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524: Tales of Suspense #86 (v1) [A Story]

" Death Duel For the Life of Happy Hogan "
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Tales of Suspense #86a (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Frank Giacoia
Writers: Stan Lee
Pencilers: Gene Colan
Inkers: Frank Giacoia
Letterers: Sam Rosen
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: February 1967
Release Date: December 1966
Story Arc: -
Pages: 12
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 592                 Times Rated: 337
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Tales of Suspense #84a (v1)
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Mano y mano action ensues as The Golden Avenger arrives at the Mandarin's castle in search of his most trusted employee.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  Iron Man
Iron Man last appeared in Tales of Suspense #85a (v1). Iron Man next appears in Avengers #32 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Happy Hogan
Happy Hogan last appeared in Tales of Suspense #85a (v1). Happy Hogan next appears in Tales of Suspense #87a (v1).
Mandarin last appeared in Tales of Suspense #85a (v1). Mandarin next appears in Avengers Annual #1.
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Iron Man Armor, Model 3
Iron Man Armor, Model 3 last appeared in Tales of Suspense #85a (v1). Iron Man Armor, Model 3 next appears in Tales of Suspense #87a (v1).
Mandarin's Rings
Mandarin's Rings last appeared in Tales of Suspense #85a (v1). Mandarin's Rings next appears in Iron Man #10 (v1).
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  Shark Says:    
  2012-03-30 16:48:16  
  Page 3:
"For that... You die a thousand deaths!"
And how in Earth is that supposed to happen? Is it some oriental proverb?

  Anonymous Says:    
  2012-03-31 03:42:27  
  I think had he said "I'll beat the sh*t out of You" it would be equally unlikely to happen (if You treat it literally that is). So yeah, my guess is that's just a figure of speech  

  Canuck Says:    
  2012-06-25 22:29:44  
  Well, considering all the retconning that happens in comics, I suppose it could eventually result in it being a literal statement. Anyways, I think it's derived from a Shakespeare quote.  

  Webslinger Says:    
  2012-12-16 03:15:24  
  ...and all your guards and personnel too.  

  chrys Says:    
  2013-04-16 12:35:13  
  I wish they stopped trying to push the Mandarin as a karate powerhouse. He has ten rings of power, guys, you don't need to be ridiculous about this.  

  leisch Says:    
  2013-08-07 18:37:52  
  Yeah, it's amazing how many times the hero does something that results in the death of villains but it's glossed over. Of course, the villain is never actually dead anyway.  

  Raistlin903 Says:    
  2014-01-07 04:44:00  
  so a trained martial artist gets hisa**handed to him by a billionare playboy untrained american boxing amatuer??? I could see Captain America pulling it off.......  

  dpaone Says:    
  2014-02-20 18:21:51  
  Yea, the gloves off scene is just horrid. Can't wait until I reach the kung-fu 70s part of the order. Hai-ya!  

  metasynthie Says:    
  2014-06-23 08:21:26  
  Tony is in the middle of rescuing his tortured friend when he decide to prove his manliness by engaging in a "fair fight" with the Mandarin, whose rings can apparently be turned off via a control panel. Tony is fair-fighting in his new, powered-up tough armor... just without the gloves... While the Mandarin is wearing robes, but is, you know, a super-Oriental of some mysterious kind, whose karate blows can shatter ordinary steel (but are still no match for a good ol' Amurcan haymaker).
Happy hopefully remembers to put his helmet back on before reaching Okinawa... Or does he? Is the cover of the "false Iron Man" blown now, or is the Mandarin the only one who figured it out? Does he Mandarin read US newspapers and if so, does he subscribe to the "Tony Stark is Iron Man" theory?
It may not matter since once again, the Mandarin has been blown up by Tony redirecting one of his own missiles back at his base. Mandarin. You have to build in a fail-safe that makes that impossible, man.

  marvelcomicslover Says:    
  2014-08-11 00:15:20  
  This was ok. At least Mandarin is using his rings more.

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2014-08-23 19:05:55  
  4 stars for Mandy using his ring power (every kiss begins with Kay?) and for a great fight and story.  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2014-10-03 14:30:35  
  3 stars for two powerhouse pugilists engaging in a gentleman's sport!!!

Splash - On the 1st page the text balloon should be coming from Iron Man...

Fool Me Once - You would've thought that Red China would of learned not to trust Mandy back in TOS 62 when he did the very same thing to them!!

'Nuff Said - "But nothing'll ever replace the sheer poetry of a good ol' American one-two to the kisser!"-Iron Patriot...uh, I mean Man

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2015-06-30 05:51:38  
  Yeah, the gloves-off moment was weird, but they could have saved it had they said something like "you might be a karate master, but Captain America is my sparring partner!" or something to remind us Tony is an Avenger and trains with Cap. THEN he can pop Mandy on the chin and it means something! I wonder if it was a Comics Code thing or an unwritten rule at Marvel that Tony can't use his armored strength against non-armored foes?

Still, I did enjoy seeing the Mandarin try to keep his promise of delivering the mightiest karate chop ever known!

Also, I like the subtle changes they've made to Mandarin's costume. He looks a lot more imposing now than he did before.

Ultimately though, Tony's brutal retaliation is glossed over, probably because it was the Mandarin's own missile which came back to haunt him.

  Urgat @ GroovyGolem (original post):    
  2017-02-09 03:47:52  
  To your theory about IM not using armored fists against a non-armored foe:
look at P8p4

a direct hit with gloves to mandi's face

  Calion Says:    
  2017-05-12 09:08:05  
  1. Splash: “If he dies…you die!! Nothing can save you from me!” Wait—who’s saying that?
  2. You’re taking your gauntlets off? Why? He’s already taken punches that would have caved a normal man’s head in. What do you think your bare fists can do?
  3. P. 11: ‘Tony! Tony! I didn’t tell them who you were! Except to anyone who might be listening now!’
  4. Wow, that ending was stupid. If Tony can redirect enemy missiles that easily, he really is almost criminally remiss for not giving his tech to the military. I also don’t buy that he could get far enough from the blast radius for a missile large enough to destroy a military base.

I’m neither following Iron Man nor reading the whole Order; I got led to the Sub-Mariner/Iron Man crossover through some in-comic reference or another, and got sucked in. I think it’s time to head back to my regularly scheduled programming. ★★½


  RobinHoodMtl Says:    
  2018-02-14 00:33:01  
  • That's my line – "But nothing'll ever replace the sheer poetry of a good ol' American one-two to the kisser!" (Iron Man) – Yes, right, very poetic indeed! This story could have done OK without this scene.

  • Page 7 would make a great poster!

  • Mandarin 's costume looks more and more like he's been inspired by Plantman.

  • Is Iron Man ruining Happy's cover-up by announcing his arrival in Okinawa?

  • The writing was poor and despite Colan's artwork, I didn't like this conclusion. 2 stars.

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   January 31, 2018 TStarnes Added Mandarin[appost]s Rings listing.
   January 31, 2018 TStarnes Added Iron Man Armor, Model 3 listing.
   May 15, 2017 TStarnes Changed comic details.
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