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438: Tales of Suspense #75 (v1) [A Story]

" The Fury of the Freak! "
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Tales of Suspense #75a (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Gene Colan
Writers: Stan Lee
Pencilers: Adam Austin
Inkers: Gary Michaels
Letterers: Sam Rosen
Cover Date: March 1966
Release Date: December 1965
Story Arc: -
Pages: 12
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 630                 Times Rated: 355
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Issue Blurb
Happy has become a "Freak" and is on the rampage. Only a stronger application of the device that made him into the Freak can reverse the effects. But can the already nearly drained Iron Man lure him back to the device?
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  Iron Man
Iron Man last appeared in Tales of Suspense #74a (v1). Iron Man next appears in Tales of Suspense #76a (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Happy Hogan
Happy Hogan last appeared in Tales of Suspense #74a (v1). Happy Hogan next appears in Tales of Suspense #76a (v1).
  Pepper Potts
Pepper Potts last appeared in Tales of Suspense #74a (v1). Pepper Potts next appears in Tales of Suspense #76a (v1).
  Senator Byrd
Senator Byrd last appeared in Tales of Suspense #74a (v1). Senator Byrd next appears in Tales of Suspense #76a (v1).
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Issue Synopsis
After doctors used Stark's Enervator ray on a critically injured Happy Hogan and accidentally turned him into some monster they called the Freak, Iron Man is trying to keep him from rampaging a power station. But he must act fast because he did not have the time to fully recharge his transistors after his dealings with the Black Knight. Unable to neutralize the Freak without injuring his friend Happy in the process, Iron Man uses all that remains of his power to make him follow him to his lab so he can attempt to reverse the effect of the ray.

Unfortunately, Iron Man runs out of power before reaching his target and falls to the ground motionless right before the Freak. Suddenly, the monster stops as he hears the sound of a familiar voice. He then vaguely remembers the woman whom Happy loved for many years and follows her voice inside Stark Industries.

It turns out that Pepper is arguing again with Senator Byrd who is pressuring her to have Tony Stark meet him. Armed with a subpoena, Byrd once more threatens to force Stark to reveal the secrets of Iron Man’s armor so the United States can benefit from this technology. Witnessing the senator verbally aggressing Pepper, the Freak attacks the man and quickly knocks him out. Then the creature approaches the girl in some grotesque attempt to tell her something but she's terrified and faints.

The Freak gently takes Pepper in his arms while outside, the Senator's personal police escort are worried that Byrd has not yet come back. Then they see the creature climbing out a window, ready to jump down with Pepper in his arms. As they try to talk him out of moving forward, Iron Man is slowly regaining consciousness. In their efforts to stop the Freak from jumping, one of the police officers shoots him in the shoulder but it causes him to drop Pepper. Seeing this, Iron Man quickly uses his repulsor ray to soften her fall.

Having rested enough to recover some power, Iron Man flies to his lab to check on the Senator Byrd. Then he waits for the exact moment that the Freak gets into position and activates a machine to reverse the process that turned his friend into this monstrosity. Even if the machine is affecting his armor in a very painful and possibly lethal way for Stark, the Golden Avenger takes the current beyond human tolerance because he knows Happy already did the same for him. Then the hero is about to black out...
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  Canuck Says:    
  2012-06-01 23:25:35  
  I may be in the minority, but I really enjoy the heavy inking and dark ambiance to these last couple of Iron man's.  

  Robareid Says:    
  2013-06-02 14:33:49  
  A slightly ugly guy who seems to recognise me! *faints*  

  leisch Says:    
  2013-08-06 14:37:59  
  I hate the freakin' Freak!  

  duncanm Says:    
  2013-12-12 17:56:08  
  I'm really getting sick of Iron Man running out of power every single issue, it's getting old real fast, and hopefully it's something they rectify soon.  

  Durango55 Says:    
  2014-04-12 09:54:35  
  Not sure while the panel of Pepper fainting as the Freak approached her needed to take up an entire page...

Despite an unimpressive set of initial stories, Iron Man has become quite enjoyable.

