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1206: Iron Man #27 (v1)

" The Fury of Firebrand! "
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Iron Man #27 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Marie Severin
Writers: Archie Goodwin
Pencilers: Don Heck
Inkers: Johnny Craig
Letterers: Jean Izzo (Jean Simek)
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: July 1970
Release Date: April 1970
Story Arc: -
Pages: 20
Cover Price: $0.15
Times Read: 337                 Times Rated: 207
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Silver Surfer #17 (v1)
Silver Surfer #18 (v1)
Iron Man #27 (v1)
Chamber of Darkness #6a
Thor #178 (v1)
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#17 (v1)
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Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos #78 (v1)
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Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos #79 (v1)
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Iron Man #27 (v1)
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Chamber of Darkness #6a
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Rawhide Kid #79a (v1)
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Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos #78 (v1)
Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos #79 (v1)
Chamber of Darkness #6a
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Issue Blurb
Iron Man and Eddie March head to Bay City for a groundbreaking ceremony on a new community center. When dissenters try a peaceful demonstration, Firebrand stokes the flames and the protests reach riotous proportions.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  Iron Man
Iron Man last appeared in Silver Surfer #17 (v1). Iron Man next appears in Iron Man #28 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Eddie March
Eddie March last appeared in Iron Man #22 (v1). Eddie March next appears in Iron Man #63 (v1).
  Helene Davis
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Helene Davis in the mainstream continuity.
  Lyle Bradshaw
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Lyle Bradshaw in the mainstream continuity.
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Firebrand in the mainstream continuity. Firebrand next appears in Iron Man #48 (v1).
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Iron Man Armor, Model 3
Iron Man Armor, Model 3 last appeared in Iron Man #26 (v1). Iron Man Armor, Model 3 next appears in Iron Man #28 (v1).
Firebrand Battlesuit
Firebrand Battlesuit next appears in Iron Man #48 (v1).
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Issue Review
   January 9, 2017
I won't say completely that it crossed the line over to an excellent comic. In the Bronze-ish Age or anything. But it certainly is starting to tackle some of the more realistic problems of the new era - and leave the flashy set of junk in comics behind. It really has become reflective - and while not a big time issue - death, drugs, etc. It does push a few lofty concepts.
Great to see the race becoming an issue - even if it does tackle it in a more than racist under today's scrutiny fashion. It isn't terrible - and that is good to see.
It also has a villain that we don't completely see from the start. Not a TRUE reveal, but a pretty decent comic. Worth the time.
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  MrRsBB Says:    
  2013-06-22 01:07:06  
  Art is more typical Heck; nothing worth noting. The story is much better than art & the story wasn't awful; more 1970 political commentary. The script was acceptable TOV; there is a huge word count!(2)  

  leisch Says:    
  2013-08-27 14:54:49  
  We'll be having a few more issues about political demonstrations before the writers are done addressing the politics of the era. This is one of the better ones because Firebrand is trying to make a difference. He's not a villain posing as a rabble rouser.  

  illcom94 Says:    
  2014-06-08 13:14:24  
  I actually enjoyed the story, although it was wrapped up too fast at the end, which is typical in 1970. Would have been better as a two issue story.  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2014-11-16 19:57:05  
  Enjoyed the story, and a little insight into the events of the 70's and civil rights.  

  duncanm Says:    
  2014-12-23 14:55:14  
  I loved the story, one of the few four stars I've given out. And I disagree with illcom94. I think this part of the story wrapped up in an orderly way, but I don't think we saw an end here, just a beginning. I also like how Firebrand is a creation of white society. Whether he's actually black or not, I don't know yet, but his methods are patterned off of the manipulation mastered by the white establishment prior to and during these turbulent times, and his powers are the result of learning from Tony Stark himself. I almost started to feel a sympathy for him, until I realized the opportunities he threw away. He obviously wasn't lacking for education nor opportunity, since he was not only able to learn from Stark, but had the funds to create his own suit. But instead of using this to try to provide opportunities to others in his community, he uses it to try to tear it all down.  

