Part 1 of 3. The Avengers were apparently off fighting Power Man & The Swordsman during this story, as shown in THE AVENGERS #29 (June 1966). Warlord Krang plot continues from TALES TO ASTONISH #81 (July 1966), even though that issue probably came out a week or two after this one. Because of Stark's problems with the law, SHIELD was forced to seek other sources of weapons & technology, seen in STRANGE TALES #146-149 (July-October 1966).
Part 1 of 3. 1st modern-day appearance of The Red Skull. The suspended animation via experimental gas bit is a tribute to BUCK ROGERS IN THE 25TH CENTURY. The truth about Count Royale & A.I.M. was under suspicion in STRANGE TALES #146 (June 1966); as this episode exposes their true motives, it most likely came out afterwards; yet, according to the dialogue, it must be a flashback to just before it, as Count Royale is shown on his way to The Heli-Carrier, and there is no break between STRANGE TALES #146-147 (June-July-1966). 1st appearance of The Cosmic Cube.
Letters from Larry Ahokas, Steve Martinex, Earl Davis and Ronald W. Lindenboom; order blank for joining M.M.M.S.; a small illustration of Iron Man.