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1305: Iron Man #39 (v1)

" A Twist of Memory -- A Turn of Mind! "
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Iron Man #39 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Herb Trimpe
Writers: Gerry Conway
Pencilers: Herb Trimpe
Inkers: Herb Trimpe
Letterers: Artie Simek
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: July 1971
Release Date: April 1971
Story Arc: -
Pages: 20
Cover Price: $0.15
Times Read: 294                 Times Rated: 190
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Issue Blurb
Tony is drugged and taken aboard a submarine to be implanted with a control device and his memories wiped. How will he be able to stop himself from becoming the unwilling henchman of a disgraced villain?
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  Iron Man
Iron Man last appeared in Sub-Mariner #35 (v1). Iron Man next appears in Iron Man #40 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Jasper Sitwell
Jasper Sitwell last appeared in Iron Man #35 (v1). Jasper Sitwell next appears in Iron Man #42 (v1).
  Kevin O'Brien
Kevin O'Brien last appeared in Iron Man #38 (v1). Kevin O'Brien next appears in Iron Man #40 (v1).
Thor last appeared in Amazing Adventures #8a (v2). Thor next appears in Avengers #88 (v1).
  Captain America
Captain America last appeared in Amazing Adventures #8a (v2). Captain America next appears in Avengers #88 (v1).
Goliath last appeared in Amazing Adventures #7b (v2). Goliath next appears in Avengers #88 (v1).
  The Falcon
The Falcon last appeared in Captain America #143 (v1). The Falcon next appears in Avengers #88 (v1).
Redwing last appeared in Captain America #143 (v1). Redwing next appears in Avengers #88 (v1).
  Frankie Majors
Frankie Majors last appeared in Iron Man #38 (v1).
  White Dragon
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by White Dragon in the mainstream continuity. White Dragon next appears in Iron Man #40 (v1).
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Shara-Lee in the mainstream continuity. Shara-Lee next appears in Iron Man #40 (v1).
  Commander Kreol
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Commander Kreol in the mainstream continuity. Commander Kreol next appears in Iron Man #40 (v1).
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Davina in the mainstream continuity. Davina next appears in Iron Man #40 (v1).
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by T'Zin in the mainstream continuity.
Group Appearances
The Avengers
The Avengers last appeared in Amazing Adventures #7b (v2). The Avengers next appears in Avengers #88 (v1).
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Issue Review
   November 21, 2016
Some of the worst art I’ve ever seen in a Marvel comic. And the story is pretty bad, too.
Bedside Manner -> We open with Tony Stark at the hospital bedside of Jasper Sitwell, clearly concerned about his friend. He steps out in the hallway and starts pretending to the same doctor that he doesn’t care(!!). Then wanders off thinking to himself about the ‘act’ he has to put on, at all time, so everyone thinks he is nothing but a callous playboy. The doctor watching this thinks to himself that Stark is easy to hate. Instead he should be wondering about Stark’s split-personality!! Doing one thing one moment, and a contradictory thing the very next moment. Even if that worked... we’d have to wonder why exactly Tony felt the need to pretend anything.
Attack on Tony -> Next there’s an elaborate and nonsensical attack on Tony. Just to kidnap him. One would assume there are about 101 easier ways to do this, than: booby-trapping his car so that gas sprays out causing him to crash into the river. Luckily, the villain has henchmen waiting to snatch him from the water. Meaning... they somehow knew he would crash into the water!!
Mind Control -> This is all done to exert mind control on Tony. Or so we are told. Briefly. That story never really gets going because... pretty soon the generic villain is attacking Iron Man. Ultimately deciding to pull the plug on the entire scheme. Worst. Villain. Ever.
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  Redsvetz Says:    
  2012-04-01 11:21:48  
  I normally enjoy Herb Trimpe's penciling, but the art in this issue is pretty bad--It seems unfinished and rushed.  

  Wady Says:    
  2012-09-24 19:25:32  
  Looks like a good story lets see how it develops  

  chrys Says:    
  2013-06-03 23:45:56  
  I'm trying hard not to make the same comment every issue, but I really can't stand Conway's writing, either here or on Daredevil. It's torture. And I agree the art is terrible.  

  spencer617 Says:    
  2013-06-30 10:51:23  
  Conway just wasn't ready for professional writing at this level. There are some great ideas here, but the execution fails.  

  skalchemist Says:    
  2013-09-30 11:40:44  
  The plot was mediocre, but Trimpe's visual storytelling seems to be improving by leaps and bounds. This issue has four or five really good panel sequences.  

  leisch Says:    
  2014-01-31 21:09:23  
  The art on this was horrid. Looked like the art in a Charlton book.  

