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70: Tales of Suspense #42 (v1)

" Trapped by the Red Barbarian "
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Tales of Suspense #42 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief:
Cover Artists: Jack Kirby
Writers: Stan Lee, Robert Bernstein
Pencilers: Don Heck
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Letterers: E. Thomas
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Cover Date: June 1963
Release Date: March 1963
Story Arc: -
Pages: 13
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 1,260                 Times Rated: 649
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Strange Tales #109 (v1)
Tales to Astonish #44 (v1)
Tales of Suspense #42 (v1)
Strange Tales #110a (v1)
Strange Tales #110c (v1)
68: Strange Tales
#109 (v1)
69: Tales to Asto...
#44 (v1)
 
71: Strange Tales
#110a (v1)
72: Strange Tales
#110c (v1)
 
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A Russian General called the Red Barbarian hires a master of disguise, The Actor, to to steal the blueprints of Anthony Stark's new weapon. Unfortunately for them Iron Man is never too far away from Anthony Stark and his interests.
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Character Appearances
 
Main Characters
  Iron Man
Iron Man last appeared in Tales of Suspense #41 (v1). Iron Man next appears in Tales of Suspense #43 (v1).
     
Villains
  Red Barbarian
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Red Barbarian in the mainstream continuity. Red Barbarian next appears in Captain America #617 (v1).
     
 
Group Appearances
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Federal Bureau of Investigation last appeared in Incredible Hulk #3 (v1). Federal Bureau of Investigation next appears in X-Men #2 (v1).
   
     
Soviet/Russian Armed Forces
Soviet/Russian Armed Forces last appeared in Incredible Hulk #6 (v1). Soviet/Russian Armed Forces next appears in Fantastic Four #17 (v1).
   
     
Stark Labs
Stark Labs last appeared in Tales of Suspense #41 (v1). Stark Labs next appears in Tales of Suspense #43 (v1).
   
     
United States Armed Forces
United States Armed Forces last appeared in Tales to Astonish #44 (v1). United States Armed Forces next appears in Journey into Mystery #94 (v1).
   
     
 
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Iron Man Armor, Mark I
Iron Man Armor, Mark I last appeared in Tales of Suspense #41 (v1). Iron Man Armor, Mark I next appears in Tales of Suspense #43 (v1).
 
     
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Issue Review
 
RikerDonegal
   September 15, 2013
Closer in tone to the first story, this is an espionage thriller. With some clever touches, and genuine sense of peril for Tony. Not bad. Sadly, the ending (while clever) is highly convoluted. 7/10
 
 
 
 
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This issue begins with some communist spies trying to steal a nuclear weapon. When they crow bar the crate open, they find that Iron Man was hiding inside the bomb the whole time. He quickly thwarts the attempted theft. After the confrontation it is revealed that Tony Stark has been working on plans for a disintegration ray capable of disintegrating entire cities. This new weapon could give the U.S., or any nation that owns it, a serious advantage.

The Red Barbarian, a communist spy master, becomes very frustrated with his spies inability to steal from the Americans. He orders a new agent known as the Actor, who has the ability to disguise himself as anyone, to steal the plans for Tony Stark's weapon.

The Actor sends Tony Stark a fake telegram inviting him to a meeting in order to get the billionaire playboy out of the way. He then disguises himself as Stark and, with some fellow communist agents, breaks into Stark's office to steal the plans. During the theft the Actor discovers that Tony Stark is in fact Iron Man. The stolen plans in hand the Actor leaves to take them to the Red Barbarian.

After fighting off some communist agents Iron Man discovers the plans are missing, and launches himself in a rocket to intercept the thief. After a short confrontation Iron Man captures the Actor and reverses their roles when he pretends to be the spy. Posing as the Actor he then delivers fake plans to the Red Barbarian. After escaping the Actor goes to the Red Barbarian and reveales that he has learned that Tony Stark is Iron Man. Unfortunitly for the spy the Red Barbarian doesn't believe him and has the man executed. Iron Man's identity remains a secret.
 
 
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Comments
   
 
  thomassp74 Says:    
  2011-11-20 09:58:31  
  I'm glad they eventually got rid of Iron Man's "accessory belt." Too Batman.

Iron Man swinging on a rope just doesn't look right.
 
 
 

  lmcontaldi Says:    
  2012-05-16 00:13:16  
  I just want to know how the Actor was planning to impersonate Iron Man.  
 
 

  darkdragonne Says:    
  2012-06-03 17:00:40  
  Is ir just me, or is this the first time where magnets do not draw people, but only the bits of metal they carry? Quite an improvement...  
 
 

  chrisWhite Says:    
  2012-06-26 13:32:22  
  Darkdragonne, I noticed the same thing, definitely a step in the right direction!  
 
