In Tales of Suspense #44 Tony Stark heads to Egypt to assist an archeologist friend with excavating the tomb Hatap, the Mad Pharaoh. Naturally, it turns out that Hatap is actually still alive and forces Stark to go back in time with him to defeat Cleopatra and claim the kingdom of Egypt.
Unfortunately, while the basic idea sounds cool, the execution of the story is poorly done. From the opening with the reporter pestering Tony Stark about whether or not he would be able to bang Cleopatra to Hatap waking up and immediately knowing how long he has been asleep and having knowledge of English, this story was so poorly thoughts out. Plus, why would Iron Man fight against the Romans? Didn’t he just technically change history? Also, some of his gadgets are just too much, I’m looking at you little wheels and rocket head.
In the end Tales to Astonish #44 is definitely the worst issue in the series, and probably one of the worst issues in the chronological order so far. You would not be missing much if you passed on this issue.
- Cover Artists: Jack Kirby
- Writers: Stan Lee, Robert Bernstein
- Pencilers: Don Heck
- Letterers: Sam Rosen