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1279: Iron Man #38 (v1)

" When Calls Jonah...! "
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Iron Man #38 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Sal Buscema
Writers: Gerry Conway, Allyn Brodsky
Pencilers: George Tuska
Inkers: Mike Esposito
Letterers: Jean Izzo (Jean Simek)
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: June 1971
Release Date: March 1971
Story Arc: -
Pages: 20
Cover Price: $0.15
Times Read: 302                 Times Rated: 186
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Issue Blurb
When Stark gives an ex-con a second chance, the man attempts to go straight but is scared back into the crime circuits by a crime boss named Jonah.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  Iron Man
Iron Man last appeared in Iron Man #37 (v1). Iron Man next appears in Avengers #86 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Kevin O'Brien
Kevin O'Brien last appeared in Iron Man #37 (v1). Kevin O'Brien next appears in Iron Man #39 (v1).
  Frankie Majors
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Frankie Majors in the mainstream continuity. Frankie Majors next appears in Iron Man #39 (v1).
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Louise in the mainstream continuity.
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Lee in the mainstream continuity.
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Jonah in the mainstream continuity. This is flashback appearance.
  Anthony Gardenia
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Anthony Gardenia in the mainstream continuity.
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Franco in the mainstream continuity.
Group Appearances
NYPD last appeared in Iron Man #36 (v1). NYPD next appears in Daredevil #74 (v1).
Stark Industries
Stark Industries last appeared in Iron Man #35 (v1). Stark Industries next appears in Iron Man #39 (v1).
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Iron Man Armor, Model 3
Iron Man Armor, Model 3 last appeared in Iron Man #37 (v1). Iron Man Armor, Model 3 next appears in Avengers #86 (v1).
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Issue Review
   November 21, 2016
A story with many problems.
Gangsters - Any story where IM fights gangsters makes no sense. Heís an incredibly powerful superhero, so how can we believe that bullets will harm him? There is therefore no tension/drama in this story. Plus, it looks dumb when IM goes out after dark to investigate the main villain of the piece. Huh? Wrong comic!! Daredevil maybe. Iron Man? Not so much.
Backstory - The main guest character here, a sympathetic ex-con, has his backstory related to Tony/us by a third character we donít know! A character we never meet again! As storytelling choices go, thatís a baffling one. Itís basically gossip :)
Coincidence Factor - I always hate it when a story is driven forward by a random coincidence. Here is an example of one of the worst: we are told that a few days pass and then, as he ďdrives north from his East 86th Street Mansion in Manhattan,Ē Tony spies his new employee being attacked. Gosh. Lucky he was driving by at that exact moment, otherwise the comic would have ended on page 12! Manhattan must be small, I guess. Only a few people... easy to drive by your friends.
Vague Goals - Itís never made clear exactly what the gangsters want. They just seem to want to threaten the new employee in vague, unspecific ways. It almost comes across like a high-school bullying story.
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  Wady Says:    
  2012-09-21 18:18:35  
  Realy Iron Man with a metalic arm holder, a bit lame  

  spencer617 Says:    
  2013-06-16 10:20:15  
  Not a bad story per se, but Iron Man vs gangsters seems like quite a power mismatch.  

  skalchemist Says:    
  2013-09-26 11:51:39  
  As a Daredevil story, that might have rated two stars, but Iron Man? That was bad.  

  leisch Says:    
  2014-01-31 08:36:13  
  Decent filler issue, but it just seemed like the whole thing was written for somebody other than Iron Man. Maybe if the bad guy had been Kingpin..  

  bharbeke Says:    
  2014-03-08 07:05:25  
  I read this one as a street crime story and liked it. It's in no way essential to Iron Man, but the story is still a good one with a happy ending.  

  Robareid Says:    
  2014-03-08 14:45:15  
  I expected there to be some sort of reference as to who the original Jonah was.  

  illcom94 Says:    
  2014-06-17 20:24:02  
  This could have been good, but it wasn't.  