Never really gave much thought To Gene Colan's work back in the day, but I'm finding I really enjoy it. Nice and moody...

  metasynthie Says:    
  2014-06-16 09:31:35  
  The ongoing plot with Byrd feels a little repetitive, but he's an interesting enough mundane-world villain to keep the suspense going alongside more classic world-destroyer types.  

  marvelcomicslover Says:    
  2014-07-19 19:32:37  
  Oh man...this is a boring story arc.

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2014-08-17 13:40:44  
  3 stars. I am enjoying this arc, but I agree that it could be written better without the same old "transistors dying, must recharge" or "a 5 minute break was all I needed to recharge even though I didn't recharge to full power earlier..."

Regardless, I am entertained.

  arsenal009 @ Canuck (original post):    
  2014-08-19 10:24:42  
  You can thank Gene Colan for that. :D  

  arsenal009 Says:    
  2014-08-19 10:26:36  
  Not sure if Stan is actually writing this.
If he was, the book would be littered w things like "one minute later" or "exactly 5 seconds later", lol.

  Locust75 Says:    
  2014-09-03 20:05:12  
  1 star for more freakin' Freak.

Cover Me - Dag nab it! The Freak's right hand is in the way of Pepper's Pot!!!

Convenient - If only Iron Man used his roller skates to charge his transistors...

'Nuff Said - "Who in the name of perdition is that..?!!"-Sen. Byrd

  CosmicCostello Says:    
  2014-11-01 15:19:55  
  I will be glad when the writers stop using the running low on power schtick.

That cop who is firing at Happy while he holds Pepper in the window used to work for SHIELD until he opened fire on a crowd outside a window back in Strange Tales 141. He has a thing about windows (or used to be a Nazi as they are all trigger happy).

Poor retread of Frankenstein. Really boring, uninspired tale. Fantastic art, though!

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2015-05-07 14:49:26  
  I absolutely loved this chapter in the arc! It was such an awesome throwback to Universal's Classic Monsters of the 30s and 40s, 1950's mad scientist sci-fi, 1960s Hammer Films, and Cold War propaganda all rolled up into one.

Gene Colan's artwork is fantastic on this too, with great panel layouts and atmospheric shading that really sells the mood. Check out that awesome shadow that the Freak's hand casts back onto his hospital gown... So cool! To me, this style of artwork reminds me of Colan's style during the 70s. Compare this with Kirby's style in the companion Captsin America story in the same issue and you couldn't have a starker contrast in artistic style. It's like looking at two different decades.

I also really loved that shot of Happy's hands on Pg7/P4, which is a nice homage to Boris Karloff's hands in Frankenstein when he is throwing flowers into the water with the little girl, or when he wants the hermit to play more violin music.

I also liked that Senator Byrd got his own heroic moment to step in and protect Pepper, instead of the expected cliche of him becoming a simpering ninny in the face of danger. Nice touch!

And finally, I loved how Tony referred to Happy as "the freak" on Pg11/P5. Ouch!

Great stuff all around!

  J-Smack Says:    
  2016-08-02 16:38:17  
  Hate to say it, but the roller skates may have been of use for the chase in this one.  

  J-Smack @ Locust75 (original post):    
  2016-08-02 16:39:06  
  Ha, just realized you talked about the skates as well, albeit, in a different context.  

  Allencthulhu Says:    
  2017-06-21 22:55:15  
  Two stars. One for the story, one for the art. The mouse is wobbling around still.  

  RobinHoodMtl Says:    
  2018-01-03 22:39:51  
  • That's my line – "Who in the name of perdition is that...?!!" (Senator Byrd) – Yeah, Locust75 beat me to it, but admit there is not much worthy dialog to work with in this one.

  • The plot of Iron Man running out of power is getting old and is mentioned so often in this issue it's not even funny!

  • Despite the magnificent artwork, this story lost its stars for being unbearably repetitive about Iron Man's failing armor, Senator Byrd's threats, and Happy's recent sacrifice to save Iron Man. It also feels as if the creators are trying to stretch this arc for another issue but are running out of presentable material. The only interesting twist was the Freak recognizing Pepper's voice, but this trope is really not a novelty now, is it? 3 stars because I'm still intrigued and entertained.

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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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