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Tales of Suspense #99: Review

Mar 1968
Archie Goodwin, Gene Colan

Story Name:

At the Mercy of the Maggia

Review & Comments

4 stars

Tales of Suspense #99 Review by (February 15, 2010)
Last issue under this title; renamed CAPTAIN AMERICA with issue #100. Third of a four-part story; story concludes in issue #100. The image of Baron Zemo on page 8, panel 2 was used for his Marvel Value Stamp.

Tales of Suspense #99 Review by (August 14, 2012)
Review (Iron Man): The story of a helpless hero facing insurmountable odds continues, with Jasper Sitwell revealing himself to be a real James Bond beneath the Jimmy Olsen exterior. The action never stops with the climactic addition of A.I.M. making an epic final touch.

Comments (Iron Man): Story continues in IRON MAN AND SUB-MARINER #1. The A.I.M. craft is fleeing the battle with Captain America seen in issues #92-94.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Tales of Suspense #99 Synopsis by T Vernon

Iron Man is now drained of power and at the mercy of the deadly Maggia enforcer Whiplash. He has but one recourse: his emergency booster supply, designed to keep his heart beating in the event of a systems failure. He diverts the power to his repulsor rays and lets loose a blast knocking out his foe. The hero then collapses to the floor….

Jasper Sitwell is on the trail of Morgan Stark, though he finds himself thinking of the dark-haired mystery woman from the plant. Nick Fury interrupts his monologue (yes, Jasper was talking out loud the whole time) with the report that Morgan Stark and some Maggia hoods have been spotted at Kennedy Airport, preparing to leave the country. Jasper speeds to the scene, and, racing into the terminal, he quickly dispatches the thugs with SHIELD martial arts tactics and forces Morgan Stark to reveal where he took the helpless Iron Man. In a short while, Jasper is boarding the luxurious gambling ship which serves as the cover for the Maggia’s submarine headquarters. Down blow, Whiplash has awakened and is eager to destroy Iron Man once and for all—but he is stopped by the Big M, who would rather learn the secrets of the hero’s armor and orders the enforcer to deliver him to the lab. There, the Golden Avenger is affixed to a magnetic table and a laser is activated to cut through Iron Man’s helmet. Tony awakens—just as a massive explosion rocks the ship. A.I.M. agents, seeking refuge from Captain America, have discovered Iron Man’s presence aboard the Maggia sub and are attacking in their own vessel. They fire again, splitting the hull. The Big M and henchmen flee, leaving the powerless Iron Man held fast to the magnetic table, as the waters rush in, filling the lab….

This story continues in IRON MAN & SUB-MARINER #1.

Story #2

The Man Who Lived Twice!

Writer: Stan Lee. Penciler: Jack Kirby. Inker: Syd Shores. Colorist: ?.

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America and the Black Panther are brought out of the lion pit by Baron Zemo’s men and resist capture, fighting through a cadre of soldiers before they are subdued by a hypno-light missile. They awaken as prisoners of Zemo, unable to fight, due to the disorientation caused by the hypno-light. Zemo explains his mad scheme to use the orbiting death ray to enslave the world; all he is waiting for is the arrival of the spy Irma Kruhl with a list of US nuclear bases to use for targets. Though still groggy from the earlier hypno-light, Cap and the Panther try again to leap into battle but a paralyzer pistol takes them down again. Irma Kruhl (actually SHIELD Agent 13 in disguise) arrives with the information desired by Zemo. As a test of her loyalty, Baron Zemo hands her a pistol and demands that she execute Captain America and the Black Panther….

Gene Colan
Johnny Craig
Gene Colan (Cover Penciler)
Frank Giacoia (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Black Panther
Black Panther

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)

Plus: Jasper Sitwell, Maggia, Morgan Stark, Whitney Frost.

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