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101: Tales of Suspense #46 (v1)

" Iron Man Faces the Crimson Dynamo! "
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Tales of Suspense #46 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers
Writers: Stan Lee, Robert Bernstein
Pencilers: Don Heck
Inkers: Don Heck
Letterers: Artie Simek
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: October 1963
Release Date: July 1963
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Pages: 13
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 1,286                 Times Rated: 660
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Russian Professor Vanko, better known as the Red Dynamo, has invented a suit which can control electricity. His mission is to sabotage Tony Stark's projects and to destroy the infamous Iron Man!
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Main Characters
  Iron Man
Iron Man last appeared in Tales of Suspense #45 (v1). Iron Man next appears in Tales of Suspense #47 (v1).
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  Happy Hogan
Happy Hogan last appeared in Tales of Suspense #45 (v1). Happy Hogan next appears in Tales of Suspense #47 (v1).
  Pepper Potts
Pepper Potts last appeared in Tales of Suspense #45 (v1). Pepper Potts next appears in Tales of Suspense #47 (v1).
  Senetor Harrington Byrd
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This is the first appearance by Senetor Harrington Byrd in the mainstream continuity. Senetor Harrington Byrd next appears in Tales of Suspense #47 (v1).
  The Crimson Dynamo
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This is the first appearance by The Crimson Dynamo in the mainstream continuity. The Crimson Dynamo next appears in Tales of Suspense #52a (v1).
  Nikita Khrushchev
Nikita Khrushchev last appeared in Fantastic Four #17 (v1). Nikita Khrushchev next appears in Tales of Suspense #52a (v1).
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Crimson Dynamo Armor, Mk I
Crimson Dynamo Armor, Mk I next appears in Tales of Suspense #52a (v1).
Iron Man Armor, Model 1 (Gold Avenger)
Iron Man Armor, Model 1 (Gold Avenger) last appeared in Tales of Suspense #45 (v1). Iron Man Armor, Model 1 (Gold Avenger) next appears in Tales of Suspense #47 (v1).
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This is the first appearance of the Crimson Dynamo, and the first of several in a line of Crimson Dynamo's.
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  Dark_Knight93 Says:    
  2011-10-17 00:00:00  
  This was a decent issue, but the silver tongued Tony Stark is morally questionable for lying to Vanko, even though his lie wasn't far from the truth. And yes Pepper has acted like a jerk in her first two appearances, I'm hoping they start writing her differently  

  thomassp74 Says:    
  2011-11-23 08:31:33  
  Not a great story, but finally another armored villain. I never realized that Pepper was so unlikable.  

  Trebek Says:    
  2012-05-10 22:13:02  
  Wait why does a ring of trees imprison the Crimson Dynamo? Couldn't he just crawl through/over them.  

  Ice Says:    
  2012-07-24 19:58:28  
  Decent enough story, with the debut of a good villain, but the bit with IM tricking Vanko into defecting bugged me. A lot. Not very heroic, for a Silver Age super hero...

As did the caricature of Khrushchev. Somehow, the anti-communist propaganda is so much less bearable when they're using real, historical figures.

  specialque Says:    
  2012-09-18 11:04:38  
  Wow. Stark's actions at the end of this story aren't just questionable...they're flat-out morally WRONG. I get that the commies were our enemies at the time, and I get that each country was trying to one-up the other with technology, but to win someone over to your side with lies instead of enlightenment is really disgusting. Seriously, I would have preferred one of those typical stories where a communist is shown just how awesome Democracy is and how great things are in the US to just winning them over by deceit. This whole "win by whatever means necessary" ending is completely against what superheroes at this time were supposed to represent.  

  MX5 Says:    
  2012-09-29 15:56:57  
  I actually enjoy this issue alot. I agree about Pepper being a jerk. One thing that bothered me was Iron Man asking the Dynamo if he was the one who destroyed "MY" plants. Trapping him with trees was silly and about the lying to win thing, he may have lied however that WOULD have actually happened whenever Vanko returned.  

  sputnix Says:    
  2012-10-02 01:00:10  
  Issue was ok, would have been better if their was a fight with the crimson dynamo instead of ironman nullifying his electric power right at the start  

  Phantasmagoria Says:    
  2012-11-02 18:40:50  
  Yeah, that lie really did leave a bad taste in my mouth, even if it was close to the truth. However, aside from that and the propaganda(as well as Tony's ability to negate Vanko's electric powers...), this is an enjoyable issue.  

