46
Iron Man Faces The Crimson Dynamo!

January 24, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

For today’s comic book review, i read the Iron Man story from Tales Of Suspense #46.  this  is the 8th time iron man graced the pages of that comic book, but the first time his foe is another like himself, a human with a technologically enhanced suit.

The story starts off behind the iron curtain, as Professor Vanko  better known as The Crimson Dynamo Demonstrates his latest developments to Nikita Khrushchev. After this demonstration he is sent off to sabotage Tony Stark’s plants and to destroy Iron Man.   Can Tony Stark or Iron Man get to the bottom of this before  The Crimson Dynamo ruins him and his business? or is bankruptcy in the future for the brilliant weapons developer. (more…)

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Tales Of Suspense #45
The Icy Fingers Of Jack Frost!

December 27, 2011 | Drew | (No Comments)

For Today’s comic book review i read  the Iron Man story from Tales Of Suspense #45, it was titled “The Icy Fingers Of Jack Frost!” and much more important than seeming like a good comic book to pick to review for this december week, is that this story introduces us to  Pepper Pots and Happy Hogan.

a short synopsis of the action part of the story can be summed up in a few short words. After A scientist working for stark tries to steal his secrets, stark has him fires but opts not to arrest him,  but the scientist is far from done with his life of crime, developing a new technology that gives him amazing freezing powers he strikes again.

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Tales Of Suspense #44
Iron Man Faces the Menace of The Mad Pharaoh!

December 16, 2011 | Drew | (No Comments)
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we have already had The Fantastic Four, Thor and Ant-Man travel though time.  This Month its Iron Man’s turn at time travel; sending him 2000 years back into the past to ancient Egypt and the court of Cleopatra.

what can lead to an amazing and suspenseful tale like this, how about i offer us a bit of a summary.  Tony Stark & Iron Man agree to help out an archeological Friend of Stark’s.  At this dig they bring up an antient Mummy of the ” Mad Pharaoh” whom has a magical artifact that he uses to transport him and Tony Stark back in time to Egypt.

His plan is to use Tony Stark’s modern weapons knowledge to his advantage, to succeed at the conquest he failed at those century’s before.  but lucky for us, Mr. Stark has other idea’s involving Iron Man.  Can he stop The Mad Pharaoh and maintain our history? (more…)

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Tales Of Suspense #43
Iron Man Versus Kala, Queen Of The Netherworld!

December 8, 2011 | Drew | (No Comments)

When reading a story, ever get that sense that you read it before? Well that is exactly what I felt like when i sat down to read “Iron Man Versus Kala, Queen Of The Netherworld!” From Takes Of Suspense #43 for my comic book review.   In this case, I can’t help but feel every aspect of the plot has been taken from another story, some even from Iron Man’s Origin.

Here is a synopsis of the story: a vain and evil queen of an underground empire decided that she is going to invade the surface world.  In order to accomplish this task, she kidnaps the one brilliant mind she needs to help her in the task, Tony Stark.  Then sets forth to put Stark to work on building the weapons she needs to complete the task.

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Tales Of Suspense #42
Iron Man Trapped By The Red Barbarian

December 2, 2011 | Drew | (No Comments)
tales of suspense #42

For today Comic Book Review I cover the Iron Man story from Tales Of Suspense #42 titled “Trapped By The Red Barbarian”.  a tale that features a wonderfully expected communist plot to steal the latest weapons plans from Tony Stark, however in this tale,  the menace working for the red barbarian known as the actor learns Iron Man’s secret identity as well as gets the plans.  Can Iron Man learn of this and stop them  in time?

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Tales Of Suspense #41
The Stronghold of Doctor Strange

November 16, 2011 | Drew | (No Comments)

OK, let me get this out-of-the-way before I go any further In this Iron Man story we have Doctor Strange. However this Doctor Strange is not the Doctor Strange you may think he is, that Character by the same name had not yet made his mark on the comic book page in May 1963, He would appear just two months later though in July of 1963 in Strange Tales #110. I will review that book for you in a few weeks so stay tuned. This Doctor Strange portrayed as a diabolical genius, and evil mastermind. and his much unlike the magical, mystical  character that would come soon after this issue to the marvel universe.

Now on to review Iron Man’s story in Tales of Suspense #41, titled “The Stronghold of Doctor Strange!”.  But lets begin by quoting the issue itself, i think that makes a good introduction:

Realizing that the struggle between good and evil is a no-holds-barred duel to the death, Iron Man risks all to stop the most evil villain in history! prepare yourself for electrifying suspense as the mighty night in shinning armor invades

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Tales of suspense #40
Iron Man Versus Gargantus!

November 5, 2011 | Drew | (No Comments)
Tales of suspense 40

Even from the cover, our second iron man story seems to feature our hero, now gold-colored facing off what seems to be some ancient monster of a brute. But what the real question comes down too, is does this story build upon what we were given as an origin the month before?

Also what of Tony Stark, does Iron Man live a double life?  does he keep his identity secret? all kinds of question’s to be responded to that the origin story did not have a need to address. (more…)

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Tales of Suspense #39
Iron Man Is Born!

November 2, 2011 | Drew | (2 Comments)

Who? or what, is the newest, most breath-taking most sensational super hero of all…?

In todays comic book review, we learn the response to the question posed on the cover. I do love origin stories of long running classic hero’s, ones that are well-known and even had movies made after them.  Iron man is one such hero. and today’s comic book review covers Tales of Suspense #39. the short story within is called Iron Man Is Born! This is iron man’s origin story! so find your copy of Tales of suspense, or buy one from Here.then cozy up to read the heart stopping story within.  It is well worth it.
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