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1274: Iron Man #36 (v1)

" ... Among Men Stalks the Ramrod! "
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Iron Man #36 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Sal Buscema
Writers: Gerry Conway
Pencilers: Don Heck
Inkers: Mike Esposito
Letterers: Artie Simek
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: April 1971
Release Date: January 1971
Story Arc: -
Pages: 20
Cover Price: $0.15
Times Read: 329                 Times Rated: 205
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Issue Blurb
Iron Man, Madam Masque, Nick Fury, and Daredevil wrap up their battle with the Zodiac and go their separate ways. When Tony gets fed up with being Iron Man he heads to Manhattan to live up his playboy lifestyle, that is, until an alien being invades the city.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  Iron Man
Iron Man last appeared in Daredevil #73 (v1). Iron Man next appears in Iron Man #37 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Marianne Rodgers
Marianne Rodgers last appeared in Tales of Suspense #40 (v1). Marianne Rodgers next appears in Iron Man #37 (v1).
  Madame Masque
Madame Masque last appeared in Daredevil #73 (v1). Madame Masque next appears in Iron Man #91 (v1).
  Kevin O'Brien
Kevin O'Brien last appeared in Daredevil #73 (v1). Kevin O'Brien next appears in Iron Man #37 (v1).
Daredevil last appeared in Daredevil #73 (v1). Daredevil next appears in Daredevil #74 (v1).
  Nick Fury
Nick Fury last appeared in Daredevil #73 (v1). Nick Fury next appears in Iron Man #40 (v1).
Spymaster last appeared in Daredevil #73 (v1). Spymaster next appears in Iron Man #112 (v1).
Capricorn last appeared in Daredevil #73 (v1). Capricorn next appears in Avengers #120 (v1).
Aquarius last appeared in Daredevil #73 (v1). Aquarius next appears in Avengers #120 (v1).
Sagittarius last appeared in Daredevil #73 (v1). Sagittarius next appears in Avengers #120 (v1).
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Ramrod in the mainstream continuity. Ramrod next appears in Iron Man #37 (v1).
Group Appearances
NYPD last appeared in Captain America #143 (v1). NYPD next appears in Iron Man #38 (v1).
Zodiac last appeared in Daredevil #73 (v1). Zodiac next appears in Avengers #120 (v1).
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Iron Man Armor, Model 3
Iron Man Armor, Model 3 last appeared in Daredevil #73 (v1). Iron Man Armor, Model 3 next appears in Iron Man #37 (v1).
Daredevil's Billy Club
Daredevil's Billy Club last appeared in Daredevil #73 (v1). Daredevil's Billy Club next appears in Daredevil #74 (v1).
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Issue Review
   July 16, 2015
A generic Iron Man story. Tony is having doubts about being IM, and then a huge robot shows up to wreak havoc. 6/10
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  Calthor Says:    
  2012-08-18 01:30:53  
  This would have been a good issue, if it weren't for the truly lame villain.  

  Wady Says:    
  2012-09-19 18:29:23  
  Lately the Iron man stories have been really lame  

  chrys Says:    
  2013-05-31 01:39:06  
  There are some good character moments in this one, if you don't let the alien distract you.  

  skalchemist Says:    
  2013-09-24 19:59:11  
  Tony's inner monologue was just oppressive in this issue.  

  leisch Says:    
  2014-01-30 19:32:05  
  Iron Man quits because Madame masque doesn't love him anymore. Wuss!  

  leisch Says:    
  2014-01-30 19:32:05  
  Iron Man quits because Madame masque doesn't love him anymore. Wuss!  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2014-11-22 10:21:01  
  I don't know what's worse. The robot, or Stark pondering giving up Iron Man for the 7th time.  

  duncanm Says:    
  2015-01-15 00:29:37  
  I actually really liked this one. Of don't get me wrong it had issues. The prior storyline is wrapped up too quickly, with nothing made of the fact that the Brotherhood returned them to Earth specifically so that they would fight properly to regenerate the key...which they then proceed to do. Stark having O'Brian run the company came out of nowhere and was unearned.
But a lot of Tony's internal conflict really resonated, I thought. Tony doesn't forsake Iron Man simply because Masque want's Sitwell, but because he feels that Iron Man has destroyed his life...which quite frankly it did. He has to spend all his time out of the armor pretending to be something he's not, and being thought of as a coward, and while he's in the suit he's risking his life as a faceless machine that nobody really cares about, outside of his ability to save their lives. But in the end Stark gives one of the best lines that sums up why most of these flawed, conflicted heroes will continue their fight no matter the trouble it causes them, "because you can't let somebody else do your suffering for you." And with that, our hero is resolved, if not content. And then he dies. And they had us (and Tony) forget about the heart thing because they stopped beating it into our heads every issue.
Also that baddy may not have been the most original thing, but he managed to do more damage to New York than just about an other villain up to this point. And these weren't empty tenements or something like they usually use. It's buildings across the street from an elite expensive restaurant.

  specialque Says:    
  2015-01-17 08:35:34  
  Extra star awarded for finally ending that moronic Zodiac plotline.

