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61: Tales of Suspense #40 (v1)

" Iron Man versus Gargantus! "
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Tales of Suspense #40 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Don Heck
Writers: Stan Lee, Robert Bernstein
Pencilers: Jack Kirby
Inkers: Don Heck
Colourists: Stan Goldberg
Letterers: Artie Simek
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: April 1963
Release Date: January 1963
Story Arc: -
Pages: 13
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 1,401                 Times Rated: 699
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Fantastic Four #13 (v1)
Tales to Astonish #42 (v1)
Tales of Suspense #40 (v1)
Journey into Mystery #92 (v1)
Fantastic Four #14 (v1)
59: Fantastic Fou...
#13 (v1)
60: Tales to Asto...
#42 (v1)
 
62: Journey into ...
#92 (v1)
63: Fantastic Fou...
#14 (v1)
 
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The people of Glenville have built a wall surrounding the town, cutting it off from the outside world, and are uncooperative when the state police try and investigate the strange behavior. Fearful of his female companion's situation in the town, Tony Stark launches an investigation of his own as the Iron Man!
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Main Characters
  Iron Man
Iron Man last appeared in Tales of Suspense #39a (v1). Iron Man next appears in Tales of Suspense #41 (v1).
     
Supporting Characters
  Marianne Rodgers
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Marianne Rodgers in the mainstream continuity. Marianne Rodgers next appears in Iron Man #36 (v1).
     
 
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United States Armed Forces
United States Armed Forces last appeared in Journey into Mystery #91 (v1). United States Armed Forces next appears in Fantastic Four #14 (v1).
   
     
 
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Iron Man Armor, Mark I
Iron Man Armor, Mark I last appeared in Tales of Suspense #39a (v1). Iron Man Armor, Mark I next appears in Tales of Suspense #41 (v1).
 
     
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This is the first appearance of the Mk II Iron Man Armor.
 
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RikerDonegal
   September 6, 2013
Very different in tone to the first story. That was a grim thriller, this is a big, silly sci-fi tale. It wants to be fun. And, once you put your brain in neutral, it pretty much is fun. 6/10
 
 
 
 
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  fragsel Says:    
  2011-11-09 13:51:23  
  So he's not able to swim with his friends (girls). But that doesn't mean sexual abstinence? Tell me it doesn't... Please. Somebody. Tell me... .

. . OH, NO.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO...
 
 
 

  thomassp74 Says:    
  2011-11-20 11:39:56  
  Haha Nice call fragsel.

"Tony Stark has left the gay party for a most unusual date with...an electric cord!" Maybe I'm immature, but that made me chuckle.

Why does Iron Man need suction cups on his palms in order for his boot jets to work?

What I learned:
Gold isn't nearly as frightening as gray.
In the Swinging Sixties our army rode around on roller skates. That's how Vietnam beat us....we couldn't skate in the jungle.

"Leave it to a woman to figure out an attractive appearance!" In Stan and friends' minds, a female character has finally proven useful.

State police would be breaking the law if they went into Granville? Looks like Stan's civic knowledge is as impressive as his scientific know how.
 
 
 

  Hertz1991 Says:    
  2011-12-15 07:52:19  
  I'm just guessing Tony Stark f**** with his shirt on.  
 
 

  Dark_Knight93 Says:    
  2012-06-30 22:25:57  
  So the crowd is basically saying "Help! Someone save us!" *sees Iron-Man* "Ew, somebody who doesn't look all gray and ugly." So people need to have their heroes fashionable, interesting.

Move over magnetic energy, transistors are the new god-like solution to everything. Speaking of magnetic energy, did I actually witness magnets being used on something other than humans? Stan is finally taking baby steps into reality it seems.
 
 
 

  Agrippina Says:    
  2012-07-13 02:28:13  
  I find it really interesting how in the 60s you showed that someone was a good guy by saying that they made weapons while, in the naughties, you do it by saying that they're GIVING UP the weapons trade.  
 
 

  TaoTaomona Says:    
  2012-07-29 21:36:35  
  Love the fact Iron Man can stand in proximity to his powerful magnets unhindered as they tear apart another metal robot!  
 
 

  MX5 Says:    
  2012-08-07 21:50:56  
  ...Issue 2 of Iron Man... Have come to the conclusion that I hate the word Transistor.  
 
 

  specialque Says:    
  2012-09-14 12:21:50  
  I never had an interest in Iron Man until starting this. So far, the two stories I've read have delivered. I like how easily aliens in these old stories just give up once ONE plan has been foiled.  
 