  Maidel Says:    
  2012-12-13 02:58:09  
  Really, the 'lie' bothered people? Read in a modern day context I suppose I can see it, but back then the 'commies' were the enemy, they were all bad, nasty people. In fact it wouldn't surprise me if although stark was lying, he actually thought that was a likely outcome. It didn't bother me because I was thinking about it in that sort of context, would we have felt bothered if stark had lied to some alien menace about their bosses intentions?

Over all, it wasn't too bad, quite liked it really. A nice intro to another armoured suit villan, I'm interested to see how he goes bad again later, does the lie come back to catch tony out?

  metsguy Says:    
  2012-12-27 02:22:45  
  The characterization of Khrushchev is brilliant. Worth an extra star. And how about Vanko, despite being from the USSR, being portrayed not at all unsympathetically, and cutting an almost multidimensional and complex figure.  

  edgar987 Says:    
  2012-12-29 19:14:52  
  I enjoyed it even the lie to the stinkin' commie muwhahahaha!!  

  Dopey Says:    
  2013-02-14 14:43:56  
  For an issue scripted by Berstein this one wasn't so bad.

We're starting to catch the glimpses of corporate and political intrigue that are a solid staple of Iron Man comics, and that's a really good thing.

I agree that the lie detracted from the story only in the sense that it wouldn't be implausible in these days of transistor powered jets that Iron Man could indeed intercept a transmission that clued him in on the fact that Comrade K was gonna kill Vanko when he got home anyway. The fact that "Red's are inherently suspicious of each other" was too much. Especially since the American brass was debating on whether Tony Stark himself was a communist agent...

One star for the dynamo. One star for intrigue. One star for being an abridged version of the Hunt for Red October.

  rebelmswar Says:    
  2013-03-11 14:10:21  
  Because when Starks whole fortune, legacy and life are at stake from a villain who wishes to destroy it with extreme prejudice without care for the life or well being of any of the operators or workers in any of the industries or rockets that were messed with, based purely on ideological grounds, a lie is unjustifiable....

Please tell me where this Happy Fluffy Land is where you abide so I can move there too.

Sold issue in my opinion.

  skalchemist Says:    
  2013-05-01 10:29:49  
  Khrushchev should really be in the database, he shows up often enough.  

  leisch Says:    
  2013-07-24 19:20:31  
  Debut of a clasic Iron Man villain. Satirical takedown of Khruschev. Beautiful Don Heck art. Great issue>  

  Anonymous Says:    
  2013-08-10 09:01:04  
  Some people... Even though it wouldn't have bothered me if iron man had lied to win a fight simply because he could, (this would be something a hero like Captain America/non-Don Blake Thor wouldn't do but given Starks personality I could easily see him doing it)if Iron Man hadn't lied then I could imagine no outcome were the Crimson Dynamo would not have been executed... This guy is an international terrorist from the USSR who just went on a rampage on US military installations... The US has taken people out for less then that  

  Anonymous Says:    
  2013-08-10 09:06:33  
  Also note how ironman said that the Crimson Dynamo powers can't go beyond the bounds of scientific law... Yeah if you wanted to do that you should have tried to use magnetism haha  

  wedgeskywalker9 Says:    
  2013-09-16 22:19:25  
  As Spider-Man's supporting cast is still developing, I think its safe to say that Iron Man has the best overall cast in the order right now. Pepper's snarkiness is a fun change from the other women in the order right now, and everything about Happy is pretty great. Backing up the strong characters is what is easily the best communist story in the order; the Gorbechev scenes were good, even if history teaches us he wasn't the monster he was portrayed to be here, and Venko had a bit more behind him than the many other generic communist spies. Stark faking the radio broadcast to get him to change sides fit perfectly into his character, and was a clever resolution to the usual "My transistors beat your whatever" fight. This lacked the special something that gets me to award a comic a 5, but I am going to award the still prestigious 4/5.  

  Psychopat Says:    
  2013-10-19 22:07:27  
  Really like Vanko as a villain  

  Tarquinnff3 Says:    
  2013-10-21 15:24:06  
  This one only just gets a two. I wasn't a huge fan of the story, but I liked the ending alright. Not really much else to say about this one.  

  marvelcomicslover Says:    
  2013-11-17 17:39:06  
  This was actually pretty good at the beginning with Stark on the verge of losing government contracts. And it had the introduction of the Crimson Dynamo. Aside from that...not much else.  

  quidproquo Says:    
  2014-01-07 07:32:11  
  I liked this issue quite a bit. Pepper may come across as a rude and mean toward Happy, but - since I know where that relationship goes in the future - I just look at her behavior as a defense mechanism. I really seeing these characters in Iron Man stories. They are nowhere to be found in many of the current IM comics I have read.  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2014-02-07 15:27:27  
  3 stars for the Crimson Dynamo! Which I have always liked no matter who's in the armor. Although the first is always the best!

