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1517: Iron Man #48 (v1)

" The Fury and the Inferno "
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Iron Man #48 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Roy Thomas
Cover Artists: Gil Kane
Writers: Mike Friedrich
Pencilers: George Tuska
Inkers: Vincent Colletta
Letterers: Artie Simek
Editors: Roy Thomas
Cover Date: July 1972
Release Date: April 1972
Story Arc: -
Pages: 21
Cover Price: $0.20
Times Read: 273                 Times Rated: 175
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Issue Blurb
Tony Stark takes back control of his company from a manipulative board of directors. Gilbert, bent on revenge, hires Firebrand for a mission of vengeance.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  Iron Man
Iron Man last appeared in Avengers #104 (v1). Iron Man next appears in Iron Man #49 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Marianne Rodgers
Marianne Rodgers last appeared in Amazing Adventures #12 (v2). Marianne Rodgers next appears in Iron Man #49 (v1).
Firebrand last appeared in Iron Man #27 (v1). Firebrand next appears in Iron Man #59 (v1).
  Simon Gilbert
Simon Gilbert last appeared in Iron Man #47 (v1). Simon Gilbert next appears in Iron Man #75 (v3). He dies in this issue.
Group Appearances
Stark Industries
Stark Industries last appeared in Amazing Adventures #14 (v2). Stark Industries next appears in Iron Man #49 (v1).
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Firebrand Battlesuit
Firebrand Battlesuit last appeared in Iron Man #27 (v1). Firebrand Battlesuit next appears in Iron Man #59 (v1).
Iron Man Armor, Model 3
Iron Man Armor, Model 3 last appeared in Avengers #104 (v1). Iron Man Armor, Model 3 next appears in Iron Man #49 (v1).
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Issue Review
   November 19, 2015
The twist at the end is great. But... it really doesn't make a lot of sense.
Apart from that: an okay issue.
There's a nice balance between superhero action, boardroom antics and Tony's personal life (and personal demons).
The villain has a nice line in speeches, too.
Had Mike Friedrich left the twist out, I would have enjoyed the issue much more.
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  Xythe Says:    
  2013-08-21 07:41:39  
  Awwww, now I have that Bloodhound Gang song stuck in my head. Thanks Firebrand.  

  chrys Says:    
  2013-09-08 01:45:35  
  Firebrand is unbearable.  

  skalchemist Says:    
  2013-11-07 22:30:50  
  Tony's haircut is just...unspeakable.  

  DrBaxter Says:    
  2013-11-28 08:38:24  
  Marianne comments on Tony drinking too much... Looks like it's the death of Kevin O'Brien and the board of directors trying to take over that got him to start drinking.  

  leisch Says:    
  2014-02-10 14:22:49  
  So Tony just flies off and let's the guy who wants to unseat him blow up with no effort to save him. Kind of suspicious.  

  illcom94 Says:    
  2014-07-23 15:00:40  
  They keep almost making decent stories for Iron Man.  

  MrRsBB Says:    
  2014-12-29 03:43:16  
  Not a lot of backgrounds here. Just more death! In the letters, a reader hammers George Tuska, I couldn't disagree more. I have made it known, I do not care for Gene Colan's work. This issue doesn't go too far, but there are hints of a dark future which is nice to see. Script was ok, altho Mike Friedrich exhibits a case of the Roy Thomases(2+)  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2015-02-19 08:06:19  
  Since when has Iron Man decided it was ever too late to save someone's life? he's always been one of the penultimate do-gooders of the Marvel Universe. It just so happens this was the guy that wanted to oust Stark, even though how everything transpired seems far-fetched in modern day corporate America. To me, this marred the issue, even though it sort of shows the human qualities of a super-hero in a sense.  

  duncanm Says:    
  2015-04-10 19:50:33  
  Stark seemed completely out of character this whole issue, not just at the end. He was a complete jerk to everyone, and I get the fact that his buddy died, but that doesn't make it feel like it makes any more sense to me...other than the end. I don't think Tony left Gilbert to die because he was trying to take over Stark Industries, after all Tony had already fired him (and with Stark being the majority owner, how did he think that wouldn't happen?). Rather, if anything, Stark didn't try to save him because he caused Kevin's death. Still kinda out of character, but more understandable.  

