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Appearing in "The Death of Tony Stark!"Edit
- United States of America
- People's Republic of China
Synopsis for "The Death of Tony Stark!"Edit
One moth after Tony Stark's apparent disappearance, Pepper Potts and Happy Hogan leave Iron Man their resignations because they suspected him to be the one responsible. When they're leaving the plant, they are approached by Inspector Flint, the officer in charge of the case. At the police headquarters, he interrogates Potts and Hogan. A reporter who happened to be in the building hears the conversation, which leads to a media breakout on Stark's disapperance.
In his laboratory at his estate, Tony Stark is still encased inside his Iron Man armor, searching for a way to remove his suit without causing his heart to stop beating, and he dares not reveal his secret identity to the world fearing his enemies could attack his factories in revenge, and endanger the lives of his thousands of employees.
The very next day, Happy decides to sneak into Tony's estate, hoping to find clues in the mansion he believes is now abandoned. While in his room, Tony notices him with no time to run, so he barely manages to slip into his bed and cover himself in bed sheets before Happy enters through the window. When Pepper arrives to the mansion after being informed by Happy, Tony claims that a doctor had ordered him to remain in bed, and he had pretended he was in a trip so not to worry anybody. As Happy and Pepper leave the estate after being ganged up on by the press, because the news of Stark's whereabouts spread like wildfire, they agree that the entire situation still feels odd, and Pepper even theorizes that maybe Stark is actually a prisoner of Iron Man.
Meanwhile, high up in the sky, a mysterious satellite, that when examined by the Americans and the Soviets they think it belongs to each other, is being controlled remotely by the Mandarin in his castle. Once it is in position, the villain releases a powerful energy beam from the device that annihilates Tony Stark's mansion, with Iron Man managing to escape in the last second, having been alerted by the armor's sensors.
Pepper and Happy hurry back to the Stark's estate, and find that while Stark is seemingly dead, Iron Man is completely fine. Pepper goes to Inspector Flint, blaming Iron Man for Stark's death. However, because of the oddity of what was used to destroy the mansion, the case is now in the government's hands. In the shore of Long Island, Happy grieves the loss of his boss, even if his death meant Happy could have an opportunity with Pepper.
In his laboratory, Iron Man analyses the tracks down the perpetrator of the crime, the Mandarin. The Mandarin gets ready for the inevitable moment when Iron Man confronts him, and Stark himself flies disguised in an airplane in order to get to China, pulling the emergency door mid-flight and jumping.
Once Iron Man reaches the perimeter of Mandarin's castle, the villain uses powerful beam to trap and pull him to the rocks in the ground. While Tony breaks the fall using his repulsors, the Mandarin uses hypnotic flashes of light to weaken his foe, so he could be finished off by a giant humanoid robot named Koto. The robot brings the unconscious Iron Man to his master, and the Mandarin ties him to a wheel that would spin him to his death with the press of a button. However, before the death of his enemy, the Mandarin decides to delight him with a story, his origin story.
Appearing in "The Strength of the Sumo!"Edit
- Sumo (General Wo) (First appearance)
- Viet Cong soldiers
- a MIG (a Soviet plane)
Synopsis for "The Strength of the Sumo!"Edit
Captain America has traveled to Vietnam and launches a lone attack on an army of Viet Cong troops. After fighting armed guards to a standstill, Captain America tells the commanding officer that he is seeking to barter for the release of an American helicopter pilot that was captured.
After fighting off the majors two best men, Captain America is taken into the city where he is reunited with the pilot, named Jim Baker, whose brother helped Cap at an E.T.O. back in WWII. But this turns out to be a bit of a trap, as the major summons his general, a giant by the name of Sumo who matches his strength against Captain America.
After a quick battle, Captain America manages to defeat Sumo and he and Jim manage to escape the palace and steal a plane to fly back to the United States in.
- This issue contains a one page pin-up, "The Golden Avenger: Iron Man" a "Marvel Masterwork Pin-Up".
- Captain America story is reprinted in Captain America (Pocket Books), Giant-Size Captain America #1, and Essential Captain America #1.
- Iron Man last appeared in X-Men #9; He appears next in Tales of Suspense #62 (next issue).
- The Mandarin last appeared in Tales of Suspense #55; He appears next in Tales of Suspense #62 (Next Issue).
- General Wo will appear next in Captain America #412.
- "Mails of Suspense" letters page includes letters from: Robert Lyle, Varian Waller, Jerry W. Pritchett, Pete Von Sholly, Jim Tapson, and George King.
- This issue also contains "The Mighty Marvel Checklist" and "A Bunch of Memos from the Ol' Bullpen" between pages 4 and 5.
- In this issue, Captain America goes to war torn Vietnam to rescue a friend. He will have no other involvement with the police action in Vietnam with the exception of a brief return in Captain America #125.
- This issue is reprinted in other comics and books, see references for more info.
- No trivia.
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