Every time Iron Man complains about his heart problems I just hear an old lady's voice in my head moaning "oh, my heart! My heart!"

  j52y @ duncanm (original post):    
  2015-02-16 22:46:01  
  Well said  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2016-01-09 11:28:09  
  3 stars for the Zodiac being ramrodded!!!

Splash - I like the note mentioning Forbush Demolition Co.!!!

One And Done - I wonder why Capricorn didn't use his tentacle thingies again??

Late No Prize - I didn't catch it in Iron Man #35, but they mixed up Aquarius and Sagittarius!!

Snug - How is everyone supposed to fit in SHIELD's little green gyro thingie?? (p8,p2)

Feud - Yet another reason why Stark and Jarvis can't stand each other....Williams the Butler!!

Mosaic - I like the look of Ramrod. Sort of like a merge of Bouncing Boy, Chemo, and Ram Man!!

'Nuff Said - "Tonight...Tony Stark comes alive!"-International Playboy

  MattzLadd Says:    
  2016-02-16 11:54:29  
  Puh-lease don't let Tony's ubiquitous heart problems return.  

  ClownShoes Says:    
  2016-09-21 14:13:07  
  I liked Iron Man helping the day-drinking motorist from getting in trouble with the Mrs.

I'm excited to see Tony finally embracing the lifestyle of a billionaire. Hopefully that's not a done in one character growth...

And the villain's name is... Ramrod!?! And nobody's made any jokes about that yet?

  Katryn Says:    
  2016-12-31 01:23:52  
  This is one of the few times where a bland "insert-name-here" robot villain worked well. It really wasn't about Ramrod at all, it was about Tony figuring out whether he could ever stand aside and watch people get hurt that he could have saved. And acknowledging what that costs him. Although the Madame Masque bit didn't quite ring true for me, I had presumed that was just a fling, and so her telling him that she still loved Sitwell shouldn't have affected Tony so much.  

  JimboJangles Says:    
  2017-01-09 06:17:33  
  Commenting before reading this one, all I can say is I want to see Fury fight the Ramrod, it would be Ramrod vs. Ramrod!  

  Russ Says:    
  2017-02-04 09:07:59  
  What's worse than cheesy aliens and cheesy robots? A cheesy alien robot.

But that wasn't even the worst part. The internal meltdown Tony had because of Madame Masque's perceived rejection was painful to read. I think this was to demonstrate that Tony has a heart for the women in his life and can be faithful, even if her face is disfigured, but to me he came across as a pouty child whose favorite toy was taken away. I liked the friction between Tony and Jasper when this all started to develop, but now it all seems a little tired.

2 stars. Yep, Tony's going to play the playboy bit for awhile; Jasper's still in the hospital and Spymaster doesn't show up for a long time after this story. Where is thy vengeance now, Iron One?

  benmason486 Says:    
  2017-09-28 10:36:04  
  And back to individual storylines.

How often will Tony give up being Iron Man, just to come back 5 pages later? That gives us no dramatic tension.

How sad, but inevitable: to be taken down by a bum ticker.

  gloomyharvester Says:    
  2017-10-22 13:38:41  
  Just what this confusing arc needed, an alien robot.  

  JonahBlack Says:    
  2017-11-08 11:35:34  
  I'm having a real hard time getting past the art in this book. If Ramrod had a better, more intimidating design, with no other art improvements, this would have been a serviceable story.

As it was, with his dime-store toy robot looks piled on Don Heck's limited abilities, I just couldn't get into this at all.

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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 6, 2018 TStarnes Added Daredevil[appost]s Billy Club listing.
   February 6, 2018 TStarnes Added Iron Man Armor, Model 3 listing.
   February 6, 2018 TStarnes
   February 6, 2018 TStarnes
   February 6, 2018 TStarnes Added NYPD to the issue.
   February 6, 2018 TStarnes
   March 13, 2016 fragsel Added Ramrod to the issue.
   May 5, 2015 sewixo Changed comic details.
   March 2, 2014 Robareid Updated the listing for Spymaster.
   September 24, 2013 skalchemist Updated the listing for Sagittarius.
   September 24, 2013 skalchemist Updated the listing for Aquarius.
   September 24, 2013 skalchemist Updated the listing for Capricorn.
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