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Tales of Suspense #93: Review

Sep 1967
Stan Lee, Gene Colan

Story Name:

The Golden Gladiator and … the Giant!

Review & Comments

4 stars

Tales of Suspense #93 Review by (February 15, 2010)
What are anti-polar coveralls? Second of a three-part story.

Tales of Suspense #93 Review by (July 23, 2012)
Review (Iron Man): And here we find out that Half-Face’s greatest creation is…a remote-controlled Titanium Man. My feelings were mixed: T-Man is one of the best Iron Man villains of this period but we just saw him in issues #81-83. And how is he a “creation” of Half-Face? It’s still Boris Bullski inside, right? Did Stan forget he isn’t a robot? He’s stronger but is now operated by a box which resembles a model train transformer—that’s science for ya. And we see the return of Tony’s rocket-powered roller skates—but now their sheer silliness throws the story for a (literal) loop as Iron Man goes for a spin around a tunnel right in front of the villain who is too dumb to anticipate where his target is going to be in the next five seconds! The sole redeeming feature is the ominous ending with its lead-in to the massacre of civilians in wartime. Stay tuned.

Comments (Iron Man): First partial appearance of Jasper Sitwell. Origin of Half-Face.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Tales of Suspense #93 Synopsis by T Vernon

In a dark tunnel in the castle stronghold of the Vietnamese scientist Half-Face, Iron Man comes face-to-face with the madman’s latest creation…the Titanium Man! Thought to have drowned in the ocean in issue #83, the Russian giant was recovered and improved by Half-Face. Now Iron Man finds his repulsor rays have no effect on his foe. To buy time, Shellhead uses his jet skates to literally run rings around the tunnel, dodging the villain’s violent attacks….

Meanwhile, Half-Face watches in glee, dreaming of becoming greater than the Mandarin. His mind goes back to his earlier days: as a scientist dedicated to the Communist cause, he abandoned his wife and child to work at a remote lab on new weapons for his Red masters. But something went wrong and a chemical explosion left the lower part of his face disfigured. Ashamed to return to his family, he threw himself totally into his mission to destroy Iron Man….

Titanium Man, frustrated at his opponent’s irritating tactics, smashes the tunnel to pieces and pursues Iron Man into a large venue. The monster seizes Iron Man in his armored hands and squeezes; unable to break free, the hero pretends to succumb to the deadly force….

Meanwhile, in America, a mysterious figure arrives at the Stark factory in Long Island and asks for Tony Stark but is told Stark is out of the country. He promises to return….

As Iron Man lies on the floor feigning defeat, he hears Half-Face order Titanium Man to destroy a peaceful village so that American bombers will be blamed and world opinion turn against the United States; it will be a might propaganda victory. Iron Man, weak from the battle, realizes he must stop the attack but how…?

Story #2

Into the Jaws of…A.I.M.!

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

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Piloting a SHIELD mini-cruiser, Captain America seeks to board A.I.M.’s submarine but a weapon fired from the sub pumps gas into the cruiser, rendering Cap unconscious. Cap awakens, held fast to a magnetic plate. A.I.M. agents announce their plan to execute him and Agent 13, and she asks permission to kiss her hero goodbye. As she moves close to him, her anti-polar coveralls free Cap and he quickly defeats the agents before him. They recover Cap’s shield from the scientists who are unable to analyze it and head off to complete 13’s mission: discover who or what MODOK is. The scientists receive a message from MODOK, their creation who has become their evil leader, ordering the capture of the intruders. In the ensuing action, Cap is hit by a paralysis beam. 13 attempts to shoot MODOK but is unable to get a clear shot. She is seized and transported through the floor panel into MODOK’s presence. Captain America, thinking he has failed her as he failed Bucky, lies helpless, about to be executed by an A.I.M. agent….

Gene Colan
Frank Giacoia
Gene Colan (Cover Penciler)
Frank Giacoia (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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