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777: Tales of Suspense #92 (v1) [A Story]

" Within the Vastness of Viet Nam! "
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Tales of Suspense #92a (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: August 1967
Release Date: June 1967
Story Arc: -
Pages: 12
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 453                 Times Rated: 265
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Issue Blurb
Iron Man allows the army to test a new Stark invention on him. After the test he agrees to a deadly mention against the Red's scientist known as Half Face!
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  Iron Man
Iron Man last appeared in Tales of Suspense #95b (v1). Iron Man next appears in Tales of Suspense #93a (v1).
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Half-Face in the mainstream continuity. Half-Face next appears in Tales of Suspense #93a (v1).
  Titanium Man
Titanium Man last appeared in Tales of Suspense #83a (v1). Titanium Man next appears in Tales of Suspense #93a (v1). He appears only in the shadows.
Group Appearances
United States Armed Forces
United States Armed Forces last appeared in Fantastic Four #72 (v1). United States Armed Forces next appears in Captain America #101 (v1).
Viet Cong
Viet Cong last appeared in Journey into Mystery #117a (v1). Viet Cong next appears in Tales of Suspense #94a (v1).
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Iron Man Armor, Model 3
Iron Man Armor, Model 3 last appeared in Avengers Annual #1. Iron Man Armor, Model 3 next appears in Tales of Suspense #93a (v1).
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Issue Review
   April 4, 2014
I noticed at the last issue that the comic led into Stark being in Vietnam, and thought about how little the industry reflected on it. In fact, I think often about how little my own educational history really touched any part of the history of Vietnam. The story only BRIEFLY visited the soldiers - and all are of course painted with one-dimensional backgrounds. It also led Tony and the soldiers apart before any real conflict took place. This villain - what a terrible name - half-face? Wonder who THAT is in reference to...
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  Canuck Says:    
  2012-08-01 23:00:01  
  I find it a tad peculiar, that Tony Stark would create and distribute weapons specifically capable of defeating Iron Man.  

  skalchemist Says:    
  2013-07-09 21:49:27  
  Apparently Half-face's most important power is the ability to transport a Bavarian castle to Indochina.  

  leisch Says:    
  2013-08-15 10:02:02  
  Oh, good, Iron Man hasn't fought an Asian super genius before. /sarcasm  

  duncanm Says:    
  2014-05-12 13:07:40  
  Half-face? Does he have the sidekick Scar-on-left-cheek Girl?
"Peace through strength rally"? But wasn't that the USA's reason for being in Nam? To bring peace to the region will military might?
When you call your villain Half-face, a guy that looks like he has a broken jaw is a disappointment.
That's kind of a dumb cliffhanger. My guess is that Gene couldn't think of anything menacing, so they just put it off until next month. My guess is it will be a giant robot dog.

  Anonymous Says:    
  2014-08-21 17:37:52  
  I wonder who the next hero to reveal himself will be, it seems like more are open than closed now.  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2014-09-20 20:53:33  
  Half-face? Another story with a red villain? Bah!  

  specialque Says:    
  2014-11-20 21:01:13  
  Yay, Iron Man fights the commies. Again.  

  gloomyharvester Says:    
  2015-01-15 15:19:52  
  So this is where the idea for Darth Malak came from.  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2015-02-23 13:15:46  
  2 stars for the 1st app of Half-Face! I wonder if the look for Trapjaw of the Masters of the Universe came from him?

Kennel - I wonder if Half-Face got the ideal of the robot dogs from the Yashonka Beeper Dogs? Or, vice versa?

'Nuff Said - "GUNG HO!"-Iron Man

  marvelcomicslover Says:    
  2015-03-04 08:42:58  
  Half-Face...ugh...what a corny name. He's got a castle and I guess he's making his own version of Frankenstein's Monster. I have to make it out of the 60's...I've went forward to see all of the great comics and story arcs just waiting up ahead....If I can just get there....  

  Katryn Says:    
  2016-05-28 08:47:11  
  For a second there, I thought Iron Man had stumbled into a deadly game of Hungry Hungry Hippos. But no, robot dogs.  

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2016-06-10 17:00:32  
  From what I know, Gene Colan was a big fan of the old classic Frankenstein films. My guess is this was his way of working it into the story.

I found the character design on Half-Face pretty uninspiring. Someone didn't get the memo, obviously.

But man, this story was all over the map (no pun intended) in terms of tone. I did like the scene with Iron Man uprooting the tree, but that was about it.

And what's with Iron Man hitching a ride in a helicopter??

  Russ Says:    
  2016-10-18 17:35:36  
  It's not hard to see why Half-Face chose to utilize robot dogs to go after Iron Man.....they don't leave spots on his expensive carpeting!

Other than that, this is your prototypical anti-commie propaganda story. Nothing to see here; move along.

  JonahBlack Says:    
  2017-07-18 22:25:13  
  False advertising: He's got way more than half a face.  

  Allencthulhu Says:    
  2017-08-01 12:29:06  
  Three stars for Iron Jaw...I mean Half Face! (really? Half Face? That was the best you could come up with?)  

  opusaug Says:    
  2018-03-10 00:03:31  
  Substandard script, but an extra star for my favorite villains: the commies.  

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   February 1, 2018 TStarnes Added Iron Man Armor, Model 3 listing.
   January 31, 2018 Urgat
   January 3, 2017 fragsel Added United States Armed Forces to the issue.
   January 3, 2017 fragsel Added Viet Cong to the issue.
   March 15, 2014 Spider-Borg Changed comic details.
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