Tales of Suspense #78 [Regular Edition]
(June 1966)

Marvel, 1959 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.12 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
monthly
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Vista Publications, Inc.
Brand
Marvel Comics Group [under character box]
Editing
Stan Lee
Color
color
Dimensions
standard Silver Age U.S.
Paper Stock
glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

This issue has variants.


Crescendo! (Table of Contents: 1)

Iron Man / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Gene Colan (co-plot); Stan Lee (co-plot, dialogue)
Pencils
Gene Colan
Inks
Jack Abel [as Gary Michaels]
Colors
?
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
superhero
Characters
Iron Man [Tony Stark]; Ultimo; Mandarin; Senator Harrington Byrd
Synopsis
Iron Man defeats Ultimo by tricking the monstrous android into setting off a long-dormant volcano! The Mandarin believes Tony Stark is dead, and vows Ultimo will live again. Shellhead steals a Commie jet and narrowly avoids getting shot down by US fighters. But on returning home, he discovers to his horror that Senator Byrd has not taken his failure to show at the sub-committee investigation lightly. Not only has Stark Industries been closed down, but there is also a warrant out for Tony Stark's arrest!
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Indexer Notes

Part 3 of 3. The Mandarin would return 7 months later in TALES OF SUSPENSE #84 (December 1966); Ultimo would eventually return in IRON MAN #69 (August 1974), though his true origins would not be revealed until IRON MAN #23-25 (December 1999-February 2000).

Them! (Table of Contents: 2)

Captain America / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Jack Kirby (plot); Stan Lee (co-plot, dialogue)
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Frank Giacoia
Colors
?
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
superhero
Characters
Captain America [Steve Rogers]; Nick Fury; THEM (secretly A.I.M., really a division of HYDRA)
Synopsis
While Cap is in the middle of training, Nick Fury turns up looking for info on a secret organization known as "THEM". A strange flying craft lands outside Avengers Mansion, and a chemical android attacks. In a remote lab, members of "THEM" observe by remote camera, while watching over a "battalion" of androids growing like plants in a glass-enclosed hydroponic garden, due to experiments with D.N.A. Cap and Fury barely manage to stop the android. Fury tells Cap it's SHIELD's job, and to stay out of it. But he gives Cap a SHIELD "Priority A-1" badge to make getting in touch easier in the future.
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Indexer Notes

Part 1 of 5. 2nd-ever meeting of Cap and Fury, following the story in SGT. FURY #13 (December 1964). 1st on-camera appearance of "THEM", following mentions in STRANGE TALES #142-143 & 145 (March-April, June 1966). The hooded outfits worn by the evil scientists appear inspired by the ones worn in the 1st James Bond film, DR. NO (1962). Identity of "The Imperator" would not be revealed until STRANGE TALES #156 (May 1967). Cap and Fury team-up to battle mysterious invaders in the flashback in STRANGE TALES #160-161 (September-October 1967), apparently shortly after this episode. Meanwhile, this story continues directly into STRANGE TALES #146 (July 1966), while "THEM" also continue to appear (peripherally) in the next several issues of TALES OF SUSPENSE. The android-growing tanks appear to pay tribute to THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD (1951). Thanks to Jack Kirby, D.N.A. experiments would play a large part in SUPERMAN'S PAL, JIMMY OLSEN #133-148 (November 1970-April 1972). The "flying shock rollers" are identical to the ones used by Obi-Wan Kenobi to train Luke Skywalker in the film STAR WARS (1977)!

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 3)

Mails of Suspense / letters page / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
Typeset

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Indexer Notes

Letters from Mark Campbell, Gene Brown, John Bemus, Paul Gurian and Stephen McMichael; next issue blurb; order blank for joining M.M.M.S.

Editing
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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Them!
    Captain America
  2. 1. Crescendo!
    Iron Man
  3. 2. Them!
    Captain America
  4. 3. [no title indexed]
    Mails of Suspense
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