Why I Love Marvel Comics: Tales of Suspense #48 (Birth of Iron Man 2)


In honor of the unveiling of the Iron Man 2 poster,I double dip into my love of Tales of Suspense #48.

As you may have seen in my earlier post on this issue, I love many, many things about TOS #48. The gorgeous Steve Ditko art and the absurdity of a villan who wears a green sweatshirt, bizarro blue hood (which does not protect his identity in any way), names himself the imposing Mr. Doll (kinda like calling yourself “Commander Menopause” — “Fear my hot flash of doom!!!!”). Best of all, Mr. Doll forces the redesign of the original gray/gold armor.

There’s more to love. Who doesn’t love a great jump cut scene in a movie as the hero vigorously arms himself/herself for battle by stapping on loads of guns!?!? Rambo. Ripley. Sgt. Nicholas Angel. (For my money, the fashioning of Ash’s iron hand in “Army of Darkness” is the best of the lot.). Well, Mr. Tony Stark gave us a prep scene of his own as over 3 pages and 24 panels, Ditko debuted the red and gold Iron Man Mark 2.0. Awesome. Click here for a bigger version.

The only thing that would make this better would be if Tony turned to Pepper at the end and proclaimed, “Groovy!”

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2 Responses to Why I Love Marvel Comics: Tales of Suspense #48 (Birth of Iron Man 2)

  1. Markus says:

    Hahah! Now that’s really classic. Thanks for sharing this.

  2. Nas Hoosen says:

    I’m embarrassed to say that I was unaware that Ditko ever drew Iron Man, let alone was the first artist to showcase the “classic” armor. Danke!

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