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Tales of Suspense #75: Review

Mar 1966
Stan Lee, Gene Colan

Story Name:

The Fury of ... the Freak!

Review & Comments

Rating:
4 stars

Tales of Suspense #75 Review by (February 15, 2010)
* A later retcon makes Peggy Carter the aunt, rather than the sister, of Sharon Carter. The enemy organization is later revealed to have been A.I.M. (Advanced Idea Mechanics). First of a two-part story. Layouts by Jack Kirby.


Tales of Suspense #75 Review by (May 21, 2012)
Review (Iron Man): The cool tale continues but the problem is, it lacks an ending. Thanks Gene Colan and his exciting layout for making a two-issue plot stretch to two-and-a-half.

Comments (Iron Man): Penciler Gene Colan is credited as Adam Austin; inker Jack Abel as Gary Michaels.



 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Tales of Suspense #75 Synopsis by T Vernon
Iron Man catches up to the rampaging Freak (who is his friend Happy Hogan transformed by the use of the untested Enervator during surgery). Working on only a minimal charge, the hero is not strong enough to subdue his opponent—who has no trouble, or qualms, about trying to smash Iron Man to pieces—and he is reluctant to use his weaponry for fear of injuring his friend. After taking a beating and realizing that the hasty charge he received last issue will not give him the power he needs to defeat this super-strong foe, Iron Man decides to lure the Freak back to the lab where, he hopes, he can reverse the effects of the Enervator. The hero leads the way but his power quickly depletes leaving him within sight of his lab but unable to move any further. A memory awakens within the Freak and he enters the lab in search of a girl he vaguely remembers…. Inside, he comes upon Senator Byrd haranguing Pepper Potts about the irresponsible Tony Stark and bursts into the room. The Senator tries to defend Pepper but a blow sends him crashing to the floor. Cornered by the huge monster, Pepper faints. The Freak carries her to a high window where he is spotted by the Senator’s police escort. They open fire, hoping to drive the monster away from the dangerous window but instead the Freak is wounded and he drops Pepper to the street below. Iron Man musters just enough powers to use his Repulsor Rays to cushion her fall and bring her safely to the ground. The Golden Avenger enters the lab and lure his freakified friend in front of the Enervator and turns the device up to full power. There is a cost, however: the feedback from the machine causes Iron Man’s armor to heat up to uncomfortable, then dangerous, levels….

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Story #2

30 Minutes to Live!

Writer: Stan Lee. Layouts: Jack Kirby. Penciler: Dick Ayers. Inker: John Tartaglione. Colorist: ?.

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

After destroying the Sleepers, Captain America plunges into the ocean and is picked up by the crew of a US Navy vessel. In New York, a band of conspirators in a hidden sanctuary tests a microscopic amount of Inferno 42, "the most destructive element of all time" The tiny sample annihilates a model city, delighting the villains, and the only thing preventing furtherance of their sinister plans is the fact that a SHIELD agent has stolen the master cylinder of Inferno 42. At home, Steve Rogers is depressing himself with memories of Bucky, his long-lost girlfriend Peggy, and his discomfort with the new world he’s woken up in. He goes out walking restlessly through the streets and is startled to see a young woman who resembles his lost love. Steve sees her drop a cylinder-shaped package and a man pick it up for her, switching it for one in his possession. Around the corner, this man is attacked by Batroc the Leaper, a hired killer who is a master of Savate, who opens the package and finds a cheap vase. Realizing that the agent must have passed the package to the young woman, Batroc goes after her. Meanwhile, Steve tries to alert her to the package switch but she denies it, but also seems to recognize him; she dismisses it as folly since this fellow is too young to be her sister’s wartime boyfriend—Steve Rogers. Moments later, a loud noise causes Steve to switch to his Captain America outfit and pursue the girl, finding her struggling over the cylinder with Batroc. Cap battles the Gallic baddie until the latter notices that the girl is gone with the cylinder. Batroc tells Cap that the cylinder was damaged in the struggle and in only thirty minutes it will explode destroying the entire city. The complication: the young woman is an agent of SHIELD and has hidden in a secret refuge known only to the secret organization….

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Gene Colan
Jack Abel
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Gene Colan (Cover Penciler)
Jack Abel (Cover Inker)
Stan Goldberg (Cover Colorist)


Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
Pepper Potts
Pepper Potts

(Pepper Hogan)

Plus: Freak (Happy Hogan), Happy Hogan, Senator Byrd.