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1528: Iron Man #50 (v1)

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Iron Man #50 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Roy Thomas
Cover Artists: Gil Kane, Frank Giacoia
Writers: Mike Friedrich
Pencilers: George Tuska
Inkers: Vincent Colletta
Letterers: John Costanza
Editors: Roy Thomas
Cover Date: September 1972
Release Date: June 1972
Story Arc: -
Pages: 20
Cover Price: $0.20
Times Read: 265                 Times Rated: 168
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Issue Blurb
After being abandoned by a hysterical Marianne, Iron Man has only a few short seconds to reach a power source. If he survives this ordeal, he will be forced to reconsider certain aspects of his life.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  Iron Man
Iron Man last appeared in Iron Man #49 (v1). Iron Man next appears in Iron Man #51 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Marianne Rodgers
Marianne Rodgers last appeared in Iron Man #49 (v1). Marianne Rodgers next appears in Iron Man #51 (v1).
Jarvis last appeared in Avengers #102 (v1). Jarvis next appears in Captain America #154 (v1).
  Cyborg Sinister
Cyborg Sinister last appeared in Iron Man #49 (v1). Cyborg Sinister next appears in Iron Man #51 (v1).
  Princess Python
Princess Python last appeared in Thor #173 (v1). Princess Python next appears in Daredevil #118 (v1).
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Jarr in the mainstream continuity. Jarr next appears in Iron Man #51 (v1).
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Tyrr in the mainstream continuity. Tyrr next appears in Iron Man #51 (v1).
Group Appearances
Stark Industries
Stark Industries last appeared in Iron Man #49 (v1). Stark Industries next appears in Iron Man #51 (v1).
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Iron Man Armor, Model 3
Iron Man Armor, Model 3 last appeared in Iron Man #49 (v1). Iron Man Armor, Model 3 next appears in Iron Man #51 (v1).
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Issue Review
   November 19, 2015
A curious mixture of 'Average' and 'Lame'.
The battle and subplot bits are fine.
The girlfriend stuff is annoying.
It is a packed issue, too.
Lots of story strands vying for attention.
Princess Python makes an oddly sympathetic villain and the stuff on Bast is interesting.
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  sewixo Says:    
  2012-06-24 04:43:04  
  Princess Python must've been pretty high to try and tackle Iron Man. What did she think was gonna happen?  

  spencer617 Says:    
  2013-07-26 08:29:08  
  Ah, if only they had kept the policy mentioned in the letters page of not bringing back dead characters.  

  leisch Says:    
  2014-02-10 16:10:15  
  Princess Python vs. Iron Man? Who in the bullpen actually thought that was a legitimate matchup?  

  MrRsBB Says:    
  2015-01-06 16:57:01  
  My goodness, another dog! The art is just passably average, if not bad at times. This story?!? What on earth! Who cares!?! Not me, it feels like we are headed back to the awful Mr. Kline plot. Really, I'll never get that 20 minutes back. Just as they were getting this back on track, an absolute dud! (1+)

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2015-02-20 12:11:21  
  What the crap did I just read?  

  duncanm Says:    
  2015-04-14 14:01:18  
  I liked it. Sure Princess Python was never a threat to Iron Man, but she wasn't supposed to be, she was trying to kidnap Stark and take off before he got there. And I really on saw that as window dressing for the real stories going on: The relationship crossroads with his crazy woman, and the resurrected (and pretty badass looking) Adaptoid due to those micro-worlders. Damn micro-worlders.  

  MattzLadd Says:    
  2016-05-09 17:32:47  
  A three-month old blind deaf rabbit wouldn't have been fooled by Tony's excuses, so from now on I believe that Jarvis knows that Tony is Iron Man.  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2016-09-11 11:42:37  
  2 stars for Princess Python trying to put the squeeze on Tony Stark!!!

Please Wait - Ugh, 4 pages of Iron Man in charging mode...while in his beryllium underwear!!!

Tension - Yet another awkward passing between Stark and Jarvis!!!

Snake Charmer - It sounds like Princess Python has bigger problems being a strung-out working girl and all...

My Precious - Awww...I'm going to miss the big lug!!!

Cyborg Sinister - At least he looks cooler now!!

'Nuff Said - "I am falling--I cannot control my activities!"-Super Duper Adaptoid

  ClownShoes Says:    
  2017-04-13 07:15:53  
  What's with all this "Scene 11" "Scene 12" stuff? Are those production notes that accidentally ended up in print, or just a weird story telling device?  

  Russ Says:    
  2017-04-19 21:31:27  
  This is the one where Eve and the serpent team-up to give Iron Man an apple! Or something like that....

The ending was really confusing though. I have no idea what those cut scenes in the last couple of pages were supposed to accomplish. However, Princess Python did make for an intriguing villain this time around, even if it was technically no match. But if that snake had made his heart nearly go out again, I was going to call shenanigans!

2 stars. Marianne is a cute blonde, but her ESP is playing up even more drama where there shouldn't be. I'm not really fond of it right now.

  dadoodoflow Says:    
  2017-04-25 06:53:52  
  I kind of liked Princess Python in this. She felt desperate and sick in the head. It's stupid that her snake is in anyway able to hold its own against Iron Man.

The bit with Stark being captured on tv was nicely done. Otherwise a pointless, useless comic.

  Katryn Says:    
  2017-05-11 17:52:19  
  I actually don't mind Princess Python, but this loses a star for Iron Man killing the snake in a vat of acid. Animal cruelty was clearly not a hot topic in the early 70s.  

  CrazyforRAMU Says:    
  2017-07-16 11:03:08  
  This hot mess has endless problems, but one I think previous commenters haven't addressed is how horribly out-of-character Tony and Marianne sound. It's like they're reading out a one-act play written by a self-indulgent goth sophomore. They sound utterly unlike actual humans.

And yet Princess Python gets a flawless, realistic voice. She's a sad, loopy, desperate woman who almost-but-not-quite knows that kidnapping Tony Stark is a *terrible* idea. She's at the end of her rope. She's weak in a regrettable, sympathetic way.

I honestly can't understand how the author came up with such a compelling tragic figure while making such an utter mess of the main story. Tyrr and Jarr from the f@(%*#g micro-world of Bast?

I want to give Princess Python two sympathy stars but I'm so angry with the rest of this trainwreck that I'm searching for the zero stars option.

  Allencthulhu Says:    
  2017-11-30 12:14:44  
  I gave this one a third star because of Princess Python's breakdown.

  blueballs9 Says:    
  2017-12-03 08:10:37  
  Pretty sure that you should never try to shock a constrictor that's already wrapped around you. Just sayin.  

  JonahBlack Says:    
  2018-02-03 11:06:00  
  There's a cool story in here with Marianne's vision, the adaptoid / cyborg, and the post apocalypse villains, but it's buried under over-wrought dialog, mediocre art, and experimental-but-unsuccessful storytelling techniques.

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   February 7, 2018 TStarnes Added Iron Man Armor, Model 3 listing.
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   May 9, 2016 MattzLadd Updated the listing for Iron Man.
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   September 19, 2015 fragsel Added Tyrr to the issue.
   September 19, 2015 fragsel Added Jarr to the issue.
   November 16, 2013 TStarnes Added Creator Listing.
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   November 10, 2013 skalchemist Updated the listing for Circus of Crime.
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