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271: Tales of Suspense #63 (v1) [A Story]

" Somewhere Lurks the Phantom! "
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Tales of Suspense #63a (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Don Heck
Writers: Stan Lee
Pencilers: Don Heck
Inkers: Dick Ayers
Letterers: Sam Rosen
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: March 1965
Release Date: December 1964
Story Arc: -
Pages: 12
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 793                 Times Rated: 434
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A series of accidents in Stark's factories could cause Tony to lose his government contracts.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  Iron Man
Iron Man last appeared in Tales of Suspense #62a (v1). Iron Man next appears in Tales of Suspense #64a (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Happy Hogan
Happy Hogan last appeared in Tales of Suspense #61a (v1). Happy Hogan next appears in Tales of Suspense #64a (v1).
  Pepper Potts
Pepper Potts last appeared in Tales of Suspense #61a (v1). Pepper Potts next appears in Tales of Suspense #64a (v1).
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In "Somewhere Lurks the Phantom" Iron Man arrives back from his battle with the Mandarin. He is so tired that he refuses to see Dr. Birch so that he can recharge. Pepper and Happy, meanwhile, still believe Tony Start is dead and mourn his loss.

Back to full strength, Tony begins experimenting with his suit so that he can take it off and still live, and tell the world that Tony Stark is still alive. After some time in his lab, Tony is able to figure out a way to make his life-saving technology work without his full suit. He shows up at his office the next day, telling Pepper and Happy that he had got engaged and was off with his fiancee. Though secretly, Tony is in love with Pepper, he wants her to be in a functional relationship with Happy, something he cannot provide. Preoccupied, Start meets with Dr. Birch but blows him off quickly.

At night, a costumed villain calling himself the Phantom sabotages a Stark International plant, and gets away before anyone can spot him. Over the next few days, the Phantom sabotages a few more plants and threatens to harm workers. Iron Man attempts to locate the Phantom, but he manages to get away every time.

With more accidents occurring, the union begins to put pressure on Stark, telling him they will strike if the Phantom is not found in 24 hours. Realizing that this could be the end of his company, Iron Man takes off in search of the Phantom.

At night, he finally manages to catch up to the Phantom, who is preparing to sabotage one of the most integral parts of the plant. They battle back and forth, as Iron Man continues to try and stop him from any further destruction. Eventually, the Phantom attempts to climb up a rocket, but Iron Man uses his jets to meet him at the top, and trap him inside.

After the Phantom is handed over to the police, he is revealed to be Dr. Birch, who felt he was ignored by Stark and Iron Man alike.

In "The Origin of Captain America" we flash back to the World War II era, where a secret military operation is underway. The goal of the top secret project is to create a serum that creates the perfect soldier, administered by Dr. Erskine. Steve Rogers is chosen as the program's first test subject, as his was body was too frail to be considered for the military. After drinking Erskine's super serum, Rogers immediately gets immense strength and speed, his body completely transformed. But a Nazi spy had been waiting for that moment, and takes a shot at Rogers. It misses Rogers, but hits Erskine and kills him. Rogers pursues him, but the spy stumbles and dies as well. The formula for the serum only ever existed in Erskine's head, leaving Rogers one of a kind.

Rogers dons the persona of Captain America and begins fighting back agains the Nazis in World War II, with many heroic adventures. To mask his identity, Rogers acts like a bumbling soldier under the command of Sergeant Duffy. That way, no one asks any questions about his secret identity. While at base, he meets Bucky Barnes, the base's official mascot. They become close friends and Rogers takes Bucky under his wing.

One night, Bucky stumbles into Rogers' tent, and sees him changing out of his Captain America uniform. Cap's only choice is to allow Bucky to join him as his sidekick. After weeks of intense training, the two embark on their first mission together, intercepting Nazi's trying to sneak into the country. The two heroes are up to the task, and together are able to defeat the Nazi's and blow up the submarine they arrived in. Bucky's training pays off when he is prepared for the mission, and the two vow to keep working together to help turn the tide in World War II.
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  Safis Says:    
  2012-08-04 16:00:14  
  I kind of wish they would have better explained Tony Stark's discovery of how he can remove his armour safely, but all the same, a good story and the end of a nice little arc.

Also, nice to see Captain America's origin at last! I am really surprised to hear that they're going to be breaking up the timeline so that here he's in the 40s, but in Avengers he's in the 60s though!

  Anonymous Says:    
  2012-08-19 11:56:47  
  Origin of Captain America, by Lee and Kirby. Not sure why someone would criticize that.  

  instantdeath999 Says:    
  2012-09-23 21:49:28  
  I'd say having the Captain America feature be WWII stories is probably the best move Stan could have made. The man knows his audience.  

  specialque Says:    
  2012-10-06 21:26:26  
  Iron Man story was blah, how does his engagement explain him laying sick in bed last issue, the resolution to the story sucked, Happy's kind of a dick, blah blah blah.

