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436: Tales of Suspense #73 (v1) [A Story]

" My Life For Yours! "
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Tales of Suspense #73a (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Gene Colan
Writers: Roy Thomas
Pencilers: Gene Colan
Inkers: Gary Michaels
Letterers: Sol Brodsky, Marie Severin
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: January 1966
Release Date: October 1965
Story Arc: -
Pages: 12
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 645                 Times Rated: 364
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Issue Blurb
The Black Knight captures Happy from the hospital to lure Iron Man to his hideout. Iron Man must fight to free his friend before Happy loses his life.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  Iron Man
Iron Man last appeared in Avengers #22 (v1). Iron Man next appears in Tales of Suspense #74a (v1).
Supporting Characters
Elendil last appeared in Fantastic Four Annual #3. Elendil next appears in Avengers #48 (v1).
  Happy Hogan
Happy Hogan last appeared in Tales of Suspense #71a (v1). Happy Hogan next appears in Tales of Suspense #74a (v1).
  Pepper Potts
Pepper Potts last appeared in Tales of Suspense #72a (v1). Pepper Potts next appears in Tales of Suspense #74a (v1).
  Senator Byrd
Senator Byrd last appeared in Tales of Suspense #72a (v1). Senator Byrd next appears in Tales of Suspense #74a (v1).
  The Black Knight
The Black Knight last appeared in Fantastic Four Annual #3. The Black Knight next appears in Avengers #48 (v1).
Group Appearances
Stark Industries
Stark Industries last appeared in Tales of Suspense #72a (v1). Stark Industries next appears in Tales of Suspense #74a (v1).
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Iron Man Armor, Model 3
Iron Man Armor, Model 3 last appeared in Avengers #22 (v1). Iron Man Armor, Model 3 next appears in Tales of Suspense #74a (v1).
Power Lance
Power Lance last appeared in Fantastic Four Annual #3. Power Lance next appears in Avengers #48 (v1).
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Issue Synopsis
Iron Man rushes to the hospital to enquire on Happy Hogan who got seriously injured helping him during his fight with Titanium Man. However when he enters the room, he learns from the police force that his friend has been kidnapped. Noting a hoof print on the window sill, the hero deduces that it was made by the Black Knight's flying steed and that the villain probably left this clue intentionally to lure Iron Man to him. He then follows a series of clues that lead him to the kidnapper's castle outside of Washington. Iron Man attacks but his foe was only an image.

Of course, despite Iron Man being cautious not to get spotted, the Black Knight had anticipated his arrival and appears behind him. After a few blows at illusions, he realizes that the Black Knight is toying with him in an attempt to make him use up his transistor power. The villain's strategy pays off and soon Iron Man's armor is depleted.

Once Iron Man appears defenseless, the Black Knight takes him for a ride on his flying horse, planning to drop him to his death. However the hero was only pretending unconsciousness and hangs on to the villain's leg. The Black Knight tries to kick him off, but ultimately, Iron Man manages to unhorse the rider who is doomed to die if he falls from such a height. The armored man uses his boot jets to fly a little further and safely dive in the water.

Meanwhile, Senator Byrd pays a visit at Tony Stark's office, angry that the billionaire is apparently trying to stall him. When Pepper informs him that her boss is absent, Byrd threatens to force Start into revealing Iron Man's secret identity, otherwise he will get a warrant to arrest the man.

Near the castle, an exhausted Iron Man barely makes it out of the water and desperately makes his way towards the castle. Along the way, he spots his foe’s cape, unsure whether the man could have survived the fall. Once inside the castle, Iron Man finds Happy on a bed, hardly alive and radios Washington Police to get some medical help for him. He gathers all his remaining strength to drag Happy where the authorities can easily locate him, then he collapses to the floor, unconscious. Washington Police and medics arrive shortly after, but seeing only Hogan in the area, they leave without bothering to look for Iron Man, convinced that the hero is invincible.
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  Webslinger Says:    
  2012-10-23 20:06:31  
  If we take out all the 60's Stan's way this is a quite good story with some very good art (and bad too, but we can't get all, can we?).

Good point jfpj1991, but does Mr. resident knows anything? Stark wouldn't tell.

  leisch Says:    
  2013-08-06 14:26:23  
  Wouldn't IM have some kind of radar built into his suit that would help distinguish an image from the real thing?  

  tbloom94 Says:    
  2013-10-11 03:14:45  
  Iron Man kills the black night! Its not like he couldn't have saved him either... Way to go Iron Man for taking the comics code to the edge. That alone should make this issue essential.  

  Antifa Says:    
  2013-10-27 10:00:16  
  what an inauspicious end to the original Black Knight. seems like they definitely set it up to bring him back but decided instead to bring in his nephew so they could have him go good. first time i ever seen someone in comics fall to their deaths without the body being seen and not come back lol.  

  duncanm Says:    
  2013-12-12 03:27:45  
  Antifa, he hasn't come back YET.  

  Durango55 Says:    
  2014-04-11 08:26:02  
  Despite the fact that the Black Knght is a somewhat lame villain, and that Stan felt the need yet again to have the story take place in one of North America's countless abandoned castles, I enjoyed this tale if for no other reason that Tony's concern for Happy.  

  metasynthie Says:    
  2014-06-16 09:22:54  
  If there were really as many "castles, transported stone by stone from the old country" in the US as Stan Lee imagined, they'd be littering the US countryside! As it is, one suspects that maybe they're all based on Frederick Kip's castle in Montclair, NJ, which was long rumored to have been moved that way?

