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1306: Iron Man #40 (v1)

" Night Walk! "
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Iron Man #40 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: George Tuska
Writers: Gerry Conway
Pencilers: George Tuska
Inkers: Jim Mooney
Letterers: Artie Simek
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: August 1971
Release Date: May 1971
Story Arc: -
Pages: 20
Cover Price: $0.15
Times Read: 304                 Times Rated: 192
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Amazing Adventures #8b (v2)
Iron Man #39 (v1)
Iron Man #40 (v1)
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Ka-Zar #3b (v1)
1304: Amazing Adv...
#8b (v2)
1305: Iron Man
#39 (v1)
1307: Ka-Zar
#2b (v1)
1308: Ka-Zar
#3b (v1)
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Issue Blurb
Tony Stark decides to not attend the UN scientific summit due to a splitting headache and inability to think straight. When the White Dragon loses the range needed to control Stark, he attacks Iron Man.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  Iron Man
Iron Man last appeared in Iron Man #39 (v1). Iron Man next appears in Avengers #88 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Kevin O'Brien
Kevin O'Brien last appeared in Iron Man #39 (v1). Kevin O'Brien next appears in Iron Man #43 (v1).
  Marianne Rodgers
Marianne Rodgers last appeared in Iron Man #37 (v1). Marianne Rodgers next appears in Iron Man #41 (v1).
  Nick Fury
Nick Fury last appeared in Iron Man #36 (v1). Nick Fury next appears in Avengers #92 (v1).
  White Dragon
White Dragon last appeared in Iron Man #39 (v1). Dies in this issue.
Shara-Lee last appeared in Iron Man #39 (v1). Dies in this issue.
  Commander Kreol
Commander Kreol last appeared in Iron Man #39 (v1).
Davina last appeared in Iron Man #39 (v1).
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Iron Man Armor, Model 3
Iron Man Armor, Model 3 last appeared in Iron Man #39 (v1). Iron Man Armor, Model 3 next appears in Avengers #88 (v1).
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Issue Review
   November 21, 2016
The art is much better - I presume the previous issue was a rush job? - but the story is still bad.
Pages 1-8 - Tony Stark is in poor shape, following the battle/defeat that ending the previous story. He is passed out, and later incoherent, while Kevin O’Brien takes care of him. Then... inexplicably... he gets better and flies off. Soon he’ll be in battle again, none the worse for wear. Bad inconsistent storytelling.
Villains - In this second part we learn the villain’s partner/lover is actually a traitor, plotting against him. Usually, I enjoy it when writers give their villains contrasting goals. But this revelation has no real bearing on the story other than to set up a (very weak) ending where the betrayed party kills them both in an explosion.
Plan - The villains’ scheme is explained in full here. It’s convoluted nonsense. Honestly, there are easier ways to accomplish this kind of crazy shit.
Sidebars - We have a few short scenes thrown in (as filler?) that have nothing to do with the story. One involved a kid telling his mother about the super-fight he is observing, while another showcases an ex of Tony’s worrying about him. In bed. Why is she in bed? (Other than to provide some cheesecake.) Why knows? There’s no real indication anywhere else that this is taking place at night, and nobody else is sleepy.
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  Kez Says:    
  2012-06-10 17:25:07  
  Those panels with Marriane were so annoyingly contrived.  

  Wady Says:    
  2012-09-24 18:50:09  
  It's so funny that both Davina and Kreol, were Asian drawn in Issue 39 and now are caucasian in this issue  

  Wady Says:    
  2012-09-24 19:29:47  
  I did like it all though the end was bit rushed and all tied up too neatly, I do say that someone made a mistake when Kreol and Davina were drawn originally they were Asian, by this issue they were drawn like Caucasians.  

  leisch Says:    
  2014-01-31 21:15:04  
  The improvement in the art over last issue made for a better story.  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2014-11-25 11:35:37  
  The ending was the biggest cop out I've read this far. Whatever they had to do to tie it up fast I guess. 2 stars...  

  specialque Says:    
  2015-01-24 10:30:28  
  Running out of ways to say I hate this comic. Weak story, with a wack ending.  

  Johnny Darkness Says:    
  2015-02-10 02:01:43  
  I liked how odd Marianne's scene was.  

  duncanm Says:    
  2015-02-10 18:43:58  
  How could you tell what race the lackey were last issue? I could barely make out Iron Man. Big improvement this issue with the art.
Didn't mind the story too much, though I have no idea what that chick sleeping in the buff had to do with anything. Or the kid driving with his mom for that matter.
Just a somewhat odd couple of issues for Iron Man.

  Locust75 Says:    
  2016-01-24 10:15:28  
  Just 1 star for the White Dragon drowning in a quagmire of an convoluted story!!!

Femme Fatale - This will be Marianne's go to gimmick from now on. Premonitions to warn Stark about future dangers!! And, if she gets them while naked in bed; it's a plus for us readers!!!

Dud - So, I guess there is still a nuclear bomb in the East River??!!

'Nuff Said - "Swine. Pig. Dog."-Shara-Le

  Katryn Says:    
  2017-01-09 06:19:08  
  I don't know how, but they managed to confuse me more with the recap of last issue than they did with the original story. And that was confusing enough.  

  Russ Says:    
  2017-02-15 13:04:04  
  Iron Man story arcs lately have become weird. We had the Zodiac a few issues ago which went unexpectedly cosmic for no reason. Now this White Dragon arc. When it comes to betrayal and vengeance against the west, though, nobody does it like Shara-Le.

@Katryn: I don't believe that was a recap so much as it was a Tony Stark fever dream; similar to waking up after a night of drinking!

@Locust75: If Shara-Le had also said "sheep" when she read off those insults, we would then know she was a Pink Floyd fan!

2 stars.

  benmason486 Says:    
  2017-10-18 12:41:06  
  Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal! Was anyone surprised that Shara-Le would betray White Dragon? He was made out to be quite ineffectual. Here is where a bit of self-reflection would have been helpful.

Overall, not a great story arc. The villain is lackluster; Iron Man is dull; and even Kevin is maudlin.

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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
   November 11, 2017 fragsel Added Davina to the issue.
   November 11, 2017 fragsel Added Commander Kreol to the issue.
   November 11, 2017 fragsel Updated the listing for White Dragon.
   November 11, 2017 fragsel Updated the listing for Shara-Lee.
   March 16, 2016 fragsel Added Shara-Lee to the issue.
   March 16, 2016 fragsel Added White Dragon to the issue.
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