  specialque Says:    
  2015-01-03 09:49:33  
  I would have liked this issue to have gone further into Firebrand's story. I'm not a big fan of these political issues, but I'm relieved that this one didn't end with Firebrand being white and/or a tool for some organization like AIM.  

  jwerth Says:    
  2015-03-24 22:58:36  
  I was very impressed by this one - easily the best political story I've seen thus far. Normally we get nothing but blandly moderate politics from Marvel but here both Firebrand and Helene's views are treated respectfully, not as deluded nonsense. (And the fact that the story has a woman - not to mention an African American woman - provide a thoughtful political argument is pretty rare stuff for Marvel.)  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2015-12-15 18:33:50  
  4 stars for the 1st app of Firebrand! I've always liked him, and thought his costume was cool!! I just wished they would've used him more, and hated what later happened to him!!!

Cover Me - Interesting that only white people are attacking Iron Man on the cover!!!

Carmex - That one brother might want to go to the doctor. He has blue lips!! (p2,p3)

Snidely Whiplash - You can tell Councilman Bradshaw was going to be evil. I mean just look at his mustache!!!

'Nuff Said - "When a good idea can't make it through the system, maybe it's time to get out of that system!"-Eddie March

  HeffElf Says:    
  2016-12-06 14:55:43  
  Finally a political story that doesn't have rabble rousers as pawns of some white super villain organization. Some nuance in looking at the problem and a strong female African American character!  

  Katryn Says:    
  2016-12-08 20:36:35  
  You know what I like? None of this soul brother business. Black or white, people just talked like people. Was there a difference in how they would phrase something? Yes, but nothing that screamed "I am a racial stereotype".  

  Russ Says:    
  2017-01-15 18:55:00  
  I liked this outing. I almost don't see Firebrand as a villain inasmuch as I see him as a Punisher-lite. He strikes me as a guy who wants to better the situation of minorities, but uses any and all means to achieve them. I appreciate a character with that much focus; too bad he's not used more after this.

I also liked Helene Davis here. She's a strong character with a lot to say; here's hoping we see more of her.

4 stars. I kinda saw some of the ending to this, that Bradshaw's hands were dirty even if I didn't know how quite yet, but this was a topical story that holds up really well over time.

  benmason486 Says:    
  2017-09-05 12:34:53  
  Of course he is a corrupt politician. What else could he be? Is "corrupt politician" redundant?

Otherwise, this was a fun comic. I like the ones with personal issues or politics, rather than just combat.

  Saithrenslot Says:    
  2017-09-24 08:16:14  
  This was a great comic. The inclusion of politics and social issues offer a much more complex, nuanced, and personal story than most of the 60's slog.

Bring on the darker, morally grey era of comics, please.

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Marvel Masterworks: Iron Man, Volume 7
This collection includes Iron Man #26 (v1), Iron Man #27 (v1), Iron Man #28 (v1), Iron Man #29 (v1), Daredevil #73 (v1), Iron Man #30 (v1), Iron Man #31 (v1), Iron Man #32 (v1), Iron Man #33 (v1), Iron Man #34 (v1), Iron Man #35 (v1), Iron Man #36 (v1), Iron Man #37 (v1), Iron Man #38 (v1)
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Date User Name Update
   April 13, 2018 ViolentPhlegm
   February 5, 2018 TStarnes Added Firebrand Battlesuit listing.
   February 5, 2018 TStarnes Added Iron Man Armor, Model 3 listing.
   February 5, 2018 TStarnes
   February 5, 2018 TStarnes
   October 24, 2017 fragsel Added Lyle Bradshaw to the issue.
   October 24, 2017 fragsel Added Helene Davis to the issue.
   December 19, 2016 fragsel Updated the listing for Eddie March.
   February 11, 2014 Robareid Updated the listing for Eddie March.
   August 30, 2013 fragsel Updated the listing for Firebrand.
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