Now to the important matters...THAT'S how you do a Captain America story, and I'm glad Stan finally figured it out. The story was great, and that artwork was amazing. Those were some of the most dynamic action scenes I've seen yet in a Marvel comic. Bucky's a fun sidekick who isn't annoying, and these stories have weight to them, making Bucky's death meaningful. I haven't read any golden age Cap stories so I don't know how much are going to be either reprints, retellings, or what, but THIS is the right direction for a solo Captain America feature.

  cmp_doctor Says:    
  2012-12-27 20:36:05  
  I give it four stars for the incredible Capt America origin story. The Ironman story is pretty hard to get through.  

  TheMarvelMan Says:    
  2013-01-14 10:50:49  
  The best telling of Cap's origin ever! Lee and Kirby rule!  

  chrisWhite Says:    
  2013-02-07 12:40:58  
  Iron Man was lame and I'm so sick of the same romance melodrama repeating over and over in so many of Stan's comics. The guy really needed to bed someone so he could get past whatever this all is.

On the other hand, Captaim America was awesome! Definitely one of most dynamic issues yet in the order. Fantastic pace, great story, good action; I hope we get a lot more of this!

  minicheddaz Says:    
  2013-02-26 16:33:05  
  had the iron man story been as good as the previous few then i would have rated this book 4 stars. it was a very disappointing end to a pretty good run. i especially disliked the love triangle silliness between stark, happy and pepper. it made stark come off a bit wet. the villain was a bit rubbish as well.

the cap origin was fair enough though. best cap story so far (which isn't that hard considering!) and as other commenters have stated, this is a good way to deal with him by taking him back to the war with bucky- gives us marvelites a taste of the golden age and some of bucky's history too! "i'm gonna work you hard boy day and night!" oo-eer!

  sputnix Says:    
  2013-05-13 16:00:36  
  before Stark found this "fix" he was wearing the chestplate under his clothes; this wasn't good enough so he had to be iron man all the time, then Stark finds a "fix" which allows him to remove everything but the chestplate which he wears under his clothes...........  

  leisch Says:    
  2013-08-03 07:26:25  
  So a suspenseful story arc through the last 4 or 5 issues is wiped away with a 1 panel "I invented something". That sucks.
Cap's origin-one of the all time great origin stories in comics. Now let's get this Cap series moving!

  arsenal009 Says:    
  2013-08-19 15:16:53  
  The panel layout of the Captain America comics from the 40's looked nicer than the comics from the 60's Marvel Universe. It's as if the art devolved...  

  tbloom94 Says:    
  2013-09-19 00:37:31  
  I love how Cap acts like a bumbling idiot as his alter ego, I wish they did that in the movie instead of him looking like a bumbling idiot all the time!  

  Antifa Says:    
  2013-10-04 18:15:54  
  iron man one is so predictable. "oh, i wonder if the only named character in the entire issue other than stark, tony and pepper is the one sabotaging the plant?

i know it's for kids but i feel smart

  CosmicCostello Says:    
  2013-10-11 18:24:11  
  Iron Man tale a big letdown/anticlimax to a great little arc. Did we ever know why IM's chestplate all of a sudden didn't keep Tony safe as it alwats had in the past? Regardless, having Tony just be able to reset things is poor tale telling. And his engagement story doesn't address his reported horrible illness or that he was in his house when it blew up. "Oh, my house blew up. Naturally I took a trip without letting any friends know I survived that just fine."

But face it, true believers, this is the Captain America tale of all Cap tales! Lee and Kirby at their height. And it keeps getting better from here. Love Cap in WWII. Was so glad they made this choice the first time I read these tales and am still glad today 30 years later. A whole extra star just for this tale!

  Durango55 Says:    
  2014-01-16 20:19:34  
  Better than average issue due to the phenomenal Lee/Kirby Origin of Cap story.

Nice conclusion to the "Tony stuck in the armor" storyline. Really sketchy artwork, however.

  marvelcomicslover Says:    
  2014-05-04 19:30:01  
  It seems every hero now has a type of danger sense...even Iron Man. This story was cheesy...I knew who The Phantom was even before they revealed him.
I like Stark being back...wasn't expecting that so soon. But even these cheesy Iron Man stories are entertaining. Spidey and Iron Man are definitely my 2 favorites...with Avengers then Thor coming in 2nd.
Cap origin was ok...I like the new movie version much better...but this was still a classic.

  Locust75 Says:    
  2014-05-31 21:35:00  
  Just 1 star for the Phantom. Who's not even funky!

Rocket Man - On page 2, panel 5 is a cool looking rocket!

Phantom Pains - He may not be much, but I like the costume!

Two Face - On page 12, panel 7 Tony is wearing a two-colored suit jacket??

