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1372: Iron Man #45 (v1)

" Beneath the Armor Beats a Heart "
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Iron Man #45 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Roy Thomas
Cover Artists: Gil Kane
Writers: Gary Friedrich
Pencilers: George Tuska
Inkers: Vincent Colletta
Letterers: Artie Simek
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: March 1972
Release Date: December 1971
Story Arc: -
Pages: 21
Cover Price: $0.20
Times Read: 295                 Times Rated: 191
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Iron Man #43 (v1)
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1370: Iron Man
#43 (v1)
1371: Iron Man
#44a (v1)
1373: Iron Man
#46 (v1)
1374: Iron Man
#44b (v1)
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Issue Blurb
Stark Industries' board of directors attempts a power play against Stark to take his company while Kevin begins to deteriorate psychologically and a Stark Industries plant comes under attack from violent protesters.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  Iron Man
Iron Man last appeared in Iron Man #44a (v1). Iron Man next appears in Iron Man #46 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Marianne Rodgers
Marianne Rodgers last appeared in Iron Man #44a (v1). Marianne Rodgers next appears in Iron Man #46 (v1).
  Kevin O'Brien
Kevin O'Brien last appeared in Iron Man #44a (v1). Kevin O'Brien next appears in Iron Man #46 (v1).
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Marty in the mainstream continuity.
  Mr. Kline
Mr. Kline last appeared in Iron Man #44a (v1). Mr. Kline next appears in Daredevil #84 (v1).
  Night Phantom (Robot)
Night Phantom (Robot) last appeared in Iron Man #44a (v1).
  Simon Gilbert
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Simon Gilbert in the mainstream continuity. Simon Gilbert next appears in Iron Man #46 (v1).
Group Appearances
Stark Industries
Stark Industries last appeared in Iron Man #39 (v1). Stark Industries next appears in Iron Man #46 (v1).
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Iron Man Armor, Model 3
Iron Man Armor, Model 3 last appeared in Iron Man #44a (v1). Iron Man Armor, Model 3 next appears in Iron Man #46 (v1).
Guardsman Armor
Guardsman Armor last appeared in Iron Man #44a (v1). Guardsman Armor next appears in Iron Man #46 (v1).
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Issue Review
   November 23, 2016
It's encouraging to see the series move away from the Mister Kline story, but this isn't great.
One of the main recurring characters is wildly out of character here - merely as a means to drive the story forward - although a possible explanation for his behaviour is put forward by Tony.
Everything else is rushed. Tony's company suddenly about to be taken from him AND students are protesting AND Guardsman joins the traitors AND students are killed. Too much, too fast.
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  leisch Says:    
  2014-02-05 18:31:17  
  According to the indicia, Iron Man has been demoted to bimonthly status.  

  CrangTheCimmerian Says:    
  2014-05-25 06:37:04  
  Pure nonsense. They devised this sick soap opera plot to make a moron out of O'Brien, one of the coolest supporting characters in MU.  

  Johnny Darkness Says:    
  2014-09-17 00:57:36  
  I really like how Tuska portrays Tony Stark.  

  buckyfan Says:    
  2014-11-02 07:01:42  
  Don't worry about the mastermind behind the plot! He's already dead! Huh?  

  MrRsBB Says:    
  2014-11-25 04:58:45  
  Tuska has turned in pretty impressive art in this run and this book is the best so far. Colletta inks are also some of his best to date. We start continuing from last issue and this book feels like a cringeworthy romance book, but it gets better straight away! The story is reasonable and rather believable with a pretty good script. (4)  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2015-01-30 11:23:57  
  This issue was actually much better than the previous ones. I'm surprised that IM went into a bimonthly publishing, that usually means the mag is about to be cancelled.  

  specialque Says:    
  2015-02-09 08:45:18  
  Jesus Christ, how many more Iron Man stories are there in this arc? I just want to read a different, better comic at this point.  

  duncanm Says:    
  2015-02-16 17:08:41  
  And now Marianne is going to marry Stark? Of she is so worm food.
This was a better story for sure, but all of the elements that go in to it (O'Brien going bad, takeover at Stark Industries, kids protesting at the plant) all seemed to come out of nowhere.
At least IM didn't have any power issues this time out.

  j52y Says:    
  2015-03-22 00:21:44  
  This issue would've been great if the issues leading up to this weren't so poorly written. Or if O'Brien's crush on Marianne was remotely earned. Same with Tony's, actually.  

  MattzLadd Says:    
  2016-03-10 03:44:27  
  Kevin's sudden personality change is contrived as hell.  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2016-03-25 15:28:39  
  2 stars for the Guardsman making a play for Stark Industry and Stark's woman!!

Credit Due - Gary Friedrich wrote this issue and it definitely shows!!

Something More Comfortable - Marianne found time to change clothes between issues!!

Cheesecake - Nice view of Marianne lounging in her changing room!!

GQ - Poor Tony, his night ruined...and he was wearing his big ascot scarf too!!

'Rithmetic - Uh-oh, we got another counting error. First it was four protesters that were killed/hurt, and now it's three!!

