Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Marvel History 197: Tales of Suspense # 59

Issue: Tales of Suspense # 59
Writer: Stan Lee
Artist: Don Heck 1st story & Jack Kirby 2nd story
Publication Date: November 1964

Brief Summary:



And so the Captain America/Iron Man double feature era of Tales of Suspense begins.

The art in the first story is a little different, as the facial features of Tony Stark and Pepper Potts are drastically changed from earlier efforts.

Also, Black Knight points out that he knows how to find Iron Man, and its by attacking Stark's factory, given the close relationship between the two.  So, if the villains know where to find you anyway, isn't having a secret identity more trouble than it's worth?  The story ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, as it seems that Stark cannot abandon his armor for fear to his health.

The Captain America story features the first appearance of Jarvis, the Avengers' longtime butler!  In his first appearance he is referred to as Tony Stark's personal butler.  Otherwise, this story is rather bland, as Captain America wipes the floor with a number of common thugs.

Favorite Panel:

Captain America in action.  A rather nice splash page by Mr. Kirby

Favorite Quote: "The trouble with girls is -- they all act like females!" - Captain America

Next: Tales to Astonish # 61