'Nuff Said - "It figures! He was just too rich to die!"-A future vindictive Stark employee in the making

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2014-07-29 18:58:21  
  Iron Man: wasn't as bad as I expected. I'm getting tired of everything being transistor powered. Stan wouldn't know a transistor from a light emitting diode. I think the Phantom was a lame cop-out excuse to meet deadlines. Horribly predictable outcome.

Cap: Wow! Great origins, I appreciate how close the first Cap movie stuck to this issue.

Overall 4 stars.

  Bramwell Says:    
  2014-08-09 09:11:23  
  1. Stark is really acting like a manipulative prick
2. Page 6 panel 4 is poignant with the reactions of people if different roles
3. Page 9 panel 6 is very classic. Page 10 panel 1 however has the worst dialog ever
4. One thing I love about Cap...the way his name gets lettered. The red white and blue letters can be so creative
5. Page 6 of Cap really let's Kirby shine

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2014-10-20 10:34:17  
  As most have already said, I too found the Iron Man story disappointing. The whole engagement excuse was lame, lame, LAME... Totally not taking into account the fact that he was in his bedroom when the house blew up. I wonder if the origin of the Phantom was given a tip of the hat to in Iron Man 3 with Killian getting dissed by Tony at the party?

The Captain America origin was a great retelling of the Golden Age story, with a few minor differences. I understand the Comics Code Authority necessitated the change from an injection of the super serum to an oral formula, but I'm not sure why "Professor Reinstein" was changed to "Dr. Erskine." As for the rest of it, it was a great retelling of the original, right down to the old lady agent in the curio shop. It's great to see how many elements of this made it into the Captain America movie.

  Psychopat Says:    
  2015-01-05 12:15:19  
  I'm surprised that Cap's origins are so close to the movie that's nice! Iron Man's story was still better  

  MattDog37 Says:    
  2015-02-06 06:41:25  
  Why did Tony and the others keep referring to the mystery saboteur as "the Phantom?" The Phantom had not introduced himself at that point; the saboteur could have been anyone and gone by any moniker.  

  skabeaters Says:    
  2015-04-13 15:24:17  
  Sorry Captain. I wouldn't want a little red-head dude following me around.  

  RobinHoodMtl Says:    
  2016-09-03 14:55:39  
  • That's my line "Right now I want to go into my office and recover from the warmth of the cheerful welcome I got from you both!" (Iron Man)

  • Claiming he was on a yacht with some girl he's now engaged with was intended as a clever move from Stark. Not only would it explain why he never showed up to explain he was alive, but he also puts an end to Pepper's hope for romance. Hell, he almost killed three birds with one stone. Pepper had barely recovered from the shock of seeing him alive, that is, and now he's announcing he's to be married to someone else?! Now noble!

  • Yet I do not understand how Pepper and Happy could buy this story. He was in bed sick very shortly before the explosion. Yet he managed to get better, take a flight to a yacht and get lost somewhere with no contact with civilization? C'mon! Even Happy would not be that gullible!

  • Wow! Now even Iron Man has some sort of Spider Sense!

  • 2 stars, for the return of Tony Stark.

  StrictSnow Says:    
  2016-10-25 00:09:12  
  Oh no, Pepper likes me! Uh. Uh. Think, Tony Think... "I'M ENGAGED!"

"Wait, what?"

"YUP. Engaged. That's uh... where I was for the past three ish... weeks. On a yacht with my future wife in Boston."

"Wait, so you managed to get out of bed; you were dying, you know; get engaged, go to Boston, and get on a yacht... and you didn't tell anyone?"



"Oh no, it's the Phantom!"

  Urgat @ GroovyGolem (original post):    
  2016-11-27 11:53:27  
  But still the original Origin was pretty different from what most people now know as the Origin through the movie. Again can't wait for the first retcon/extension/more details  

  Urgat @ RobinHoodMtl (original post):    
  2016-11-27 11:56:32  
  Thought the same about the Spider-Sense... even useing the same word "tingling"... way to obvious Stan....tsk tsk tsk  

  Urgat @ StrictSnow (original post):    
  2016-11-27 11:57:20  
  you sir, made my day XD  

  Hovis Says:    
  2017-01-21 00:59:27  
  Stark - "Pull his mask off, gentlemen"

Police - (all in unison) "DOCTOR BIRCH?!"

Birch - "Yes, I just needed some attention and I would have gotten away with it, if it wasn't for that meddling Iron-Man"

Stark - "Take him away, boys. I know one more Opera THIS Phantom won't be attending"

(all laugh)

  Hertz1991 Says:    
  2017-09-13 18:13:20  
  And thus ends the stupid story arc of Tony Stark being dead and Happy and Pepper being complete morons. The villain was stupidly forgettable, and his identity (not like we care at all) was telegraphed from the beginning.

Overall a pretty bad issue, but I'm looking forward to the story moving on after all this Tony's death mischief...

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