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Marvel Fanfare #23: Review

Nov 1985
Roger McKenzie, Ken Steacy

Story Name:

From the Ashes

Review & Comments

3.5 stars

Marvel Fanfare #23 Review by (October 23, 2020)
Comments: Issue features a wraparound cover. Part two of two parts. According to the Marvel Chronology Project, this two-part story falls between IRON MAN #129 and 130. Ken Steacy has another Iron Man issue in MARVEL FANFARE #44.

Review: The first issue was a big fight scene; all the plotting was saved for part two: here we find Tony brooding, a Grand Jury investigating, the consumer advocate threatening, and a totally unnecessary appearance by Daredevil and Turk (who tells DD and Shellhead nothing, not even a false lead). I think Ken Steacy’s painted art still comes off as a little too dark and unrealistic for Iron Man and a bit too cartoonish. Overall an okay but not particularly good issue.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Marvel Fanfare #23 Synopsis by T Vernon
After his defeat by Doctor Octopus (last issue), Tony Stark is brooding and toasting the damaged Iron Man armor (with ginger ale). As the news reports on Doc Ock’s prison escape and the Grand Jury investigation of Stark International, he repairs and improves the armor. After a quick flight test of the new armor, Tony stops by a board meeting to tell them to stay the course then he races to court where the motion to end the work stoppage is denied. Then he stops by the hospital to visit the injured Cherry Wood and make a date with her after she is released….

That night, shady Turk Barrett is lured into a trap by Daredevil who questions him, then lets him go…straight into he arms of Iron Man who wants to know where Doc Ock is, dangling him in front of a train for emphasis. Turk doesn’t know. After Shellhead leaves, Doc Ock grabs him….

The following night, Tony is at a fine restaurant with Cherry, when Doc Ock comes in, disguised as a waiter and has his extra set of arms carry her off. Tony rings Avengers Mansion to ask for help but hangs up abruptly, confusing Jarvis…. [Vision and Scarlet Witch have cameos in this bit.]

Iron Man traces the villain to a Con Ed electrical station where he tries to rescue Cherry and has a tough time against the adamantium tentacles. Cherry is able to pop one of his energy pods onto the tentacles and they short out. Shellhead dons the adamantium arms, reactivates them and takes down Doctor Octopus with his own weapon….

Charges are dropped against Stark and Tony goes on a second, better dinner date with Cherry….

There are more Pin-Ups by Steacy:-

Full-page portraits of Cloak and Dagger, Guardian (Alpha Flight), Doctor Strange, Power Pack, Storm, Deathlok

Ken Steacy
Ken Steacy
Ken Steacy
Ken Steacy (Cover Penciler)
Ken Steacy (Cover Inker)
Ken Steacy (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Ken Steacy.
Editor: Al Milgrom. Editor-in-chief: Jim Shooter.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Matt Murdock)
Doctor Octopus
Doctor Octopus

(Otto Octavius)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)

(Edwin Jarvis)
Scarlet Witch
Scarlet Witch

(Wanda Maximoff)

Plus: Turk Barrett.

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