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65: Tales of Suspense #41 (v1)

" The Stronghold of Doctor Strange! "
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Tales of Suspense #41 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief:
Cover Artists: Jack Kirby
Writers: Stan Lee, Robert Bernstein
Pencilers: Jack Kirby
Inkers: Dick Ayers
Colourists:
Letterers: Martin Epp
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Cover Date: May 1963
Release Date: February 1963
Story Arc: -
Pages: 13
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 1,293                 Times Rated: 651
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Fantastic Four #14 (v1)
Tales to Astonish #43 (v1)
Tales of Suspense #41 (v1)
Journey into Mystery #93 (v1)
Amazing Spider-Man #3 (v1)
63: Fantastic Fou...
#14 (v1)
64: Tales to Asto...
#43 (v1)
 
66: Journey into ...
#93 (v1)
67: Amazing Spide...
#3 (v1)
 
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Evil genius Dr. Strange uses his knowledge of science to create a gadget which hypnotizes Iron Man. With Iron Man's incredible strength at his disposal, Dr Strange breaks out of prison. Now, he has issued the Earth an ultimatum to bow down to him or be destroyed!
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Character Appearances
 
Main Characters
  Iron Man
Iron Man last appeared in Tales of Suspense #40 (v1). Iron Man next appears in Tales of Suspense #42 (v1).
     
Supporting Characters
  Carla Strange
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Carla Strange in the mainstream continuity.
     
  John F. Kennedy
Cameo Appearance First Appearance
This is the first appearance by John F. Kennedy in the mainstream continuity. John F. Kennedy next appears in Fantastic Four #17 (v1). This is a cameo appearance.
     
Villains
  Doctor Strange
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Doctor Strange in the mainstream continuity.
     
  Nikita Khrushchev
Nikita Khrushchev next appears in Fantastic Four #17 (v1).
     
 
Group Appearances
Stark Industries
Stark Industries next appears in Tales of Suspense #42 (v1).
   
     
United States Military
United States Military last appeared in Fantastic Four #14 (v1). United States Military next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #3 (v1).
   
     
 
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Iron Man Armor, Mark I
Iron Man Armor, Mark I last appeared in Tales of Suspense #40 (v1).
 
     
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Issue Notes
 

Issue Notes

The Doctor Strange in this issue has no relation to the Mystic Supreme Dr. Strange.

This is the first time we see Stark Industries.
 
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RikerDonegal
   September 7, 2013
Quality takes another dive in this silly third issue. The villain is laughable, and the more the story/narration tries to make him seem terrifying the more ridiculous it all becomes. There are some nice touches, but the whole endeavour is sadly far removed from the enjoyable first issue. 3/10
 
 
 
 
TStarnes
   October 22, 2012
I am split on this issue. Part of it is actually not half bad, and the other half is terrible. The stuff involving Tony himself and his balancing act between rich playboy and super-hero is pretty good. Even the dialog, which at this time is still universally crummy, isn't cringe worthy. Lee does a good job of showing the conflict he goes through.
 
 
 
 
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Comments
   
 
  thomassp74 Says:    
  2011-11-20 19:34:11  
  Iron man can run on two dry cell batteries?

It's a little odd seeing the name Doctor Strange like that.
 
 
 

  pik.asso Says:    
  2012-06-19 02:15:24  
  "Yet IRONically he did do one good thing." Sure, what could be bad about iron?  
 
 

  Dark_Knight93 Says:    
  2012-07-01 12:15:23  
  How come all these fantastic inventions Tony Stark claims to make are never seen used or heard of again? lol Is he lying to impress his lady friends?

Anyways, like the previous issue, the scenes with Stark are good, but the scenes with Iron-Man are less than impressive.
 
 
 

  Agrippina Says:    
  2012-07-15 06:40:15  
  I'm quite liking these early Iron Man stories, but it's annoying how Tony's appearance changes from comic to comic... and even panel to panel.  
 
 

  Ice Says:    
  2012-07-21 19:00:33  
  I really like the art in this one. The panel with IM bursting up through the floor in Strange's hideout is quite good.

Also, I wonder what ever happened to this particular Dr. Strange? He gets away, at the end. I suppose he's been embroiled in legal battles over the licensing of the name "Dr. Strange" with some surgeon.
 
 
 

  specialque Says:    
  2012-09-14 23:41:25  
  I didn't know Doctor Strange was evil. I also didn't know Iron Man can get recharged with batteries.  
 
 

  cmp_doctor Says:    
  2012-10-10 22:13:00  
  I didn't know Dr Strange was a villain.  
 
 

  Phantasmagoria Says:    
  2012-10-23 10:44:09  
  This issue's main strength is it's art. I am quite impressed by some of the action panels that Kirby was able to pull off here. Other than that, though, this issue doesn't have a lot going for it.  
 
 

  Dopey Says:    
  2012-12-19 03:09:57  
  Well. I don't think this issue was all THAT bad. Actually, out of the first 50 or so comics, I feel that this one is one of the better.

