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1368: Iron Man #41 (v1)

" The Claws of the Slasher "
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Iron Man #41 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: George Tuska, Frank Giacoia
Writers: Gerry Conway
Pencilers: George Tuska
Inkers: Jim Mooney
Letterers: Artie Simek
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: September 1971
Release Date: June 1971
Story Arc: -
Pages: 19
Cover Price: $0.15
Times Read: 295                 Times Rated: 191
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Daredevil #82 (v1)
Daredevil #83 (v1)
Iron Man #41 (v1)
Iron Man #42 (v1)
Iron Man #43 (v1)
1366: Daredevil
#82 (v1)
1367: Daredevil
#83 (v1)
1369: Iron Man
#42 (v1)
1370: Iron Man
#43 (v1)
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Issue Blurb
Stark must deal with Congress and decide his involvement with Marianne while Iron Man has even more pressing matters to handle.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  Iron Man
Iron Man last appeared in Avengers #97 (v1). Iron Man next appears in Iron Man #42 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Harrington Byrd
Harrington Byrd last appeared in Iron Man #10 (v1). Harrington Byrd next appears in Iron Man #99 (v1).
  Marianne Rodgers
Marianne Rodgers last appeared in Iron Man #40 (v1). Marianne Rodgers next appears in Iron Man #42 (v1).
  Ben Crandal
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Ben Crandal in the mainstream continuity. Ben Crandal next appears in Iron Man #42 (v1).
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Danny in the mainstream continuity.
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Christine in the mainstream continuity.
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Lucie in the mainstream continuity.
  Mr. Kline
Mr. Kline last appeared in Daredevil #83 (v1). Mr. Kline next appears in Iron Man #42 (v1).
  The Slasher
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by The Slasher in the mainstream continuity.
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Demetrius in the mainstream continuity.
  Mysterious Character
Mysterious Character last appeared in Daredevil #81 (v1). Mysterious Character next appears in Daredevil #84 (v1).
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Iron Man Armor, Model 3
Iron Man Armor, Model 3 last appeared in Avengers #97 (v1). Iron Man Armor, Model 3 next appears in Iron Man #42 (v1).
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Issue Review
   November 23, 2016
Starts off strong, with two interesting villains bickering while undertaking a mission for someone. Scenes with Stark highlight drama in both his love life and business life. Very entertaining. Script stumbles a little in the final conflict, when one of the villain's is revealed to have even more powers than previously revealed. But there's an interesting use for Tony's girlfriend. 7/10
   September 30, 2014
Jim Mooney's wondrous work can't save this book. The word count is diabolically high. There is an interesting development, but Stark's discombobulated self-talk and continual muttering is puzzling. Inking falls apart at the end....I mean, who are these dodgy villians of late? (2-)
   December 7, 2009
I am split on this issue. Part of it is actually not half bad, and the other half is terrible. The stuff involving Tony himself and his balancing act between rich playboy and super-hero is pretty good. Even the dialog, which at this time is still universally crummy, isnít cringe worthy. Lee does a good job of showing the conflict he goes through.

The flip side is the Iron Man portion of the story. Dr. Strange, not to be confused with the Master of Mysticism Dr. Strange, is really really bad. His dialog is painful and difficult to read. And every oneís response to Iron Manís hypnotism is also pretty bad. They recognize he is hypnotised by the stiff way he walksÖBut this is a guy in a big metal suit, you would think he walks stiff all the time.

It is interested culturally from our place now to see the talk of A-Bombs throughout this issue. While itís clear through out the 60ís the affect nuclear energy and weapons have on the writers, this is one of the first times we see how starkly they focus on the weapons themselves. And how common place it is in a book still clearly aimed at kids. Everyone thinks detailed explanations of every action they take, but they talk about a-bombs with no more then a passing comment. Scary when you mull that over.
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  Kez Says:    
  2012-06-15 03:02:38  
  Iron Man is pathetically weak in this issue.  

  Wady Says:    
  2012-10-11 19:07:05  
  All those repulsor rays for nothing  

  Duhhaag Says:    
  2012-11-02 11:01:08  
  The Iron Man issues are ont he same level as DD, not good....  

  leisch Says:    
  2014-02-05 17:05:34  
  Slasher & Demetrius are pathetic.  

  Johnny Darkness Says:    
  2014-11-21 21:32:37  
  I guess I liked it more than anyone else. Especially the villains' eccentric behavior.  

  Johnny Darkness Says:    
  2014-11-21 21:36:12  
  Anyone else notice the weird letter from "Gollum" in the lettercol?  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2015-01-29 14:35:59  
  What happened to the Iron Man series? Tony reduced to a bumbling woman overthinking every little thing!  

  specialque Says:    
  2015-02-08 08:29:35  
  I'm at the point where I dread seeing this title pop up in the order. This issue was just so bad and over-written.  

  duncanm Says:    
  2015-02-16 13:42:13  
  Since when did Tony have such big power issues again? I thought that was fixed years ago?!
And we have a dame that will be able to guess Tony's dual identity, and he's concerned for her safety. I don't see this ending well for her...

  phogbear @ Johnny Darkness (original post):    
  2015-09-13 22:17:59  
  That was the best part of the book.  