 

  Phantasmagoria Says:    
  2012-10-17 20:57:43  
  Ugh...This issue was plain painful. I might have liked it a lot more if Gargantus really was a huge neanderthal as opposed to a robot constructed by aliens.  
 
 

  Donuil23 Says:    
  2012-10-30 19:56:55  
  The fleshing out of Tony's character was pretty good, even the tiger fight, but it went downhill from there.
If the cloud had been there the whole time hiding the saucer, yet it was also preventing Gargantus' powers, then how was anyone hypnotized in the first place??
 
 
 

  Spider-Borg Says:    
  2012-12-11 00:12:38  
  Honestly I preferred the silver Iron Man over the gold one. I never liked gold colored anything really. Even my wedding ring is Titanium.  
 
 

  Dopey Says:    
  2012-12-13 00:06:48  
  First and Foremost! A transistor is an electrical apparatus that is used to manipulate or amplify electrical energy. Transistors cannot: power magnets, power roller-skate engines, unfold and/or elongate iron equipment, power jets, drills, suction gloves etc. Transistors can however theoretically enable Iron Man to broadcast a challenge to Gargantus from across a city. I attribute all of this nonsense to the times in which these stories were written, but really, this was no secret knowledge back then. I say for the record: Stan has so far proven to be unoriginal with his explanations and so comic ratings suffer by my hand.

Don Heck can draw a pretty girl. Comparing Marianne's face in this comic to Ms. Storm's in Kirby's FF ones, I'm lead to believe that the inker is sometimes given liberties. Marianne here is definitely a Mr. Heck success. The aliens are the only thing that really screams Kirby in my opinion.

I agree with the above comment that this is enjoyable for the snippets of a formative Tony Stark, and I enjoyed seeing some of these early Iron Man gadgets that we all know and love being developed. Yes, they are crude, but it's cool to see how they started and I'm interested to watch them progress as they stop relying on transistors for power. Tony's decision to change his armor's colour fits his personality in my opinion, so I have no problem with it. It did look better grey though.

One star for wild circus cats. A second for Mr. Heck and the lovely Marianne. A third for formative Tony Stark.
 
 
 

  edgar987 Says:    
  2012-12-23 21:49:18  
  3 Stars for a decent story and great art.  
 
 

  Robareid Says:    
  2013-01-13 02:54:20  
  A decentish story, but wasn't a huge fan of the art and I thought the issue was paced really badly  
 
 

  chrys Says:    
  2013-04-07 20:04:48  
  "'Tony Stark has left the gay party for a most unusual date with... an electric cord!' Maybe I'm immature, but that made me chuckle."

Count me in the immature crowd.

Stark, maybe it's not the color that makes your armor hideous? Maybe it's the whole way it looks. Just a thought. I prefer the gray one myself.
 
 
 

  JobberMP Says:    
  2013-06-20 12:50:24  
  He now charges himself in the Bathroom.....could be caught doing worse things in there I suppose.  
 
 

  leisch Says:    
  2013-07-20 08:34:42  
  A classic origin followed by a lame robot story. What alien genius conceived the plan "let's conquer the earth by sending one robot caveman"?  
 
 

  Psychopat Says:    
  2013-08-29 04:52:57  
  I actually liked the fact that the character advance and get a new costume but I really hate that Golden armor.... looks too much like C3PO to me!  
 
 

  dpaone Says:    
  2013-09-05 17:00:19  
  Transitor power!  
 
 

  marvelcomicslover Says:    
  2013-10-05 19:32:11  
  I thought it was neat that the aliens had showed up 80,000 years ago and came back again. That, and the introduction of Marianne Rodgers was probably the best thing about this one-shot story. The gold suit was ok.  
 
 

  Tarquinnff3 Says:    
  2013-10-06 12:18:26  
  I liked the story leading up to the encounter with Gargantus, but everything involving him was rather uninteresting. I also enjoyed the plot thread that Iron Man realizes his costume is frightening and has to redesign it so it doesn't scare people. I know that he changes his suit more in the future so I'm looking forward to that as well. Iron Man is pretty good so far.  
 
 

  ChinstrapLarry Says:    
  2013-10-31 21:52:21  
  Military roller skates.........yesssss!  
 
 

  VenomousIntent Says:    
  2013-11-16 09:30:55  
  I'm tired of magnets.  
 
 

  Locust75 Says:    
  2014-01-11 16:19:56  
  Just one star for the crappy aliens, and their big cavebot.

Cover Me - The old blind them with a flashlight trick!

Hidden Years - A mad scientist with a shrinking ray! A writer has gotta revisit it!

New Dance Craze - On page 5, panel 1....Do the Iron Man, du, du, du....

Hear Kitty, Kitty - On page 6, panel 6 I love the tiger's cry...Yeowwwrr!