  Vancelot Says:    
  2015-10-21 16:26:36  
  The story was meh, but this issue sets up so much of the Iron Man/Tony Stark story. I imagine he was behaving differently because it will turn out he was drinking already at this point. This issue wasn't great bc of the story, but for the setup.  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2016-08-18 21:01:37  
  2 stars for the return of Firebrand the loudmouth mouthpiece of the younger generation!!!

Cover Me - Great image of Firebrand branding Iron Man!!

Blinders - How could Tony miss Marianne when she's rockin' that purple mini??!!!

Iron Douche - Guys, this isn't the first time that Iron Man has left people to die! In Iron Man #1 he left all those people on a sinking ship! And don't forget in Iron Man #26 he would've killed off Val-Larr and all of Lumina if the Collector hadn't of stepped in!!!

'Nuff Said - "It's vibrating! It's working again!"-Iron Stud

  Russ Says:    
  2017-04-16 17:50:56  
  If anything, by leaving Gilbert in that building right before it blew, it shows that Tony isn't afraid to make the tough decisions. That trait probably came from his dad one way or another, and it's how Stark Industries is still in business in spite of its many comers. So yeah, I think it's in character, but that doesn't mean death doesn't eat him up inside (as evidenced by his drinking, and it's interesting to note this is the first documented hint about his excessive alcohol consumption).

As far as Firebrand goes, I'm having a difficult time taking him seriously for his causes. I get why he's upset at Iron Man for deserting Gilbert in that building, but I question his priorities. At this point, he's merely coming across as a whiny, power-mad punk, rather than a self-professed champion of his cause. That takes away from any potential impact out of his stories.

3 stars. We'll be looking for signs of Tony's drinking issues from here on out; about the only reason to follow this book at this stage.

  Katryn Says:    
  2017-05-09 17:58:41  
  I totally thought Firebrand was black.  

  blueballs9 Says:    
  2017-12-02 20:10:26  
  I'd never make it as a hero. I would have let firebrand go after him and considered two problems solved.  

  JonahBlack Says:    
  2018-01-31 11:43:28  
  This was shaping up to be a pretty serviceable issue. The dealings with Gilbert, his relationship with Marianne, and even some foreshadowing of the Demon in a Bottle story line. I even liked Firebrand. He has an interesting motivation, and is nicely different from most other villains.

The reveal at the end, though, was totally contrived and unnecessary. Firebrand doesn't need any additional reasons to fight Iron Man, and Gilbert getting his comeuppance was appropriate, and a good hook for additional problems. There was no reason to tie Gilbert and Firebrand together together.

  Marksman Says:    
  2018-02-23 17:29:02  
  A letter from Paty from Walker Valley, NY. That's Paty Greer who will become part of the Marvel production staff in the 70s and marry Dave Cockrum.  

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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 7, 2018 TStarnes Added Iron Man Armor, Model 3 listing.
   February 7, 2018 TStarnes Added Firebrand Battlesuit listing.
   February 7, 2018 TStarnes
   February 7, 2018 TStarnes
   May 5, 2016 MattzLadd Updated the listing for Simon Gilbert.
   May 5, 2016 MattzLadd Updated the listing for Iron Man.
   May 5, 2016 MattzLadd Added Stark Industries to the issue.
   March 10, 2016 MattzLadd Added Simon Gilbert to the issue.
   August 30, 2013 fragsel Updated the listing for Firebrand.
   May 20, 2013 jfpj1991 Added blurb for this issue.
   April 29, 2013 TStarnes Changed comic details.
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