  Vancelot Says:    
  2015-10-09 00:10:24  
  Iron man has replaced DD as the worst comic. There hasn't been a good issue in some time.  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2016-03-23 20:37:20  
  2 stars for the 1st app of Demitrius & Slasher! Who I'm sure will go on to greatness!! Especially with those marvelous matching costumes!!!

Cover Me - I like it that it mentions the Slasher, but shows Demitrius instead! Also, his costume and tentacles are colored different!!

The Boss - I know what to get Travis Starnes for Christmas! A monogramed Tony Stark belt buckle!! (p6,p5)

High Times - Iron Man takes off from the plane, and the sound he makes is SSHHRROOM?!

Getaway - And who is the mysterious Lucie with the umpire's chest padding??

Perky - It looks like Demitrius has boobies with his tentacles...

'Nuff Said - "That was your power? That?"-The Slasher

  ViolentPhlegm Says:    
  2016-08-28 11:24:55  
  Ugh... What could be worse than armour-nipples? Oh, of course... brain-breasts with pincer-nipples.  

  ClownShoes Says:    
  2016-11-29 00:05:22  
  The way Iron Man gently lowers that woman with his repulsor ray seems unlikely, and it's depicted as if he is using a Green Lantern ring or something with way more control.  

  Katryn Says:    
  2017-02-06 05:59:25  
  Hehe, it looks like Iron Man is trying to put his fingers in his ears through his helmet to block the sonic thingy. I'm probably overly amused by that.  

  Russ Says:    
  2017-03-03 11:30:03  
  Marianne's mental abilities might be a little interesting here; out of left field for this type of mag but they still might work. I also thought Iron Man had the power bugs worked out in this suit. Is his new pacemaker having increasing power demands? I don't think I like this story device; we've seen it how many times now? Most people in his condition wouldn't just talk about retiring, they'd have simply done it by now.

2 stars. Pretty forgettable villains here, too. I have a feeling this arc is going to be a slog to get through.

  Allencthulhu Says:    
  2017-10-22 10:51:13  
  There was a lot of interesting pieces here.

The weird Congressional/Senatorial conspiracy has reeled in another industrialist along with Stark and the late, lamented Cord.

Our Mr. Klein has shuffled over from the pages of Daredevil to bedevil the Armored Avenger.

Also interesting is both Marianne's and Demetrius's precognition abilities.

This could have been a solid story but for Gerry Conway's overheated melodramatic narration which took the life right out of the story. It's about this time he stops writing like that as witnessed in Daredevil, and gets better quickly.

I can't wait, but until then...

Two Stars.

  benmason486 Says:    
  2017-12-07 16:14:43  
  Two characters with ESP of some sort. It's amazing how coincidences like that keep popping up.

The Kline storyline is an interesting exercise.

Overall, I think this storyline is not that great, but at least the Daredevil issues have been better than the rest of his general run.

  Oman19 Says:    
  2018-02-27 16:01:37  
  Ugh....Fels like 90 percent of Marvel is wrote by Gerry Conway right now. Probably because he uses 90 percent more words than anyone else. I dread seeing him as the writer.  

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Marvel Masterworks: Iron Man, Volume 8
This collection includes Iron Man #39 (v1), Iron Man #40 (v1), Iron Man #41 (v1), Iron Man #42 (v1), Iron Man #43 (v1), Iron Man #44a (v1), Iron Man #45 (v1), Iron Man #46 (v1), Iron Man #47 (v1), Iron Man #48 (v1), Iron Man #49 (v1), Iron Man #50 (v1), Iron Man #52 (v1), Iron Man #53 (v1)
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Date User Name Update
   April 13, 2018 ViolentPhlegm
   February 6, 2018 TStarnes Added Iron Man Armor, Model 3 listing.
   February 6, 2018 TStarnes
   February 6, 2018 TStarnes
   December 1, 2017 fragsel Added Baal (Earth-71778) to the issue.
   December 1, 2017 fragsel Added Lucie to the issue.
   December 1, 2017 fragsel Added Christine to the issue.
   December 1, 2017 fragsel Added Danny to the issue.
   March 9, 2016 MattzLadd Added Demitrius to the issue.
   March 9, 2016 MattzLadd Added The Slasher to the issue.
   March 9, 2016 MattzLadd Added Ben Crandal to the issue.
   May 23, 2015 TStarnes Moved this issue.
   December 30, 2013 jfpj1991 Added blurb for this issue.
   October 20, 2013 TStarnes Updated the listing for Mr. Kline.
   October 10, 2013 skalchemist Updated the listing for Mr. Kline.
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