I do so enjoy the character of Tony Stark. I mean, this guy is the guy we all want to be! I particularly like how he takes a marriage comment, turns it into a conversation about the amazing deeds he's pulled off for humanity, and then tells the broad he'll see her next time he's in town! Jeez Louise, don't you guys wish you had that skill, or is it just me? I find myself reciprocating on the "love" bomb just to get it in these days, and it always makes for an awkward situation a week or so later...

Iron Man threw an airplane stair at a plane. I thought that this was a bit much. He's strong, but I mean, there's only so much that Earth physics can allow, and this one set off my Impossible Radar. He's not the Hulk or the Thing. Having said that, I'm pretty confidant in saying that so far Iron Man is my new fave.

Now, Dr. Strange... Electrical Whiz. What I saw in this issue was the setup of a main villain for Iron Man. He's got it all; evil henchmen, genius, a master plan, an impenetrable island in the Atlantic, 200 megaton bombs, and a hot daughter. I've read up on it, and after he escapes at the end of this issue, we'll never see the guy again. Wtf? It rattles me.

With the a-bombs detonated on Strange's island, and the huge one he detonated in aerospace, it's no wonder the X-Men are about to show up, what with all the nuclear fallout that is clearly polluting all of the world after this comic.

In response to an above commenter, I find that Kirby does great costumed heels, non-human characters, and unrivalled scenery and detailed objects. He cannot for the life of him, however, draw people or their faces. As of yet, anyway.
 
 
 

  Dopey Says:    
  2012-12-19 03:10:41  
  One star for Tony Stark. One star for Dr. Strange. One star for the selflessness that Iron Man shows in destroying the one thing powering Strange's island even though he knew it would kill him. Minus one star for Duracell saving the day.  
 
 

  Spider-Borg Says:    
  2013-01-12 01:40:39  
  Wtf is an "s bomb"? That's the one they blew up in space. Perhaps it stands for "space bomb"  
 
 

  gonzo Says:    
  2013-06-16 12:52:34  
  Maybe the other Doctor Strange can cure this Doctor Strange of his schmaltzy dialogue.  
 
 

  JobberMP Says:    
  2013-06-18 08:18:08  
  Ironman.......His Powerful abilities.....batteries from one flash light. haha. Genius  
 
 

  leisch Says:    
  2013-07-20 17:26:37  
  Dr Strange acts like he's been around a while, referring to his reputation as 'the master of evil'. The ending is telegraphed as soon as his need to win his daughter's love is mentioned. Who says this isn't the Marvel Age of Pathos?  
 
 

  Psychopat Says:    
  2013-08-31 12:03:02  
  I really liked the way he doesn't care about dying to make the arrest on Dr.Strange. And the art was awesome when Iron Man is underwater and the few panels after that!  
 
 

  Tarquinnff3 Says:    
  2013-10-07 15:40:03  
  This issue was okay. It is interesting to see Marvel use a name for the villain that they would later reappropriate.  
 
 

  marvelcomicslover Says:    
  2013-10-25 22:36:48  
  OK art. I wonder if they ever bring back Doctor Strange, maybe under a new name, seeing as how he escaped.  
 
 

  Locust75 Says:    
  2014-01-12 11:30:19  
  3 stars for the Evil Dr. Strange! I agree with Dopey, Evil Dr. Strange had potential to be with the likes of Dr. Doom, Mandarin, and The Leader. Marvel could of changed his name to Pro. Strange, Mr. Strange, Sir Strange, or even Dr. Strangelove!!!

Tush - On page 4, panel 1. I thought was a misprint when Tony's girl said tush thinking she meant hush. But it does mean more than just buttocks.

Carnie - Iron Man taking the cannonball to the stomach reminds me of the old clip of an older fat guy doing the very same thing!

God Of Thunder - I wonder if that stray bolt of lightning that took out Evil Dr. Strange in the past was from Thor?

Rarity - It is refreshing when Evil Dr. Strange controls Iron Man that the local authorities don't automatically think Iron Man's turned evil. Usually everyone ASSumes the worst!

Clubhouse - Those evil scientists & military men look a lot like the Red Skull's Exiles.

Down The Drain - Iron Man uses his suit to dig under Evil Dr. Strange's base causing his power to drain faster. Even though just last issue he used a hand held drill...

Extra - The End of the Universe is a good story also!

'Nuff Said - "Disregard my threat and as sure as my name is Dr. Strange, I will bury you all!"-Evil Dr. Strange
 
 
 

  Bramwell Says:    
  2014-01-21 02:37:03  
  1. Fleshing out Tony Stark as unbelievably genius and fabulously wealthy, with military contracts and inventions. In the first couple of Iron Man appearances we see character traits that are the essence of what we think of the character to this day. Tony Stark is a believable superhero while Iron Man is a fantastical superhero.
2. Alright, the kids party is dumb.
3. He doesn't look all that strange to me
4. Seriously...hypnosis...whatever
5. The enter character of the villain feels overly contrived and superficial.l
6. Page 11 - classic type of worldwide broadcast from a villain - kneel before Zod and pay ,e 1 meeeleeeeon dollars.
7. Demoniac is not a word. Your choices are demonic or maniacal - choose only one.
8. The battle, the contrived weakness, the batteries....lame.
I like the character but this issue had some serious problems...2 stars
 
 
 

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2014-02-08 20:53:09  
  What a strange villain... no pun intended.
 