Cover Me - On the cover he looks more like an Crimson Cosmonaut!

Jab - I love how Vanko messes with Khrushchev (not Gorbachev, wedgeskywalker9).

Extra - The Gargoyles story is good also.

'Nuff Said - "Peculiar? You look ridiculous, Vanko...like a Crimson Dynamo!"-Khrushchev

  opusaug Says:    
  2014-02-16 23:03:44  
  Despite a few wacky wobbles in the middle, a decent 3-star story with fun villains. I love seeing Comrade K anytime he shows up and here he's got more than a passing reference. Nice also to see some reality finally creep into the comments - Happy Fluffy Land indeed. This is Tony Stark we're talking about, not Mahatma Gandhi. I suspect some people's heads are going to fly off their shoulders when they get to Nick Fury.  

  Bramwell Says:    
  2014-03-12 19:47:48  
  1. It makes me happy to see Vanko/Crimson Dynamo. I have always been a fan.
2. Comic book Kruscheyev never works in a believable fashion
3. The dialog is pretty poor in this one, and the general premises behind the communists misttrust and the two tape recordings are bad.
Poorly executed but the villain makes up for it...3 stars

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2014-03-17 17:57:42  
  I liked this one, in spite of its problems (e.g. Comrade K as a buffoon, no real fight between IM and CD). I actually like how Pepper gets her jabs in. It adds a fun back-n-forth between her and Happy. And Happy is man enough to take it with a grin.

  MattzLadd Says:    
  2014-07-08 18:54:48  
  Sure hope no Russians read this issue 50 years ago...  

  rainbowsad Says:    
  2014-07-24 12:39:50  
  Okay issue, first commie in a long while... Stark's pretty quick to trust people though, I must say.  

  Ryumit Says:    
  2014-08-26 13:50:39  
  Only giving this 2 stars. Certainly not the best comic so far. It feels like it was rushed and the story has lots of holes in it. However worth a quick read.  

  rook420 Says:    
  2014-09-26 13:23:11  
  I thought this was a pretty decent issue and it felt more like the high-tech/ espionage flavored tales that I expect from Iron Man. In this context, the Communist plot actually fit. Speaking of which, as I read the previous comments I have to say... the Soviet threat was a very real threat during this period in history. The Cuban Missile crises took place around this time and the tension between the two super-powers was probably at it's height. These anti-Communist propaganda that so many are decrying here in the comment pposts belie an ignorance in the real threat and the historical significance at the time. The Soviets were a threat and the countries under their shadow suffered quite immensely. Kruschev was a bad player so if these offend you, I'm sorry, but there's a reason why this stuff is here. I lived during the final decades of the Cold War and it was a very real threat at the time. Just becuase the U.S.S.R. has disintegrated now, doesn't mean it didn't pose a threat during the 60's.  

  rook420 Says:    
  2014-09-26 13:31:10  
  Also, most people seem really upset that Tony Stark lied. But, I didn't read as much morale outrage when Reed Richards did it to the Skrulls back in FF #2.

  Firebathero Says:    
  2015-03-05 11:51:15  
  I think the Iron Man stories are getting much better. I hope to eventually see them start turning away from the "traveling into the past to fight mummies" stories.  

  quartertwain Says:    
  2015-03-07 04:06:36  
  So the Commies are always suspicious of one another, eh? Unlike say, a general's insane theory that Stark has built up and destroyed a fortune, and given the U.S. years of superior technology, just to delay it a bit, while it finds a new contractor. Clearly democracy don't stop stupid.  

  quartertwain @ rook420 (original post):    
  2015-03-07 04:08:10  
  Ignorance? Really?  

  rodyoungerblood Says:    
  2015-06-10 11:18:33  
  Nothing more boring than a Commie villian.  

  jbb10499 Says:    
  2015-11-19 16:54:05  

  TonyRolloBrownTown Says:    
  2015-12-19 14:10:53  
  It's a well known fact that communists can't climb trees.  

  yack Says:    
  2015-12-23 14:32:27  
  Another commie story which is enjoyable. Great to see Crimson Dynamo come to life... even if short.  

  RobinHoodMtl Says:    
  2016-03-30 19:26:33  
  • That’s my line – “If I had any brains I’d take my walkin’ papers right now! But I’m too handsome to have brains also! So I guess I’ll stick with ya till the end, boss!” (Happy Hogan)

  • I'm liking Happy more and more, but sadly, not Pepper. She’s still a sour bitch.