Wrecking Ball - Iron Man's such a showoff! He couldn't of just came in the broken window that Kevin made, he had to break his own window!!

Tight Fit - They're using the ol' armor makes them crazy bit. Which they will use a lot in the future. I'm not sure, but I think it already happened to Happy or Eddie March...

Game Over - Well, it's a good thing Kevin didn't actually fight a real villain that might have hit his reset button!!!

'Nuff Said - "Stand back, ye blasted trouble-makers! This how Stark Industries deals with your kind!"-Groovy Guardsman

  metsguy Says:    
  2016-12-01 22:58:59  
  That wasn't a very good comic, but the fact that it was coherent and competently executed mark it as a massive improvement over the Conway issues preceding it.  

  VenomousIntent Says:    
  2016-12-10 22:38:42  
  3 stars for Gary trying to make sense of a hot mess.  

  HeffElf Says:    
  2017-01-01 22:51:29  
  So did they pull the eject handle on the Mr. Kline storyline? Boy, I hope so!  

  Katryn Says:    
  2017-02-07 20:25:18  
  So the good news is that someone FINALLY figured out that Tony Stark is Iron Man. The bad news is that she thinks heart seizures are a thing.  

  Russ Says:    
  2017-03-03 16:53:57  
  This is still a pretty bad story arc, but this issue is indeed a marked improvement over the last four. I can at least say this one was readable, even if it used a lot of elements we've already seen before.

Gilbert's your uhmm, Stark raving lunatic with delusions of grandeur. I wonder how he got voted onto the board in the first place if he had a reputation for stuff like this (pg 8 pn 5). If I were on the board, I might be enticed by a change at the top, but Gilbert wanting some kids dead doesn't make me want to support him; that's really really bad PR. And karma.

And I don't think the Mr. Kline story is quite yet done, but was a spoiler dropped about him? (pg 5 pn 6)

2 stars. Tony's armored toys making selfish jerks out of users not named Tony Stark? How is this guy still in business anyway?

  CrazyforRAMU Says:    
  2017-04-28 18:57:54  
  Contrived as it is for Kevin to turn bad, I can't say I'm gonna miss that beardy orange stereotype. That dude couldn't be more generically Oirish if he was a leprechaun - a scenario I bet the Bullpen would have tried if they thought they could get away with it.  

  Allencthulhu Says:    
  2017-10-22 11:31:29  
  There's an old saying in comedy: "Drop the cow." It means, when you've told the joke, drop it and go on to something new. Mr. Klein and the Senatorial shenanigans were that cow.

However, they might have dropped the Senatorial but they've replaced it with Boardroom shenanigans. Aargh.

They've messed up Kevin, who was the best supporting character in this feature since Happy. However, I'm beginning to warm to Marianne.

Seriously, though: enough with the love triangles! ENOUGH!

Two Stars.

  Saithrenslot Says:    
  2017-11-02 04:12:16  
  I can't figure out why Stan Lee would spoil the Death of Mr. Kline like that.  

  JonahBlack Says:    
  2017-12-01 11:24:50  
  I hate it when good ideas are spoiled by their execution. The three important plotlines here are all perfectly serviceable, if not good. Marianne as a love interest, the fall of Kevin O'Brian, and Stark's ouster all have legs, but most everything is rushed, and where it's not rushed, it buried under melodrama. I'll echo sentiments above that I'm glad we're done with Mr Kline.  

  benmason486 Says:    
  2018-01-31 12:56:07  
  Marianne in her undies is nice, but completely unnecessary to the story.

Simon, that is not how it works. You can't move up the vote just because you didn't get Tony's reaction to your telegraph.

Tony's getting married; and Kevin completely loses it. Because he couldn't see that as an outcome of dating Marianne.

This is slightly better than the ones before it, but only slightly.

Of course, the suit would effect Kevin's mind.

These kids are more proteges of Malcolm X, than of Martin Luther King, Jr.

  Marksman Says:    
  2018-02-04 12:32:44  
  Why would Kevin have a framed picture of Marianne, who he just recently met?

So, if Tony's armors make people selfish jerks, why hasn't it affected Tony? Umm, never mind...

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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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   April 13, 2018 ViolentPhlegm
   February 6, 2018 TStarnes Added Guardsman Armor listing.
   February 6, 2018 TStarnes Added Guardian[appost]s Battle Suit listing.
   February 6, 2018 TStarnes Added Iron Man Armor, Model 3 listing.
   February 6, 2018 TStarnes
   February 6, 2018 TStarnes
   December 1, 2017 fragsel Added Stark Industries to the issue.
   December 1, 2017 fragsel Added Marty to the issue.
   March 10, 2016 MattzLadd Updated the listing for Mr. Kline.
   March 10, 2016 MattzLadd Added Simon Gilbert to the issue.
   March 27, 2015 fragsel Added Night Phantom (Robot) to the issue.
   September 6, 2014 Robareid Changed comic details.
   May 24, 2013 TStarnes Added Creator Listing.
   May 5, 2013 jfpj1991 Added blurb for this issue.
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