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332: Tales of Suspense #68 (v1) [A Story]

" If a Man Be Mad! "
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Tales of Suspense #68a (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Frank Giacoia
Writers: Al Hartley
Pencilers: Don Heck
Inkers: Mickey Demeo
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Letterers: Sam Rosen
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: August 1965
Release Date: May 1965
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Pages: 12
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 687                 Times Rated: 373
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Tales of Suspense #66 (v1) [A Story]
Tales of Suspense #67 (v1) [A Story]
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Tony Stark is visited by his ne'er-do-well cousin and begins experiencing absurd visions. Little does he know that his cousin is working for Count Nefaria and Stark begins questioning his own sanity.
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Main Characters
  Iron Man
Iron Man last appeared in Tales of Suspense #67a (v1). Iron Man next appears in Fantastic Four Annual #3.
     
Supporting Characters
  Happy Hogan
Happy Hogan last appeared in Tales of Suspense #67a (v1). Happy Hogan next appears in Tales of Suspense #69a (v1).
     
  Pepper Potts
Pepper Potts last appeared in Tales of Suspense #67a (v1). Pepper Potts next appears in Tales of Suspense #69a (v1).
     
  Senetor Harrington Byrd
Senetor Harrington Byrd last appeared in Tales of Suspense #66a (v1). Senetor Harrington Byrd next appears in Tales of Suspense #69a (v1).
     
Villains
  Count Nefaria
Count Nefaria last appeared in Tales of Suspense #67a (v1). Count Nefaria next appears in X-Men #22 (v1).
     
  Morgan Stark
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Morgan Stark in the mainstream continuity. Morgan Stark next appears in Tales of Suspense #97a (v1).
     
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  zweineuf Says:    
  2012-03-10 02:50:52  
  The Iron Man story is just awful. For a stretch there, even the bad issues weren't that bad, but this story is as bad as any of the 1962/1963 issues. The moon men that look like the Hulk and are named after cheeses, the classic "all Earth creatures must have these powers! Retreat!" cop-out ... I almost wish I'd skipped it.  
 
 

  poj-poj Says:    
  2012-05-03 11:24:23  
  i agree, this was the worst Iron Man story so far. And i didn't like the cap story all that much either.  
 
 

  Anonymous Says:    
  2012-08-09 07:00:15  
  At least I laughed a lot reading it, but can't Marvel people look in the eye and see if the other is in love with you, or are they so much insecure? Or perhaps they're both.

Project Vanish? Vanish is a laundry product down here.
 
 
 

  Safis Says:    
  2012-08-25 16:15:22  
  I thought Iron Man was a little better than the last issue, at least. Yeah, the moon men were a little wacky, but at least it sort of made sense... in a very, very imagination-filled comic-book sort of way.

Captain America was a little bit better too. Only, if the Project Vanish gun can cut through trees and tanks and all that, why does it do nothing to the ground? You'd think you'd end up with a massive hole in the ground when he points it downward to the tank. Oh well, at least now I know my WWII history a little bit better! :)
 
 
 

  specialque Says:    
  2012-10-22 09:01:19  
  What a shocking nose dive for this comic. After those great Thor and Fantastic Four arcs, this is like getting doused with ice water. This Iron Man story was just as terrible as the last one, and the Cap story ended on a lame note. What the hell happened here? Are they just bored with this title already?  
 
 

  chrys Says:    
  2013-04-10 01:55:11  
  I actually liked the Iron Man story up to the point the real aliens arrived because the sanity angle was interesting, but it went downhill really fast. The Cap story was just silly and forgettable.  
 
 

  chrisWhite Says:    
  2013-06-06 17:37:29  
  I agree, I was liking Iron Man until the aliens showed up, it was a pretty interesting concept but was ruined by yet another stupid alien cliché.

I love how all the German's default to English when talking amongst themselves. It wouldn't be so bad if they just wrote it as normal English and we could assume it's been translated for the reader but adding the accents in really runes the narrative illusion.

So let's see. 1. We have an extremely powerful new weapon. 2. It needs some more bug fixes. 3. It was under protected and stolen by a Nazi. 4. In real battlefield testing it decimated tank armor instantly. 5. This weapon that will change the course of the war is too dangerous to use in case someone cranks it to full power, therefore, it's not worth using.
 