Hidden Years II - Tony thinks of a mission in Africa. Hmmm...Could it be in Wakanda perhaps??? I smell a story here!

'Nuff Said - "Yes, Gargantus...you're falling apart like the huge robot you are!"-Iron Man
 
 
 

  Bramwell Says:    
  2014-01-17 22:07:18  
  1. Loving the cover and splash screen. Ironman in the raw and not yet worked put.
2. Military grade roller skates...fun.
3. I always thought the suit in the attache case was ridiculous.
4. The human element of caring that he scares people is a nice touch
5. Lots of lettering errors
6. The villain and plot are pretty bad...plus magnetism and hypnosis.
I love Ironman but this one is pretty bad...2 stars
 
 
 

  opusaug Says:    
  2014-02-03 16:29:42  
  Wow, that was undeniably awful. What a drop in quality from the origin story. I wish someone would mass-hypnotize me to forget this issue ever happened.  
 
 

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2014-02-06 11:06:13  
  This one definitely smacked of “they’re making it up as they go along.”

The method for the switch to the gold armor was pretty flimsy, and basically amounted to a coat of gold paint?? Let’s hope it was at least made from unstable molecules so it doesn’t flake or crack when being folded into Tony’s magic suitcase.

I liked the panel showing Tony changing into his armor. The middle illustration makes it look like he’s fitting on his iron underpants LOL!

And did Tony paralyze the leopard during the circus mayhem? There’s a very loud “CRACK!” as the leopard slams into him, and then he callously swings it by the tail into the remaining cats, and you can see the dead stare in its eyes on Page 6, Panel 1. In Page 6 Panel 2, it just lies there, motionless. Poor kitty.

We also get to see a glimpse of what a womanizer Tony is. Marion gives him the idea to make his armor gold, and seems to be important to him, but by the time he gets to Granville, he's all like "oh, there's Marion, the girl I dated."

And of course, the magnets... always the magnets.
 
 
 

  danberado Says:    
  2014-02-14 15:56:59  
  The artist/inker had no idea how to draw/fill in tunnels apparently.  
 
 

  rainbowsad Says:    
  2014-07-06 17:54:18  
  Oh boy, military roller skates... Pretty average issue, silly as per usual. Come on, why do all of these aliens give up so easy? Still, I'm going to keep hoping these Iron-Man comics'll be a step up from Ant-Man.  
 
 

  rook420 Says:    
  2014-08-09 13:16:07  
  I have to say< I like Don heck's Iron Man much more than Kirby's. Heck's was more in proportion to a human being whereas Kirby's looks more cartoony. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I give Kirby his due props, but in certain ways, I prefer Don Heck and with the early Iron Man armor, Heck wins hands down. As fas as the story... well it's about as lame as the rest at this point.  
 
 

  UncannySteven Says:    
  2014-10-16 20:14:51  
  Wow. Its seriously like 3 out of 5 issues a month had invading aliens. What the hell were they thinking? I guess back then it was ground breaking?  
 
 

  quartertwain Says:    
  2015-02-23 06:35:07  
  I have a feeling that I'm going to hate this new writer, Berns. Apparently, he is not aware writing's "less is more" concept. In as few as two pages, this guy, who could be tall or short, has really started to bug me. Example #1: "Just as other men plug in their electric shavers for their morning of evening shave". Umm... thanks for letting me know the time of day that people shave, buddy, could you also let me know what room they shave in? Example #2: "Gasp! My shrinking ray isn't working! No, doctor! I'm jamming it's electronic firing mechanism, with electrical interference!" How about this Ironman, The Pedantic Mecho-warrior-scientist, "No! I'm jamming it electrically!" Or, even better, "No! I'm jamming it!" Word to the wise, Berns, a good way not to make a fool of yourself, is to stop trying to educate people who know more than you. A good way to write, is to ask yourself if each word is necessary to convey meaning. On that note... Berns = Fail.  
 
 

  rodyoungerblood Says:    
  2015-05-28 07:06:26  
  I don't think Stan Lee even understood his logic behind Tony Stark's swift deduction.  
 
 

  Hovis Says:    
  2015-09-15 20:58:20  
  The Aliens on the last page look like they belong on Sesame Street  
 
 

  Johnny Darkness Says:    
  2015-10-14 16:11:40  
  Stupid, but I liked it. Though I liked Don Heck's Iron Man infinitely better. It's also interesting that his original armor only lasted one issue basically.  
 
 

  jbb10499 Says:    
  2015-10-27 17:42:33  
  I liked the fleshing out of Tony's character, and I liked that this was the first of many upgrades to his armor, but other than that it was only a decent issue  
 
 

  yack Says:    
  2015-12-23 08:13:30  
  Aliens and commies is overkill in this era. Go golden avenger!  
 