  ThunderZtorm Says:    
  2014-10-10 19:39:29  
  I like the redeemed criminal angle, not often you'd see that I those days, a black ex-con given a chance in a major corporation.  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2014-11-23 08:04:42  
  Although I loved the iron-sling, wouldn't that have given away his true identity to the job and Frankie?  

  duncanm Says:    
  2015-01-15 19:57:44  
  "Tony I've got a special case applicant I wanted to talk to you about."
Does he beat his wife?
"Wait, what? Why would you? What? The guy did community service for littering. What's wrong with you?"

  specialque Says:    
  2015-01-17 10:03:50  
  The iron sling was just too much. He's not even trying to hide his identity as this point.

Interesting how much more I enjoyed this issue since it didn't have Fury, Sitwell, or any SHIELD crap. Just my personal preference, but I've found that most of the stories I've read involving SHIELD have been crap.

  Locust75 Says:    
  2016-01-10 10:52:13  
  2 stars for the Man helping out a soul brother!!!

Family Business - I wonder if Anthony "Jonah" Gardenia is related to Granny Gardenia??

Mister DA - Is that Foggy's legs on p6,p3??

One And Done - I find it odd that we will never see Frankie Majors again!

'Nuff Said - "Yes. Yes, Frankie...I can "dig" it."-The Man

  metsguy Says:    
  2016-09-07 06:44:14  
  Kinda felt like they ran out of pages.  

  Katryn @ duncanm (original post):    
  2017-01-01 23:13:11  
  And he looks so relaxed about it too! I didn't realise this was an everyday conversation in the early 70s.  

  Katryn Says:    
  2017-01-01 23:22:53  
  Good to know that when you need someone to check case files at the DAs office, Iron Man is always willing to help.  

  JimboJangles @ Locust75 (original post):    
  2017-01-10 06:50:22  
  Granny Gardenia, hilarious! Your comments are the best! Correction though, you say Frankie is one and done, but the appearances say he's in the next issue as well.  

  Locust75 @ JimboJangles (original post):    
  2017-01-10 07:14:56  
  Yeah, I messed up on that one. Frankie wasn't listed until after my comment. I correct myself in the next issue of Iron Man.  

  Russ Says:    
  2017-02-05 06:34:45  
  This wasn't a bad story, but I think it's out of place here. While the redemption angle was pretty cool, and something we don't see a lot of in Marvel mags up to this point in the Order, street-level crime doesn't really work in the Iron Man book. That said, this wasn't a total waste.

I liked Frankie Majors. He might've made a good fit in Shell-Head's supporting cast, but as @Locust75 and @JimboJangles stated, we don't see much more of him after this. Such a shame.

And no explanation as to who the original Jonah was? I didn't think a certain newspaper publisher was dabbling into organized crime. Maybe the original Jonah's sleeping with the fishes! Or on a Biblical reference, inside one?

2 stars. Some plot threads with a little potential, but never explored. Commenters here haven't been very kind to Gerry Conway's work in Iron Man so far; it's still early in his run but after these few stories it looks like they may have a point.

  benmason486 Says:    
  2017-09-28 11:04:17  
  It's good to see an ex-con get a shot and make good on it. I like Frankie and hope good things happen with him.  

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Date User Name Update
   February 6, 2018 TStarnes Added Iron Man Armor, Model 3 listing.
   February 6, 2018 TStarnes
   February 6, 2018 TStarnes
   February 6, 2018 TStarnes
   February 6, 2018 TStarnes Added NYPD to the issue.
   November 10, 2017 fragsel Added Franco to the issue.
   November 10, 2017 fragsel Added Lee to the issue.
   November 10, 2017 fragsel Added Stark Industries to the issue.
   March 14, 2016 fragsel Added Louise to the issue.
   March 14, 2016 fragsel Added Frankie Majors to the issue.
   March 14, 2016 fragsel Added Anthony Gardenia to the issue.
   March 14, 2016 fragsel Added Jonah to the issue.
   May 5, 2015 sewixo Changed comic details.
   November 30, 2013 jfpj1991 Added blurb for this issue.
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