 

  Dark_Knight93 Says:    
  2012-07-02 20:07:26  
  The Actor is nothing more than a Chameleon ripoff, with no originality what so ever. Another commie story doesn't help this issue's lack of uniqueness either.  
 
 

  specialque Says:    
  2012-09-15 10:55:03  
  I really liked this one, even if it wasn't the most original story. Yes, there's more commie-hating, but I liked how the story ended.  
 
 

  Phantasmagoria Says:    
  2012-10-26 14:43:12  
  This one has some nasty continuity errors. For example, the spies say that that The Actor stole "your" plans to Iron Man, implying that they know that he is Tony Stark. It really detracted from the story.  
 
 

  Donuil23 Says:    
  2012-11-01 21:30:00  
  How can a comic show such promise for 10 pages and hall apart so quickly in the last two?!?  
 
 

  edgar987 Says:    
  2012-12-25 06:45:38  
  Just bad *sigh* It was like they forgot how to wrap up the story.Or maybe they never had an end.  
 
 

  Dopey Says:    
  2012-12-28 22:05:49  
  Spoilers!

There's not a whole lot to say about this one. I've seen better from Heck and Bernstein. The Red Barbarian is kind of bland as far as villains go, but so is the whole Commie theme that is showing its face in these Silver Age comics so far.

As a commenter above stated, the panel where Iron Man swings off of the boat on a rope really doesn't jive well at all, and Stark planning on improving a disintegrator gun that can already make 'monster tanks' and ten foot thick walls disappear makes him seem a bit more evil than he should. The guy even brags about how it should be able to wipe entire metropolises off of the map. I know he's a weapons dealer, but holy smokes!

The Actor is, as stated, a Chameleon ripoff, and I am glad that he gets killed at the end of the story. The way in which he discovers Tony's identity is also cheesy.

I'm trying real hard to find some good things to say about this piece, but aside from a panel towards the end that does a great job conveying emotional explosion (the muzzle flash from a gun being fired), there's nothing going for it.

One star for the appearance of Lenin.
 
 
 

  Spider-Borg Says:    
  2013-01-16 23:44:31  
  They should have just had the chameleon in the story, I wonder why they didn't.

It's funny how they never mention a country by name, they just say "a red country" and "an iron curtain nation"
 
 
 

  gonzo Says:    
  2013-06-21 16:57:43  
  One of the worst issues yet in the order. Derivative in almost every way. One out of five.  
 
 

  leisch Says:    
  2013-07-21 07:18:15  
  Given Tony Stark's backstory, Communist villains are a natural for him, so I cut Marvel some slack on the commie-baiting IM stories. This is a neat little espionage story with minor villains.  
 
 

  Garfieldicus Says:    
  2013-07-30 21:42:29  
  So does Tony have to pay for the tank he disintegrated? I know he can afford it, but I would think the army wouldn't be happy about having to replace a piece of equipment like that.  
 
 

  Psychopat Says:    
  2013-09-04 08:17:06  
  I liked how it ended, one star for the legit death, one for the barbarian throwing a ham at his soldier and one star for Iron Man being a troll and impersonating The Actor  
 
 

  Tarquinnff3 Says:    
  2013-10-09 15:38:07  
  This issue could have been a lot more intense had the villain not been a rampaging lunatic. Odd as that may sound, but let me explain. The Actor had information that could have crippled Stark and it would have been much more intense had that information had more of a chance to be shared with someone else. That is all I will say so as to not spoil anymore than I probably already have. It's just another case of 13 pages not being long enough to flesh out a pretty cool idea for a story.  
 
 

  marvelcomicslover Says:    
  2013-11-04 22:38:57  
  Yeah, they should have had the Chameleon in this.  
 
 

  tmoloney Says:    
  2014-01-15 23:32:45  
  3 stars for the barbarian knocking a man out with a HAM  
 
 

  Locust75 Says:    
  2014-01-19 22:15:16  
  1 star for the Red Barbarian, and the poor man's Chameleon.

Cover Me - Great shot of Iron Man busting in with beady little eyes! Also, the Red Barbarian looks like he could be right at home in a Kamandi comic!

Intel - I find it odd that the FBI doesn't know anything about the Red Barbarian.

Layout - On page 4, panel 4 Starks Lab reminds me of the weird layout that SHIELD used around Thor's hammer in the 1st Thor movie.

Stereotype - I take it that the Actor is impersonating an Southern Senator...I say, I say....

Likes It Rough - On page 13, panel 6 it looked like the Actor said "MEOW"!!!

Extras - I Speak of the Haunted House, and Escape into Space are both good.