Iron Man does a cute 60s Batman thing in this issue where he sees a hoofprint and immediately thinks "this could be none other than... THE BLACK KNIGHT!" And then concludes right away that it's such an obvious clue that it has to be a trap.

  marvelcomicslover Says:    
  2014-07-19 19:29:36  
  Well...somehow this was better then the previous DD arc...not by much I'm afraid.

  gloomyharvester Says:    
  2014-07-25 20:07:12  
  Lots of black in this issue for a Silver Age title. That full page panel on page 5 of Iron Man in the shadowy hall with the suits of armor is very nice.  

  arsenal009 Says:    
  2014-08-16 11:02:53  
  Issue Blurb is a complete spoiler.

Senator Byrd reminds me of General Ross.

Very wordy, worse writing than Stan, lol.

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2014-08-17 08:57:06  
  3 stars. I'm still waiting for Happy to pull through.  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2014-09-03 19:14:50  
  2 stars for the end of the evil Black Knight!!

Cover Me - A very strong cover!

Behind The Scenes - I would love to know why they had so many people work on this issue??

'Nuff Said - "Flying horses don't leave hoofprints on window-sills without a reason!"-Iron Man

  MattzLadd Says:    
  2014-09-20 18:28:08  
  Marie Severin! Hoo-rah!  

  CosmicCostello Says:    
  2014-11-01 05:34:44  
  Yes! Gene Colan finally arrives on Iron Man with Roy Thomas in tow! A stellar leap in quality over the previous Iron Man stories. Roy overwrites as he will always do, and his dialogue is not as witty as Stan's, but he also drops almost all the melodrama Stan so loves, especially in matters of the heart. And Gene Colan! Marie Severin's inking really tightens Gene's pencils.  

  MattDog37 Says:    
  2015-04-06 07:51:00  
  If this is really the end of the Black Knight, it's a little anticlimactic.  

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2015-05-06 22:17:20  
  This issue seemed like a bit of a mess to me. The whole Black Knight plot seemed very contrived, and some of the panels barely flowed from one to the next. Too many cooks in the kitchen perhaps? Or written by committee? I dunno. Nice to seem some new talent, but it just didn't gel for me.  

  Psychopat Says:    
  2015-08-17 08:46:55  
  That was a good one! the art wa great too!  

  Carlo Says:    
  2016-05-19 23:01:12  
  I think this site's credits page should mention that Adam Austin and Gary Michaels are pseudonyms for Gene Colan and Jack Abel.  

  indypaul Says:    
  2016-06-23 06:02:34  
  It's too bad none of the artists around this time could find a happy medium for Iron Man's suit that fell between what looks like red and gold spandex and the Titanium Man suit.

Not to mention, does this suit even have any power at all?? Punching at air was depleting his transistor power!

  kungfufan Says:    
  2016-07-23 23:13:35  
  With stand-alones increasingly making way for multi-issue arcs, this felt a bit like a filler to me, despite having a prominent villain and a cliffhanger ending. I guess I've just read this same cliffhanger ending for iron man too many times before (running low on power, heart about to fail...)

Having said that, Black Knight was quite ominous for most of the issue, and the art helped.

  kungfufan Says:    
  2016-07-23 23:25:50  
  *reads other users' comments* Wha....? The Black Knight died? Even after reading the ending, I did not see that coming. I assumed the trees cushioned his fall. Is he possibly the most significant character to die since Zemo! Usually it's just one-hit wonders that bite the dust. Poor Masters of Evil...  

  kungfufan @ Locust75 (original post):    
  2016-07-23 23:28:36  
  Surely flying horses that leave hoof prints on windowsills with reason ought to be listed as villains rather than supporting characters...  

  Urgat Says:    
  2017-01-05 08:56:33  
  That Note here on the site is a major spoiler...because I also thought Black Knight would reemerge somehow, somewhere, sometime because we not clearly see what happenend to him...the cape hanging in the tree suggests he has survived...

I think Notes on this Site are important but should not be that spoiling...

  Allencthulhu Says:    
  2017-06-21 22:39:41  
  I'm sorry, the entire Mighty Marvel Bullpen got together and produced...a mouse. It's not Iron Man any more, it's Iron Bored.  

  RobinHoodMtl Says:    
  2018-01-03 15:26:25  
  • That's my line – "No time to worry about him! And anyway... we all know he's invincible!" (Careless police officer)

  • The Black Knight has apparently broken of prison. I thought he was already out, because he was at Reed and Sue's wedding. Oh, well...

  • It is interesting how Iron Man would consider these suits of armor as some kind of ancestors.

  • I find it hard to believe that Iron Man's power would deplete so easily or that he would not recharge before knowingly going into a trap, and likewise, that the Black Knight would be counting on this improbable assumption to defeat his nemesis, for that matter.

  • According to Stan Lee, all castles in the United States have been imported from England and rebuilt stone by stone.

  • Colan did a great job with this issue, especially the outstanding splash where Iron Man enters the castle.

  • Too bad the comments and the Issue Notes spoiled it for me, but apparently, the Black Knight does not survive, which makes him the second Masters of Evil member to die for good. I totally agree with MattDog37 that this is pretty anticlimactic, given how uncertain his death was at the end of the story.

  • Not a particularly memorable story, but the suspense was good and the art was amazing. The cliffhanger is quite successful. Not only we're left wondering about Iron Man's fate, but also about the threat of the Black Knight who could still be alive and come back to finish his job. If you have not read the comments, that is.

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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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   February 5, 2018 TStarnes
   February 5, 2018 TStarnes Added Gene Colan creator listing.
   January 31, 2018 TStarnes Added Power Lance listing.
   January 31, 2018 TStarnes Added Iron Man Armor, Model 3 listing.
   January 31, 2018 TStarnes
   January 31, 2018 TStarnes
   January 31, 2018 TStarnes Added Stark Industries to the issue.
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   January 9, 2018 RobinHoodMtl Added synopsis for this issue.
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   November 5, 2014 fragsel Added Elendil to the issue.
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