 
 

  rainbowsad Says:    
  2014-07-06 23:33:37  
  The first part was really nice! I actually really enjoy Tony Stark as a character, he makes for an interesting change of pace. The rest of this issue however...  
 
 

  rook420 Says:    
  2014-08-13 17:43:28  
  I'm still looking forward to Don Heck's return to penciling Iron Man. He draws him better proportioned. Kirby's version just doesn't work as well.  
 
 

  NAFilip Says:    
  2015-02-02 19:16:22  
  Iron Man battles Dr. Stephen Strange's 2nd cousin, Carlo.

They could bring him back; flesh out his back story a little. He's the black sheep of the Strange family. It WAS Thor leading the charge which put him behind bars the first time...
 
 
 

  quartertwain Says:    
  2015-02-23 10:14:20  
  Horrible dialogue..taking over.... panel art.....must get to next issue.....  
 
 

  jbb10499 Says:    
  2015-11-23 10:52:26  
  *sees Dr. Strange "Oh sweet Dr. Strange" *Reads comic "This is not Dr. Strange"  
 
 

  yack Says:    
  2015-12-23 08:20:56  
  The villain was not as painful as he looks in the art. He could of been a good return villain but man they need to change the name.  
 
 

  RobinHoodMtl Says:    
  2016-03-13 11:46:58  
 
  • That’s my line – “Careful, doll! You’ll make me flip my halo!” (Anthony Stark)

  • When a woman hugs Tony Stark, can’t she feel the iron chest?

  • I came to the sad conclusion that Stan Lee and friends should definitely stop trying to come up with any scientific explanation. To ANYTHING! I’m sure they all sucked at science in school. And they make all heroes look bad!

  • Another sad conclusion is that I’m half a century too late to make such conclusions. So from now on, I should try and stop commenting on lame science. It’s hopeless anyway.

  • Granting access to an electronics lag to a recognized criminal genius is really poor judgment. They did the same with the Wizard! Penal system on Earth-616 is so crappy!

  • Boring story with a boring criminal.
 
 
 

  Billstar2 Says:    
  2016-04-17 00:19:13  
  Iron vs doc strange. Little different then I thought it would be.
Apparently, batteries are included.
 
 
 

  Calion Says:    
  2016-05-24 17:47:01  
  1. Magic mind-controlling ultra-frequency waves that only work on Iron Man for some reason!
2. Um…suddenly his suit is waterproof? But I can still see his eyes through the holes…
3. …flashlight batteries. Oh, dear.

Pretty darned poor story. Two stars. I like to follow each new hero for a whole when he's introduced into the Order. I think I'm done with Iron Man already. Perhaps I'm spoiled by Spider-Man. Regardless, back to the Essentials list you go, Iron Man!
 
 
 

  Calion @ Dark_Knight93 (original post):    
  2016-05-24 17:50:17  
  In particular, that artillery machine-gun would entirely change the face of warfare. With something like that, you don't need atom bombs.  
 
 

  KnuckIfYouBuckley Says:    
  2016-09-07 02:20:48  
  It's really fascinating to me reading these original Marvel comics to see what arrived nearly fully formed and what didn't. So far I enjoy the Fantastic Four and Spider-Man best as the tones for their series from the get go (not to mention how quickly their rogues galleries are assembled) are so well realized. Ant-Man, the Hulk and Thor? Eh, not so much. Iron Man is sort of in the middle for me. The Mk I and Mk II armor are both horrendous looking, and so far his stories are 0-for-3 on villains, but the character of Tony Stark is really coming together after just three issues, so knowing better looking armor and compelling villains are around the corner along with Stark's already good characterization keeps me going.  
 
 

  kent18 Says:    
  2016-11-06 19:27:02  
  ... and somewhere, an eternally grateful Benedict Cumberbatch heaves an enormous sigh of relief that he wasn't asked to play THIS "Dr. Strange"... ;)  
 
 

  Murphynator42 Says:    
  2017-01-05 23:41:32  
  Stan must've been so enamored with the name Dr. Strange that he scarcely waited until this issue was done printing before reusing it in entirely new context  
 
 

  spb Says:    
  2017-01-16 14:48:10  
  seemed like a lot of filler at the beginning  
 
 

  noahsell Says:    
  2017-06-08 08:31:54  
  Does the girl not realize that there is a big metal plate around Tony, especially when she lays on his shoulder  
 
 

  noahsell Says:    
  2017-06-08 08:40:40  
  Did anyone notice that the hammer and sickle is reversed on page 11 panel 3  
 
 

 
 
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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)
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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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)
     
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   August 1, 2014 Neskit Added United States Military to the issue.
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