'Nuff Said - "Does Khrushchev tell Kennedy?"-Iron Man
 
 
 

  Bramwell Says:    
  2014-01-24 17:29:25  
  1. Its nice to see magnets attracting the metal and not the people. Already things are feeling more right in the Marvel universe
2. Good thing that missile was handy and pointed in the right direction
3. Odd swotcharoo with IM saying he isd the bad guy
3 stars
 
 
 

  opusaug Says:    
  2014-02-06 08:01:13  
  For the record Dopey (aptly named), the first person The Actor impersonates ("Comrade K") is Khrushchev, not Lenin - who had been dead 40 years by this point in history. Stalin was also dead, which is why they refer to his "ghost". 3 stars for Khrushchev, ham hocks, and dead actors - the story was told well despite all its flaws.  
 
 

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2014-02-14 06:42:02  
  Poor Tony... "Consistency of performance, enlargement problems, and so forth!"

Getting old is never easy, is it?
 
 
 

  rainbowsad Says:    
  2014-07-07 17:02:33  
  Not a very good issue. The whole thing just felt rather pointless. I mean the cover advertises someone know's Iron-Man's true identity, and yet it didn't really have any impact on the story. Oh well, at least they finally seem to understand how magnets work!  
 
 

  rook420 Says:    
  2014-08-16 00:30:27  
  Finally Don Heck returns, meaning Iron Man once again has a waist!  
 
 

  rook420 Says:    
  2014-08-16 08:37:08  
  ...and a neck.  
 
 

  Hovis Says:    
  2015-09-17 19:16:04  
  The Actor? really? glad they killed him off  
 
 

  jbb10499 Says:    
  2015-11-23 10:55:08  
  Ehh  
 
 

  yack Says:    
  2015-12-23 09:52:36  
  Wow another commie villain...make it stop!  
 
 

  RobinHoodMtl Says:    
  2016-03-16 18:02:56  
 
  • Thatís my line Ė ďIíll make a nice cozy cell for you out of this car! Say! They donít build them so strong behind the iron curtain, do they?Ē (Iron Man) - This is too precious!

  • It appears (hopefully!) that Stan Lee has finally figured that only metal is affected by magnetism.

  • When your gun is pulled upwards, let go of it! It is useless now, you idiots!

  • Disintegrators will always make me smile!

  • I did not know U.S. army tanks were so expendable that you could disintegrate them just for demonstration.

  • Not bad, but not a great story either. Great artwork though. 3 points.
 
 
 

  Billstar2 Says:    
  2016-04-19 00:52:53  
  Worst Ironman story so far. Glad it's over.  
 
 

  Russ Says:    
  2016-07-19 19:15:51  
  I thought the ending was a little bit of a twist in comparison to other stories up to this point. If the Communists didn't have so many generals with anger issues like the Red Barbarian did, they might've actually won the Cold War in the Marvel Universe.  
 
 

  KnuckIfYouBuckley Says:    
  2016-09-08 23:55:49  
  The cover states "Hold Your Breath! Here Comes Iron Man!" when in reality it should be "Hold Your Breath! Here Comes Another Iron Man Stinker!" I like Don Heck's artwork alright, and out of all the superheroes thus far the one that represents the military-industrial complex makes the most sense going head to head with communists, but at the end of the day we're dealing with a cut-rate Chameleon so this makes for a forgettable tale.  
 
 

  kent18 Says:    
  2016-11-04 03:18:51  
  Even for one of the early TOS Iron Man entries... even for a Robert Bernstein script... even for yet another in the seemingly inexhaustible supply of Commie Villain stories... this was simply indefensible, on every conceivable level. Even the normally dependable Don Heck seemed dispirited this time out, as even *his* steadfast sense of professionalism simply couldn't cope with a script this breathtakingly craptastic.

One star, only because no Zero Stars option is provided (dammit).
 
 
 

  CrazyforRAMU Says:    
  2017-04-30 18:37:15  
  Note that Iron Man does *not* leave the attache case with the plans (and the fingertip A-bomb!) with the Red Barbarian. We can assume that he carried them back to the West with him - though Mr. Heck makes that assumption harder by neglecting to draw the case in Iron Man's custody as he flies away.  
 
 

  noahsell Says:    
  2017-06-09 11:39:21  
  A 2 star story but i gave it an extra star because I like Don Heck's art. And we had another backwards hammer and sickle, I'm starting to wonder if the CCA banned the real thing.  
 
 

 
 
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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), 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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   January 12, 2018 TStarnes Added Iron Man Armor, Mark I listing.
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   November 24, 2017 TStarnes
   November 21, 2017 TStarnes
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   May 16, 2015 Neskit Updated the listing for Red Barbarian.
   May 16, 2015 Neskit Updated the listing for Iron Man.
   May 16, 2015 Neskit Added Stark Labs to the issue.
   May 16, 2015 Neskit Added Soviet/Russian Armed Forces to the issue.
   May 16, 2015 Neskit Added Red Barbarian to the issue.
   July 4, 2014 fragsel Added Federal Bureau of Investigation to the issue.
   July 4, 2014 fragsel Added United States Armed Forces to the issue.
   June 18, 2014 TStarnes Changed comic details.
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