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441: Tales of Suspense #78 (v1) [A Story]

" Crescendo! "
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Tales of Suspense #78a (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Jack Kirby
Writers: Stan Lee
Pencilers: Gene Colan
Inkers: Gary Michaels
Letterers: Artie Simek
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: June 1966
Release Date: April 1966
Story Arc: -
Pages: 12
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 634                 Times Rated: 350
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Tales of Suspense #76 (v1) [A Story]
Tales of Suspense #77 (v1) [A Story]
Tales of Suspense #78a (v1)
Tales of Suspense #77b (v1)
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Issue Blurb
With Mandarin's giant creation released, Iron Man throws everything he's got at him, all to no avail. What possible way is there for Iron Man to turn the tables of his colossal foe?
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  Iron Man
Iron Man last appeared in Tales of Suspense #77a (v1). Iron Man next appears in Tales of Suspense #79a (v1).
Mandarin last appeared in Tales of Suspense #77a (v1). Mandarin next appears in Tales of Suspense #84a (v1).
Ultimo last appeared in Tales of Suspense #77a (v1). Ultimo next appears in Avengers Annual #1.
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Chinese Military
Chinese Military last appeared in Tales of Suspense #77a (v1). Chinese Military next appears in Avengers #29 (v1).
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Issue Synopsis
While fighting Ultimo, Iron Man is thrown toward a rocky cliff but uses his jet boots to avoid a fatal crash. Barely escaping death, Iron Man realizes that for the first time, his opponent out-matches him and admits that the Mandarin may have succeeded in creating the ultimate weapon. Since the machine appears physically unbeatable, the Golden Avengers decides to take on a different approach.

Meanwhile, in his castle, the Mandarin watches the battle on his TV Scanner as the hero flies towards the volcano. As an act of mercy to spare Iron Man from further suffering, the Mandarin increases the intensity of Ultimo's heat rays to quickly end the battle. Having succeeding in luring the android to him, the hero manages to get his foe to fire his ray at the volcano, having dodged just in time to avoid the blast. The maximal intensity of the ray causes the volcano to erupt, which ultimately engulfs Ultimo in its lava as the android is unable to fly away as Iron Man could.

Seeing his android defeated, the Mandarin realizes he has underestimated the Golden Avenger once more. Satisfied that at least he was able to get rid of Tony Stark, he orders his guards to bring him the body of the industrialist. Of course, they cannot find any trace of Stark and the Mandarin comes to the conclusion that Iron Man must have removed the corpse.

With his foe neglecting to keep watch on him, the Avenger has managed to get a temporary boost to his transistors. In order to escape from Red China, he comes up with the idea to get to the Red air base and steal an airplane to fly to a friendlier location. Fortunately, he finds that there is a jet fighter remaining. He quickly knocks out the two guards and jumps aboard the aircraft. When some American fighters show up to intercept him, he uses his Avengers Priority and has the pilots escort him to the closest U.S. base.

Several hours later, Tony arrives at Stark Industries in Long Island and finds that the place has been shut down and locked. A newspaper on the ground informs him of what has been going on while he was overseas, and now, he can't use his own money, all his factories are closed and there is a warrant for his arrest.
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  Safis Says:    
  2013-05-19 18:02:30  
  Hoo boy, the writing in this one. It's like they didn't even care.  

  Raistlin903 Says:    
  2013-12-23 12:35:08  
  Is any of this even legaly possible...... I dont think tony choosing not to reveal iron man's secret identity is covered under any law thta would allow the government to put out an arrest warrent...... Even in the 60s....... Or close his factory.......  

  metasynthie Says:    
  2014-06-16 09:43:34  
  That's what you get for relying on the military-industrial complex for all your income, Tony: government contracts pulled by a nasty Senator. Eisenhower tried to warn you!

The Ultimo victory is the worst part of this issue, really pulling it down for me: ok, fine, Iron Man manages to spot a place on the volcano-top that will cause it to erupt. But we were just told and shown in the last TWO issues that Ultimo basically uses an erupting volcano as an ALARM CLOCK that gets it out of bed to go stomp anyone who's nearby. Why does the android even care if his cozy naptime volcano erupts again?

  marvelcomicslover Says:    
  2014-07-19 19:38:01  
  Terrible battle with Ultimo...but I did like the ending.

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2014-08-17 19:16:51  
  I thought the writing was better. The plot was atrocious... The conclusion to the fight with Ultimo was horrific and a senator has no such power. I am invested in Happy, though. I hope his memory returns has he blabs Tony's secret to Pepper.  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2014-09-03 22:47:17  
  Just 2 stars for smoldering Ultimo...