 
 

  leisch Says:    
  2013-08-04 19:49:45  
  Another garbage Iron man story.  
 
 

  Azuran Says:    
  2013-08-24 01:03:16  
  This was terrible. After reading those great Thor and Fantastic Four stories, I can't stomach crappy and uninspired stories like the ones in this issue anymore. This was a chore to get through.
 
 
 

  Alex Daily Says:    
  2014-01-12 10:59:12  
  The two moon men from the Iron Man story are called Edam and Gouda! The cheesiest characters ya ever met!  
 
 

  Anonymous Says:    
  2014-02-16 20:46:40  
  I still don't get why cap has to hide his identity and act like an idiot private.  
 
 

  Durango55 Says:    
  2014-03-12 10:53:14  
  2 stars
- The recent Iron Man stories have sunk back to sub-mediocrity.
- I'm not digging the Captain America stories. Nice art, but the storylines are leaving me cold.
 
 
 

  scottyjrules Says:    
  2014-04-19 20:40:31  
  Noooooooo!!! We were on such a roll and then they had to go and break out another invasion by inept aliens. Weak sauce, Iron Man. You're so much better than this...  
 
 

  marvelcomicslover Says:    
  2014-07-03 17:47:26  
  Corny story...but I'd like to see more of Morgan Stark.
I wasn't too fond of the Project Vanish Cap story....kinda boring.
 
 
 

  Locust75 Says:    
  2014-07-16 18:39:09  
  Just 1 star for some full moon madness!!!

Behind The Scenes - I would love to know the story behind this issue. Stan Lee wrote the last issue with the changed Count Nefaria. Al Hartley wrote this one with Count Nefaria back to his old self without any explanation why. Enquiring minds want to know!!!

Lingo - Would a Moon Man know about St. Elmo's Fire??

'Nuff Said - "I can feel the heat of those retro-rockets right through my berrylium underwear!"-Iron Man

 
 
 

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2014-08-06 17:10:03  
  So disappointed with this issue. This was one of the worst I read. I don't even know where to begin. Iron Man was cheap and felt recycled from previous Marvel stories. Cap was anticlimactic. Much better than Im but still not what I came to expect. 1 star because of my disappointment.  
 
 

  phogbear Says:    
  2014-08-18 20:08:29  
  The Senator isn't dedicated. He's just an idiot like Odin. So was Cap brainwashed or just faking it? Why put the General's life in danger like that if he was faking it?  
 
 

  tarheels2302 Says:    
  2014-08-21 18:00:37  
  2 horrible Iron Man stories in a row, disappointing. I did like it better than the last issue though but still really crappy. 2 Stars.

I don't have much to say about the Cap story. It wasn't the worst thing I've read. 2 Stars. I hope this was just a "pit" stop to more stuff like the Thor and FF stories :/
 
 
 

  MattzLadd Says:    
  2014-08-29 19:03:25  
  Yeah right, Stark is not so stupid to believe the illusions. Seems Stan gave him the intelligence of the Hulk in this one.

Still not as bad as that one Giant-Man story, alas.
 
 
 

  Bramwell Says:    
  2014-09-25 02:26:41  
  1. Very nice splash page....particularly the Human Fly in the background
2. Gouda and Edam? Seriously? The rest of the writing is just as bad
3. Page 9 of Cap is excellent....particularly the last panel
4. Cap savecd the issue...the writing was good and the art was superb
 
 
 

  CosmicCostello Says:    
  2014-10-08 01:20:48  
  What in the name of heaven was that crazy load of something masquerading as an Iron Man tale? The disdain for the reader and for other people just boils up out of this tale. Stan uses humor appropriately, is serious about his characters, and treats the reader with respect. None of that is evidenced in this Al Hartley written tale. Maybe the worst thing I've read in the order so far, and we've all read plenty of ST Human Torch and Giant Man tales. Wow I hope Stan doesn't give this guy any more chances.

As a kid I liked the Cap tale as I liked the vanishing ray. As an adult all I can see are the plotholes in it. First, they wrap up and move away from the fact that Cap just tried to assasinate a military commander way too fast. And the next plot's vanishing ray seemed to work pretty darn well for them to "never work on it again" just because it's convenient for the plot to say so. But compared to that Iron Man story this is pure gold.
 