  • ”Even you can’t defy scientific law!” Ooooh, but almighty Stan does it all the time!

  • Crimson Dynamo managed to do serious damage to Stark Industries. He was one of the first serious villain in the Order till now.

  • Only in this universe am I allowing myself to root for a weapon builder! So once I've accepted that, I have no problem with him lying to the enemy. It does not feel far off his character anyway. And, as noted rook420, did it bother us when Reed Richards tricked the Skrull leader into believing Earth was full of monsters? Note that the turncoat was a little too easy to convince! Was he trustworthy? (was that rhetorical?) I’m looking forward to see more of him.

  • I really liked the politics getting involved in the story when they were questioning Stark’s integrity. The whole discussion felt authentic and made a lotta sense.

  • Despite that weak ending, the story and the villain were solid and enjoyable, so 4 stars.

  StrictSnow Says:    
  2016-04-19 23:33:43  
  "So, you destroyed *my* plants"

Good going on that whole dual-identity Stark. Maybe it's because I watched the movies first, but Iron Man and Thor's dual identities just seem so silly and contrived, even for the silver sixties. Still though, not bad for a Silver Age anthology title.

  Billstar2 Says:    
  2016-05-12 22:46:57  
  Slogging through is the best thing I can say about this issue. Crimson Dynamo intro and that was about it.  

  Calion @ quartertwain (original post):    
  2016-05-25 20:31:33  
  Hear, hear!  

  Calion Says:    
  2016-05-25 20:33:29  
  1. Man, Pepper's a bitch! I mean, I know Happy came on too strong last ish, but he seems to have stopped. Is it really wise to keep antagonizing him? Maybe she's testing him.
2. Wait—Iron Man can genuinely fly? When did that happen? He had some assist boosters, but I didn't think they could actually make him fly.

  RobinHoodMtl @ Calion (original post):    
  2016-07-09 13:37:52  
  Iron Man has been able to fly with jets under his boots since Tales of Suspense #4i! He's done so on a regular basis ever since.  

  Russ Says:    
  2016-07-24 13:40:17  
  I don't have a problem with Tony Stark's "lie" to Vanko, because it really wasn't a lie! (Yeah, I know Tony didn't know the Communist leaders were planning Vanko's execution when he got home, but still....)

And as far as the new characters go, you almost can't really judge them in the first few appearances, as the writers are still ironing out their personalities. As for me, I liked the direction they were going with Pepper and would respect her more if not for her ambition last issue to become "Mrs. Anthony Stark." That just seemed to make her another cookie-cutter female going after the lead hero, albeit one with an attitude!

  KnuckIfYouBuckley Says:    
  2016-09-25 02:24:03  
  The debut of another recurring villain for Iron Man (one which will end up being several individuals). Not much to say other than that the anti-Communist material works really well for the Iron Man character.  

  kent18 Says:    
  2016-11-06 18:00:07  
  Tony Stark possesses the ability to flawlessly impersonate the voice of Nikita Krushchev... in what, presumably, was *Russian*, no less? Who knew, right?

Three stars for what ended up being a fairly standard outing, overall... even if the Crimson Dynamo, from side view, DOES resemble nothing so much as he does a burly, heavily armored Jawa. ;)

  Allencthulhu Says:    
  2017-06-11 21:02:18  
  I genuinely like this one. See guys, even Commies can be our friends.  

  CrazyforRAMU Says:    
  2017-07-19 13:30:30  
  I found Tony Stark lying to Vanko to be lame not because I hold the character to a high moral standard but because the writers burned a *lot* of previous panels making it clear Comrade K *did* intend to kill Vanko. So why make it a lie? This story is already pretty bad on the "technology works like magic" front - why not just have Tony intercept a genuine "ve must keel Vanko" transmission?  

  RedLaugh Says:    
  2018-01-02 17:47:01  
  OK story but again ideological propaganda in the product for kids.
Whats wrong with you people?

  jennychan Says:    
  2018-01-13 18:43:50  
  Wow how old are you if you believe Iron Man was morally bankrupt for tricking Crimson Dynamo at the end?
So many people here are down on this issue, yet we finally get the first armored villain for Tony, Tony'e empire was close to being ruined, insight into how the U.S. military has problems with him, great Comrade K scenes, and a reformed commie at the end.
This story was so much better than most of Tony's previous ones.

4 stars, eat it and weep!!!

  ScottG12 Says:    
  2018-04-18 08:06:12  
  Yeah, I liked it until the end..  

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