 

  RobinHoodMtl Says:    
  2016-03-12 18:07:02  
 
  • Ah, metal roller-skates!... Oh, but can you believe what a wreck it would make if one of these skating soldiers fell on the highway? Only takes a tiny rock, ya know!

  • That’s my line – “Tony Stark has left the gay party for a most unusual date with... an electric cord!” Out of context, with no drawings, I can picture something totally different!

  • Never thought of it but yeah, not being able to show your chest can ruin a love live.

  • Anyone noticed how magically fitting that bulky chest piece becomes when Stark is not wearing the rest of the armor?

  • On the same note, Iron Man’s new suit is the same ugly armor with a paint job. How not creative! Never liked it. He should have tried green. It worked for the Hulk.

  • What? Aliens again? So it is true then. There’s a non-written law that by your second appearance (well, third for Spidey), you must stop an alien invasion to be fully pledged as a super-hero.

  • These aliens look like Jim Hanson’s Muppets.

  • It took them 80,000 years to go home and come back with that robot? And it failed? That IS some time investment! Oooh, they must have been so disappointed!

  • From the comments above, I’m happy to know I’m not the only one who came to hate the word “transistor”.
 
 
 

  Billstar2 Says:    
  2016-04-15 02:10:17  
  Decent story. Golden Ironman is born. Magnets used correctly.  
 
 

  Calion Says:    
  2016-05-24 16:11:39  
  Okay, so apparently there's a union rule that says that new heroes or teams must fight aliens by their second issue (reset if you change titles, as in Spider-Man). This is literally the case for every character or group so far. WTF?

Mediocre story. I was really hoping for more from Iron Man. But apparently, once you get (or invent) super powers, you must immediately turn to crime fighting (or crime) after your first costumed adventure. The exceptions are Hulk and Spider-Man.
 
 
 

  KnuckIfYouBuckley Says:    
  2016-09-03 12:35:28  
  Important only for the switch over to the gold Mk II armor (on account of the grey appearing freakish to civilians...wouldn't it more accurately be the LOOK of the armor?!?) and nothing else really. I understand the skeleton crew Marvel was running at the time for these stories, but all these villains devolving into alien invaders reminds of the classic Simpsons line of "a wizard did it" as a lazy way of neatly wrapping up things. Looking forward to when the stories will have largely moved past that.  
 
 

  Murphynator42 Says:    
  2016-11-18 08:58:03  
  Remarks about poor Tony's suddenly empty sex life and "new" more marketable suit aside, this was kind of eh. We have yet to reach issue 100 and already this feels like a repeat of previous mediocre stories. But hey, golden suit; one Mark closer to the suit designs we're more accustomed to and fond of  
 
 

  ScottG12 Says:    
  2016-11-21 15:54:05  
  How does gold work out to be less frightening than silver? Also getting annoyed at all these alien invaders doing nothing and also hypnotism.  
 
 

  spb Says:    
  2017-01-16 03:32:30  
  the fight against the jungle cats at the circus made me chuckle  
 
 

  CrazyforRAMU Says:    
  2017-04-19 10:43:16  
  I love it when the Bullpen zeroes in on one of the dozens of ridiculous plot holes inherent in these early comics and plugs it in a way that draws way more attention than the hole itself.

Tony's Iron Man suitcase is X-Ray proof. Like that's the most pressing question we could ask about a suit of flying, bulletproof metal armor that folds up into a small briefcase (and apparently weighs just a few pounds): What if somebody X-Rays it?

This is such a Stan Lee move I suspect he took the time to jam that line into Mr. Burns's script personally.
 
 
 

  razzledazzlepg Says:    
  2017-05-05 00:48:50  
  Stan Lee really loves magnets and really hate Russians.  
 
 

  noahsell Says:    
  2017-06-07 08:41:27  
  I'm tired of Alien Invasions and Hypnotism  
 
 

  Allencthulhu Says:    
  2017-06-11 19:26:47  
  Iron Man brings the bling! Seriously, though, it was all an alien? One star for this Ant-Man reject.  
 
 

  qwybie Says:    
  2017-07-22 20:28:26  
  Transistors are magical things.

This was actually fun. Would've been 4 stars if Gargantus had actually turned out to be a mutant neanderthal.
 
 
 

 
 
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Essential Iron Man, Volume 1
 
This collection includesTales of Suspense #40 (v1), Tales of Suspense #39a (v1), Tales of Suspense #42 (v1), Tales of Suspense #41 (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)
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