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Tales of Suspense #71: Review

Nov 1965
Stan Lee, Don Heck

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What Price Victory?

Review & Comments

4 stars

Tales of Suspense #71 Review by (February 15, 2010)
Last regular World War 2 story in this title. Conclusion of a three part story. Layouts by Jack Kirby.

Tales of Suspense #71 Review by (May 9, 2012)
Review (Iron Man): A satisfying (if dated by its Cold War politics) wrap-up to the epic, ends on a bitter note, with Tony again mourning his cruel fate of being a millionaire playboy and a superhero, all because he can’t have Gwynneth Paltrow. Poor baby. Wait, I thought the device which Happy risked his life to give to Iron Man was the booster for the chestplate (which was certainly the impression we were given last issue); now it is revealed to be the “reverser” Tony was working on at the beginning of issue #69, apparently something with a weapons application. I’m confused. And finally, this review is in the right place!

Comments (Iron Man): First issue since #57 where Iron Man does not have to share the cover with Captain America.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Tales of Suspense #71 Synopsis by T Vernon

Believing Happy Hogan has been killed by Titanium Man, Iron Man gears up to destroy his Communist counterpart. The Russian unleashes several barrages of weapons fire but the agile American easily dodges and returns fire. As Titanium Man tries to evade damage, Iron Man seizes him and bounces him off the rocks in the arena….

Meanwhile, Happy’s body is recovered from the battleground and it is discovered that the burly chauffeur is still alive but barely. Pepper accompanies him to the hospital while Senator Byrd waits to chew out Tony Stark if and when the absent billionaire shows his face….

In a remote area of the arena, Titanium Man unleashes another Soviet cheat: a fake rock conceals a rocket launcher which fires a smart missile at Iron Man. The hero flies frantically through the air before he can use the reverser to destroy the missile. Iron Man then uses the reverser to depower Titanium Man’s armor and proceeds to beat the bejabbers out of the villain, leaving him stranded atop a rocky outcropping. Meanwhile, he has broadcast the Russian’s surrender to the world over his built-in radio. Iron Man must rush off and recharge, while the Soviets dispute the American victory.

Meanwhile, at the hospital a specialist has been called in for Happy, while Pepper and Stephanie De La Spiroza exchange barbs. Tony finally shows up, snubs Stephanie so that she leaves in a huff, and faces the reproaches of Pepper for not being there when his trusted friend needed him. After surgery, Happy is weak and his condition uncertain; Pepper walks out on the seemingly cold-hearted Tony Stark who can only bear his secret in silence….

Story #2

…When You Lie Down with Dogs…!

Writer: Stan Lee. Layouts: Jack Kirby. Penciler: George Tuska. Inker: Joe Sinnott. Inker: Wally Wood. Colorist: ?.

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America, who had recovered from the sleep gas earlier, springs into action and eludes his captors. He frees Bucky and they try to prevent the missile launch but Major Uberhart threatens to kill Celia Rawlings if Cap does not surrender. Celia throws herself at the Nazis to protect Cap and is shot by a guard. Over the body of his dying sister Dr. Rawlings vows to atone for his treason. Learning that his company is under attack in France, Cap asks Rawlings to reprogram the missile to head for the Nazi lines. His job done, Rawlings ignites the stores of rocket fuel and the castle goes up in a massive explosion, killing Rawlings and the Nazis, with only Captain America and Bucky making it to safety. The missile destroys the Nazi forces and allows the Americans to escape

Don Heck
Wally Wood
Jack Kirby (Cover Penciler)
Wally Wood (Cover Inker)
Stan Goldberg (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Bucky Barnes
Bucky Barnes

(James Barnes)
Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
Pepper Potts
Pepper Potts

(Pepper Hogan)

Plus: Nazis, Senator Byrd, Stephanie De La Spiroza, Titanium Man.

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