  gmonkey Says:    
  2014-06-19 02:59:42  
  Truly horrible art  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2014-11-25 11:17:37  
  All sorts of confusing. No backstory on why all this is happening.  

  specialque Says:    
  2015-01-24 10:19:55  
  I hate Iron Man so much. These comics are the kind of chore that Daredevil used to be.  

  duncanm Says:    
  2015-02-10 18:04:09  
  Okay the art was just distracting in how terrible it was. I have to say it is the worst of the order so far. What it makes me think of is some aspiring artist decided to copy the pages of the original comic for his first attempt, and somehow Marvel printed that. I can't even tell if I should be offended by the look of the White Dragon...he just looks different on nearly every panel, and there's barely any definition to it. I'd love to talk about the story, but other than being confused why Falcon was with the Avengers, I was way to distracted for any of it to have any impact on me.  

  Daredevil Says:    
  2015-03-27 07:59:04  
  Re: The Falcon
To play devil's advocate for a moment, there's nothing that actually says that the Falcon is in the Avengers. If Cap visits the Avengers, why shouldn't he have his partner with him?

  jwerth Says:    
  2015-04-22 21:33:42  
  Issues like this remind me of the bit in Marvel Comics: The Untold Story where Roy Thomas is trying to talk Stan Lee into hiring Gerry Conway. Thomas said that Conway writes well for a 17 year old kid. "OK," Lee replied, "but can't we find someone who writes well for a 25 year old kid?"  

  phogbear Says:    
  2015-08-16 20:56:13  
  The pencils have a lot of details missing.

Don Heck had been the regular artist on this title for awhile, then with 38 Tuska took over except for this issue. Trimpe was more than likely asked to pencil on very very short notice. Could have uncredited help too?

  Locust75 Says:    
  2016-01-24 09:06:09  
  2 stars for Iron Man chasing the dragon!!!

Cover Me - The bad guys don't match up with what is inside!

Scribble - I agree about the art. It looks more like art you'd find in a coloring book! Now I know where Rick Leonardi gets his inspiration from...

Nobody Does It Like Shara Lee - I can see why the White Dragon wants to impress her!!

Ride Along - Come on guys, it was national bring your sidekick to work day!!!

Bystander - Good to see Frankie still around!

'Nuff Said - "And above all else, Stark must have style."-Stark

  rubixcube60 Says:    
  2016-06-07 23:32:48  
  So they wrote a mind control plot, and then didn't actually really show much mind control. There's an off-hand reference to some sort of weapon design, and an after-the-fact mention of some plans, but they skip everything where he's actually under control. What's the point of it then?

And they do such a terrible job introducing the villain that I honestly had to double check that he wasn't a returning character I'd forgotten about. What a mess of an issue.

  edrlima Says:    
  2016-09-22 14:35:11  
  I regret not have skipped this issue!  

  Katryn Says:    
  2017-01-08 20:22:34  
  I could make some comment on how I had no idea what their brain device was meant to have done, or why Stark has no defence when he's not Iron Man, or why Stark thinks playboy equals heartless. But what really bugged me was Trimpe drew this, so no one opens their damned eyes!  

  Russ Says:    
  2017-02-15 12:44:02  
  This one was actually a little interesting. I thought it was pretty cool the way the White Dragon learned the connection between Tony and Iron Man. But the story didn't offer much else. The overall plot looks like it was recycled from 1964. I guess we're not done with the communists just yet.

2 stars. Guess we'll see if Kevin will earn his pay.

  Saithrenslot Says:    
  2017-10-10 17:27:58  
  I had to Google Herb Trimpe to see how this guy maintained a career in comics. I think it is fascinating that people enjoy his art.  

  benmason486 Says:    
  2017-10-18 12:38:39  
  I'm pretty sure that a scythe in a field moves nothing like Cap's shield, or it is a pretty inefficient scythe.

Interesting plan. Take control of Stark, then destroy the Dept. of Defense. I'm glad that technology doesn't exist, yet.

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Date User Name Update
   November 11, 2017 fragsel Added T'Zin to the issue.
   November 11, 2017 fragsel Added Davina to the issue.
   November 11, 2017 fragsel Added Commander Kreol to the issue.
   March 16, 2016 fragsel Added Shara-Lee to the issue.
   March 16, 2016 fragsel Added White Dragon to the issue.
   March 14, 2016 fragsel Added Frankie Majors to the issue.
   May 5, 2015 sewixo Changed comic details.
   November 21, 2013 jfpj1991 Added blurb for this issue.
   September 28, 2013 skalchemist Updated the listing for Hawkeye.
   September 28, 2013 skalchemist Updated the listing for Captain America.
   September 28, 2013 skalchemist Updated the listing for Thor.
   September 28, 2013 skalchemist Updated the listing for Iron Man.
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