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Tales of Suspense #94: Review

Oct 1967
Stan Lee, Gene Colan

Story Name:

The Tragedy and the Triumph!

Review & Comments

4 stars

Tales of Suspense #94 Review by (February 15, 2010)
Conclusion of a three-part story.

Tales of Suspense #94 Review by (July 23, 2012)
Review (Iron Man): A cool issue with battle scenes that lack the silliness of Iron Man skating in circles around a tunnel. And true to the Cold War era when the story was written, the Americans are the good guys devoted to protecting the innocent and the Commies are the bad guys, careless of human life in the pursuit of their goals. Sadly, the events at My Lai later in the war would put a bitter spin on this issue.

Comments (Iron Man): Half-Face returns in IRON MAN ANNUAL #4 and 10.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Tales of Suspense #94 Synopsis by T Vernon

A powerless Iron Man hears the scheme of Half-Face to have Titanium Man destroy a peaceful village so that the Americans will be blamed for the atrocity. After the villains leave, the hero manages to splice one of his wires and touch it to a generator and he receives a full charge, then heads out in pursuit of his enemies, fighting his way past Half-Face’s guards on the way. He catches up to them just as Titanium Man is wreaking havoc in the village….

Meanwhile, in America, the same mysterious figure from last issue arrives at the Stark factory in Long Island, puts the guard to sleep with gas and enters the facility….

In Vietnam, Iron Man engages his foe, dodging his deadly eye beams and rescuing villagers from the chaos. As the people despair, Half-Face makes a discovery: his wife and young son are among the villagers! And they refuse to leave their comrades to die whiel they are rescued. Iron Man concentrates his repulsor beams and destroys Titanium Man’s balance, causing the armored giant to topple off a bridge into the river below. As Iron Man turns to face the crowd, the villain whips out a disintegrator beam but Half-Face shuts him down, having decided to abandon the oppressors and take a stand for freedom!

Story #2

If This Be…MODOK!

Writer: Stan Lee. Penciler: Jack Kirby. Inker: Joe Sinnott. Colorist: ?.

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America lies helpless, about to be executed by an A.I.M. killer, when the villains are reminded that only MODOK can order the execution of a prisoner. The A.I.M. members plot to have Cap battle MODOK as a distraction while they pursue their own scheme to destroy their hated leader. Cap is delivered to the teleportation device which sends him into MODOK’s hideous presence: the A.I.M. leader is a grotesque giant head with shrunken limbs, the result of an experiment to create a living weapon, which backfired on A.I.M. when the monster used its advanced mental powers to seize control of the sinister organization. Now Cap (having recovered from the paralysis) and Agent 13 are face to face with the gruesome mastermind who unleashes his deadly mind beams against the Avenger, whose great agility enables him to avoid doom for a time. Elsewhere the A.I.M. scientists are plotting to kill MODOK; they enter his presence and, while the monster is distracted by his battle with Cap, they fire upon their leader, destroying his life-support system. They then turn their guns on Cap and Agent 13, who defeat their foes and make their way to the escape sub, where they force the villains to take them to safety. Desiring an end befitting a master supreme, the critically injured MODOK uses his mind beam to set off the emergency detonator and the A.I.M. base is destroyed in a fiery holocaust.

Gene Colan
Dan Adkins
Jack Kirby (Cover Penciler)
Joe Sinnott (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)

Plus: Half-Face, Jasper Sitwell, Titanium Man.

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