Tales to Astonish #41 introduces Dr. Strange (no, not the one you’re thinking of), an evil genius who is able to match Tony Stark in scientific and mechanical know-how. Unlike Stark, he is more interested in trying to conquer the world and become its ruler. Thus he is able to create a gadget that causes Iron Man to bust him out of jail. Now it’s up to Iron Man to take Dr. Strange down.
I have to say is probably the best Iron Man issue so far and Dr. Strange definitely does have the potential to be Iron Man’s arch-nemesis. In addition, I like the underlying plot line of Dr. Strange trying to make things up with his daughter, in his own twisted way. At least it provides a reason as to why he’s doing what he’s doing. In addition, it’s a nice change of pace that Dr. Strange didn’t get his powers from radiation. Probably my only gripe with this issue is the inconsistent art, particularly Tony Stark’s appearance. Also, I think Kirby took some inspiration from Count Dracula when it came to Dr. Strange’s design. In fact in one panel he shields his face with his cape, a classic Dracula move!
Tales to Astonish #41 is definitely worth a read for any Iron Man, a definite improvement over the last issue, and it is actually one of the better issues overall up to this point in the Marvel Universe.
- Cover Artists: Jack Kirby
- Writers: Stan Lee, Robert Bernstein
- Pencilers: Jack Kirby
- Inkers: Dick Ayers
- Letterers: Martin Epp