'Nuff Said - "It is almost a bore to continue my vigil!"-Mandarin

  phogbear Says:    
  2014-10-12 07:24:25  
  Gene's art is so amazing these last few issues. I do not remember the stories being so awful.  

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2015-05-08 13:45:58  
  So they drop the "Adam Austin" alias with this issue. It looks like Gene Colan changed his panel layouts on purpose to evoke a different artistic style for "Gene Colan" compared to "Adam Austin."  

  GroovyGolem @ Locust75 (original post):    
  2015-05-08 14:10:36  
  Locust, how could you pass up "Behold! The armored champion of the capitalistic imperialists!" for 'Nuff Said?

It just rolls right off the tongue! ;-)

  Peter Jason Quill Says:    
  2017-04-15 08:51:39  
  The Mandarin in Iron Man 3 is so much better than this mandarin  

  StrictSnow Says:    
  2017-05-03 21:56:14  
  How boy. That is one active volcano.  

  Allencthulhu Says:    
  2017-06-21 23:29:48  
  "For the first time in my life--despite my awesome armored power--I feel almost totally helpless!"--so you've managed to forget ToS#75? And Happy is the one with the amnesia.

As much as I love Gene Colan's art, he sure gave the Mandarin some serious overbite.

  RobinHoodMtl @ Raistlin903 (original post):    
  2018-01-04 16:49:24  
  I don't know much about American Law, but I'm not surprised that the sanctions escalated to this. Not showing up when you've been officially subpoenaed is a serious criminal matter and I'm pretty sure it can lead to have all your assets frozen and have a warrant on your ass! Closing the factories however, I'm not sure.  

  RobinHoodMtl Says:    
  2018-01-04 16:49:51  
  • That's my line "All my money has been impounded! My factories are shut down! And there's a warrant out for my arrest!" (Tony Stark) Err... welcome back?

  • Mandarin showing "mercy" by increasing the intensity of the heat rays to spare Iron Man from a slow death was really contrived. One could see right away that this would lead to his android's defeat.

  • When timing must be perfect, you can tell who wrote the dialogs. In exactly one second, I will tell you that the writer is........................... Stan!

  • If I'm not mistaken, and unless he slept a bit on his way back home, Stark has not rested ever since he learn that Happy's condition had gotten worse. All issues since then have picked up where the previous one left.

  • Despite the predictable conclusion to the fight with Ultimo, the rest of the story was decent enough and Colan's constantly impressive pencils award this one 4 stars.

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Iron Man Omnibus, Volume 1
This collection includesTales of Suspense #39a (v1), Tales of Suspense #40 (v1), Tales of Suspense #41 (v1), Tales of Suspense #42 (v1), Tales of Suspense #43 (v1), Tales of Suspense #44 (v1), Tales of Suspense #45 (v1), Tales of Suspense #46 (v1), Tales of Suspense #47 (v1), Tales of Suspense #48 (v1), Tales of Suspense #49a (v1), Tales of Suspense #50a (v1), Tales of Suspense #51a (v1), Tales of Suspense #52a (v1), Tales of Suspense #53a (v1), Tales of Suspense #54a (v1), Tales of Suspense #55a (v1), Tales of Suspense #56a (v1), Tales of Suspense #57a (v1), Tales of Suspense #58a (v1), Tales of Suspense #59a (v1), Tales of Suspense #60a (v1), Tales of Suspense #61a (v1), Tales of Suspense #62a (v1), Tales of Suspense #63a (v1), Tales of Suspense #64a (v1), Tales of Suspense #65a (v1), Tales of Suspense #66a (v1), Tales of Suspense #67a (v1), Tales of Suspense #68a (v1), Tales of Suspense #69a (v1), Tales of Suspense #70a (v1), Tales of Suspense #71a (v1), Tales of Suspense #72a (v1), Tales of Suspense #73a (v1), Tales of Suspense #74a (v1), Tales of Suspense #75a (v1), Tales of Suspense #76a (v1), Tales of Suspense #77a (v1), Tales of Suspense #78a (v1), Tales of Suspense #79a (v1), Tales of Suspense #80a (v1), Tales of Suspense #81a (v1), Tales of Suspense #82a (v1), Tales of Suspense #83a (v1)
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   January 9, 2018 RobinHoodMtl Added synopsis for this issue.
   November 21, 2017 TStarnes
   May 16, 2017 TStarnes Changed comic details.
   April 21, 2016 fragsel Added Chinese Military to the issue.
   March 15, 2014 Spider-Borg Changed comic details.
   June 7, 2013 TStarnes Moved this issue.
   June 5, 2013 Robareid Changed blurb for this issue.
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