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Invincible Iron Man #37: Review

Feb 2001
Frank Tieri, Alitha Martinez

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Remote Control [Part 1]

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4 stars

Invincible Iron Man #37 Review by (July 17, 2020)
Comments: First appearance of Tiberius Stone. Tony’s other guesses as to who beat him in the rankings are Bill Gates and Norman Osborn; Donald Trump is mentioned later in the issue; Kingpin and Emma Frost can also be spotted at the party. News reporter Trish Tilby is a fixture from various X-Men comics, girlfriend of Beast/Hank McCoy. Whiplash tried to kill Iron Man in issues #26-28. Dreamvision is one word in this issue but two words on all subsequent appearances. Movie and TV shows mentioned are THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY, SEINFELD, THE X-FILES. And in keeping with the television theme, the creators are credited by the names of television characters e.g. writer Frank Tieri is The Fonz (from HAPPY DAYS), penciler Alitha Martinez is Lucy Ricardo (I LOVE LUCY), etc. with editor-in-chief Joe Quesada as Meathead (ALL IN THE FAMILY).

Review: Tony Stark in a gunfight? Iron Man adventuring in the woods? A sexy interlude with Pepper and Happy? And the rest of the issue is a classy party, with a soap opera ending? Okay by me. Some offbeat scenes to bookend the main story, which is Tony’s reunion with his beloved childhood/teenage/college best friend (whom we’re hearing about for the first time but give the writers a break). And come on, we know he’s the bad guy, simply because he has to be. Meanwhile, I’m wondering what’s up between Hank and Janet? And will Tony actually get back to Sebastian Shaw about joining the “Club”? Stay tuned.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Invincible Iron Man #37 Synopsis by T Vernon
Tony Stark is crouched behind a car on a city street, being shot at by enemies and returning fire when he can. He ponders the events leading up to his situation….

Iron Man was in the woods testing his new teleportation technology and getting somewhat banged up. He was just getting the hang of it when Pepper Potts called to tell him Fortune had just released their list of the 100 wealthiest men in America and he was number 2; number one turns out to be Tiberius Stone, media magnate and Tony’s childhood friend and constant competitor. When Ty’s parents died, he and Tony grew even closer but soon Ty went to Europe and Tony lost touch with him; now he’s back…and Iron Man is blasted by two big guys in blue armor. He hangs up on Pepper who is having a romantic interlude with Happy Hogan and they agree that to make a go of marriage again they will have to leave Stark’s employ…. Meanwhile, Shellhead is battling some pretty advanced armor tech that Jocasta can’t identify; Iron Man leads their heat-seeking missile back at them and unmasks them but one hits Tony’s teleportation trigger and Iron Man is suddenly miles away and by the time he gets back the bad guys are gone….

Later, Tony goes to Tiberius Stone’s big party, covered by reporter Trish Tilby, while wondering why he couldn’t get in touch with Rumiko Fujikawa. He meets Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne who seem to be having some friction between them, Sebastian Shaw, Norman Osborn, Warren Worthington, and Rumiko. He takes her aside and learns that she is angry with him for deserting her one too many times and tells him they’re through. Tony encounters Ty Stone and his oddly familiar bodyguard (it’s Radioactive Man, as we learn next issue); they talk business with Ty wanting to consult Tony about acquiring Donahue Development, whose owner Trevor Donahue may have been the bad guy who hired Whiplash to kill Iron Man (but Ty doesn’t know this). Ty also introduces Milo Stevens who manages Ty’s media empire. The festivities begin when Ty unveils his new product: Dreamvision, a new virtual reality device that will make programming seem perfectly real. Tony is impressed….

Later that evening, Tony goes over to Rumiko’s apartment to apologize…and finds her in bed with Ty Stone….

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Alitha Martinez
Rob Hunter
Steve Oliff
Alitha Martinez (Cover Penciler)
? (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Richard Starkings.
Editor: Bobbie Chase. Editor-in-chief: Joe Quesada.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Warren Worthington III)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
Janet Van Dyne
Janet Van Dyne

(Janet Pym)
Pepper Potts
Pepper Potts

(Pepper Hogan)

Plus: Jocasta (Jocasta Pym), Norman Osborn, Radioactive Man, Rumiko Fujikawa, Sebastian Shaw, Tiberius Stone, Trish Tilby.

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