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1210: Iron Man #28 (v1)

" The Controller Lives! "
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Iron Man #28 (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: August 1970
Release Date: May 1970
Story Arc: -
Pages: 20
Cover Price: $0.15
Times Read: 333                 Times Rated: 205
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Thor #178 (v1)
Sub-Mariner #28 (v1)
Iron Man #28 (v1)
Ka-Zar #1b (v1)
Sub-Mariner #29 (v1)
1208: Thor
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1209: Sub-Mariner
#28 (v1)
1211: Ka-Zar
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1212: Sub-Mariner
#29 (v1)
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Issue Blurb
Tony receives a summons from a woman out of his past. While en route he and Sitwell come across the her unconscious form in the woods and head towards a hospital to get help. Once there, they uncover the mystery of the newly empowered Controller!
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  Iron Man
Iron Man last appeared in Iron Man #27 (v1). Iron Man next appears in Iron Man #29 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Jasper Sitwell
Jasper Sitwell last appeared in Iron Man #24 (v1). Jasper Sitwell next appears in Iron Man #33 (v1).
  Meredith McCall
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Meredith McCall in the mainstream continuity. Meredith McCall next appears in Iron Man Annual #14c.
  Howard Stark
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Howard Stark in the mainstream continuity. Howard Stark next appears in Avengers Annual #9. This is a flashback appearance.
  Creighton McCall
Cameo Appearance First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Creighton McCall in the mainstream continuity. Creighton McCall next appears in Iron Man Annual #14a. This is flashback appearance. This is a cameo appearance.
  Eric Thorne
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Eric Thorne in the mainstream continuity.
Controller last appeared in Iron Man #13 (v1). Controller next appears in Captain Marvel #28 (v1).
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Iron Man Armor, Model 3
Iron Man Armor, Model 3 last appeared in Iron Man #27 (v1). Iron Man Armor, Model 3 next appears in Iron Man #29 (v1).
Slave Discs
Slave Discs last appeared in Iron Man #13 (v1). Slave Discs next appears in Iron Man #225 (v1).
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Issue Review
   January 9, 2017
It actually started out okay. A bit cliche with the whole dark and stormy night thing - but a decent beginning. Then, quickly it fell apart into a total mess.
The Controller is a silly villain at the best - starting with the slave discs. Then show his underground lair within and rubber masked self. The cover is pretty cool - even if it breaks a few laws of physics. The comic, though, is terrible.
I hesitate to rate it one star - it has a few moments at the beginning that aren't a complete train wreck. But this comic as a reader is at its greatest zenith a dud. Pass and find something better to do in your life.
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  Drax Says:    
  2013-05-09 09:44:03  
  "Iron Man's greatest foe is back!"

I laughed a good five minutes before being able to actually start this issue.

  MrRsBB Says:    
  2013-06-25 02:13:47  
  "Fool! Slogans and bravado won't stop (insert villain name)" LOL! Poor Johnny Craig, Heck just doesn't give him anything to work with. Don heck must have been a heckuva a guy in person, cuz his art work is awful! The story is a million miles better than the art; actually, I loved the story here. The script was pretty good; there is still a huge word count!(3)  

  leisch Says:    
  2013-08-27 15:10:19  
  The Controller joins Mad Thinker, Puppet Master, & Egghead as villains who make any issue hard reading.  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2014-11-16 21:02:53  
  I hate the controller. Hate him.

Anyone else think this issue opened up similar to the Rocky Horror Show?

  duncanm Says:    
  2014-12-24 17:52:21  
  Anyone else notice that the cover makes the Controller's power look like a combo of the Unicorn and the Melter?  

  specialque Says:    
  2015-01-03 10:47:50  
  Because getting someone who hates you to do your work always brings great results, right Controller?

I almost docked this issue a star for Sitwell deciding not to request a transfer at the end. Seeing him get slapped around is always good for a few laughs though.

  Locust75 Says:    
  2015-12-16 19:42:33  
  3 stars for the return of the Controller!!! I guess, I'm in the minority for liking the Controller, and Don Heck...

Cover Me - @duncanm: Agreed. Marie even draws a different helmet that resembles the Unicorns. Also, I'm not sure how mental force bolts can melt iron though...

Damsel - Nice images of Meredith in her little nightie!!

Big Poppa - 1st app by Howard Stark...and he's a jerk!!

Tales Of Suspense - I liked the big reveal at Pinewood Sanitarium!!

'Nuff Said - "Son, your school tests may prove you're a genius, but you act like an idiot!"-Father Stark

  MattzLadd Says:    
  2016-01-26 10:00:59  
  Another issue ruined by the one-issue policy.  

  Katryn Says:    
  2016-12-10 20:11:51  
  If an issue has to spend half the book explaining who the villain is, they're probably not anyone's greatest foe. Hell, I saw the Controller and the only thing that came to mind was the Fat Controller from Thomas the Tank Engine. Neither make a good villain.  

  Russ Says:    
  2017-01-17 13:08:23  
  I didn't think this was a horrible issue. The concept of the Controller isn't a bad one, but I did prefer his previous arc in issues #12-13 to this one. Getting an enemy to modify and improve your stuff that makes you more powerful is an overused concept and it made the story suffer.

Nobody mentioning the first appearance of the legendary Tony's dad? Yeah, just one panel. And if I haad a dad that looked that mean, it would drive me to drink too!

Meredith married? You can tell this was written in the seventies. Since when does that stop most people, let alone a playboy like Tony?

3 stars. Is the situation between Tony and Jasper coming to a head? I'm interested to see how that plays out.

  benmason486 Says:    
  2017-09-05 12:42:27  
  A woman that Tony doesn't get to seduce? I'm shocked! I respect Tony's respect for her husband. Also, I want this triangle with Jasper, Whitney, and Tony to be explored further.  

  JonahBlack Says:    
  2017-10-23 05:26:19  
  My first comment on CMRO was "Don Heck is no Jack Kirby". I still stand by this a thousand issues later.  

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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
   March 28, 2018 logan49 Added Slave Discs listing.
   February 5, 2018 TStarnes Added Iron Man Armor, Model 3 listing.
   February 5, 2018 TStarnes
   February 5, 2018 TStarnes
   October 25, 2017 fragsel Added Eric Thorne to the issue.
   January 30, 2016 fragsel Added Creighton McCall to the issue.
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