Tales of Suspense #39 (03/10/1963)

detail.jpgTony Stark is a world-renowned, multimillionaire inventor who designs weapons for the U.S. military and their fight in the jungles of Vietnam. Stark seemingly has everything, from money to women, but that all changes on a weapons demonstration in Vietnam. Upon demonstrating his newest device Stark accidentally sets off a booby trap and ends up not only with life-threatening shrapnel in his chest, but a prisoner of Warlord Wong-Chu and forced to design weapons.

First off this is a pretty good issue. The story is pretty well-done and actually makes sense from beginning to end and only has a few minor issues, such as there being a file cabinet full of rocks. In addition, the villain is a suitable one and the using communism in this issue makes sense. In addition, the artwork of Don Heck is pretty fantastic. Unfortunately, the issue is dragged down a bit by the racism shown towards the Vietnamese, clearly a product of it’s time.

However, overall this is a very solid origin story and a strong start to the Iron Man saga. I was also pretty surprised how close the Iron Man movie kept to the origin story. This issue is definitely worth a read.

Rating: 4.0/5.0


  • Editor: Stan Lee
  • Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Don Heck
  • Writers: Stan Lee, Larry Lieber
  • Pencilers: Don Heck
  • Inkers: Don Heck
  • Colorists: Stan Goldberg
  • Letterers: Artie Simek



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