 
 

  CosmicCostello Says:    
  2014-10-08 01:30:49  
  Morgan Stark was interesting, and seeing the Senator Byrd subplot continue is nice. Only things in the IM tale that have any redemptive value. Weak sauce indeed!

I believe Cap was truly brainwashed, otherwise he'd clearly have socked it to Hitler when he had the chance. But his willpower and patriotism are too strong to truly be overcome, but America's super soldier also almost DID betray his country! That's why I say they just completely rushed over all the drama and character possible in part 3 of this arc. They just drop it and move to a different story. Stan must have been extremely busy or else drunk this month.
 
 
 

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2015-01-12 22:40:08  
  The only thing that could have helped this issue would have been if someone used the Project Vanish gun on it.

Al Hartley makes Larry Lieber look like William Faulkner. Sheesh!
 
 
 

  MattDog37 Says:    
  2015-02-25 20:11:14  
  That's quite a juxtaposition from Count Nefaria in issue #67 to Count Nefaria in issue #68.  
 
 

  Psychopat Says:    
  2015-04-29 13:51:55  
  Very average issue! The only good thing is the first app of Sgt Duffy  
 
 

  kungfufan Says:    
  2016-05-08 01:52:25  
  My first one star since that dumb Beatles escapade!
First... Groan! The artificial hallucinations/dreams run continues...
Also, them coppers must be pretty half-assed at their job to spend an hour looking around the forest and not find Tony's cousin, a guy with absolutely no experience at being the bad guy.
Then... Huh? Wha...? Bizarre twist! Plus bad writing too! I really can't tell what Tony or the narrator are trying to say or think... Maybe in the end someone really has gone mad, but more likely it's Stan or Al Hartley than Tony Stark!
 
 
 

  Russ Says:    
  2016-08-26 13:33:44  
  Bad story. It reads like something out of 1963. Moon men? Seriously? The only way the "moon men" were credible is if they were ordinary people who didn't wear pants. (The Comics Code Authority would reject that, natch)

One star. I think we as readers are getting spoiled with the excellent Thor and FF story arcs we just read.
 
 
 

  RobinHoodMtl Says:    
  2016-10-30 00:31:36  
 
  • That's my line – "Then what in the name of a twisted transistor can it be!"(Transistor-worshipping Iron Man)

  • Gouda? And Edam? From Froma?? Seriously??? For a moment I thought this was a joke played on Stark, but I think the joke was on us! Stan probably intended the story to be cheesy and Hartley took his word for it!

  • This shouldn't even be canon. One of the dumbest alien invader stories... Ever! No more comments. 1 star.
 
 
 

  Urgat Says:    
  2016-12-12 04:25:38  
  And I thought it couldn't get much worse after last Issue (at least for Iron Man stories) but again I was proven wrong!

I liked the general Idea of the first part tho, although letting somebody see things and others don't see it is an old Hat...but it was implemented so bad... But I kept believing and was curious how Tony would find out...and the moon man came and I just thought WTF is this crap...

What bugged me the most this Issue was the big continuity Error with Count Nefaria who out of nowhere is his old self again after his try to be the Master of Dreams (and with it he wanted NOT to be known just as Count Nefaria anymore).
 
 
 

  Urgat @ MattzLadd (original post):    
  2016-12-12 04:27:18  
  I also think that Tony Stark, one of the most intelligent humans in the Marvel Universe would distinguish between Illusions and real objects  
 
 

  mrtc2003 Says:    
  2016-12-23 09:00:34  
  I like the character of Tony 's dodgy cousin Morgan. But that's literally all this story has going for it.  
 
 

  Zaktks32 Says:    
  2017-02-13 22:17:42  
  And Count Nefaria back to his self again. Shouldn't have this story happened before the previous one? Or better, shouldn't have any of them happened at all?

One story to be ashamed about, hide it under the carpet and forget it ever occurred.



 
 
 

  StrictSnow Says:    
  2017-04-06 00:32:06  
  Oh come on Stan! I thought we were done with rando aliens coming to Earth, fighting one Avenger, then buggering off because they base their understanding of humanity off one guy.  
 
 

  StrictSnow @ Urgat (original post):    
  2017-04-06 11:04:33  
  It's because he did so absurdly poorly as Dream Master, he went back to Count Nefaria again.  
 
 

 
 
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