Tales of Suspense #81 [Regular Edition]
(September 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.


The Return of the Titanium Man! (Table of Contents)

Iron Man / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Gene Colan
Inks
Jack Abel
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Sam Rosen

Genre
superhero
Characters
Iron Man [Tony Stark]; Titanium Man [Boris Bullski]
Reprints

The Return of the Titanium Man! (Table of Contents: 1)

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

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Gene Colan
Inks
Jack Abel [as Gary Michaels]
Colors
?
Letters
Sam Rosen

Genre
superhero
Characters
Iron Man [Tony Stark]; Senator Harrington Byrd; Titanium Man [Boris Bullski]
Synopsis
Tony Stark, as Iron Man, flies to Washington to attend his court hearing with Senator Byrd. Meanwhile, in an unnamed Communist Bloc country, an improved Titanium Man undergoes a final test before being launched by rocket, coincidentally, also towards Washington. An air force jet intercepts the giant rocket and fires a warning shot. Titanium Man rips his way out of the rocket and is immediately confronted by Iron Man.
Reprints
Keywords
Washington D.C.

Capricious Commentaries, Carefully Cooked-Up to Confuse and Confound You! (Table of Contents: 2) (Expand) /

Marvel Bullpen Bulletins / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

The Red Skull Supreme! (Table of Contents: 3)

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

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Red Skull [Johann Schmidt]; Captain America [Steve Rogers]
Synopsis
Cap fights a seemingly-hopeless battle against The Skull, who, armed with The Cosmic Cube, can do anything he wishes merely by thinking it! The Skull envisions instantly making everyone on the planet his slaves, turning every able-bodied man into a fighting machine, creating "new, invincible weapons...in endless number, with matchless power," and eventually leaving Earth to create an intergalactic empire, extending to "the furthest reaches of space." Cap only turns the tables by pretending to grovel and becoming the Skull's servant. Mad with power, The Skull envisions a new group of "knights of the round table," and fashions a suit of armor made of solid gold. At which point Cap wrestles with him, trying to knock the Cube from his grip. At his thought, the island they're on breaks up and sinks into the ocean. Cap knocks the Cube into the water, and The Skull dives in after it before he realizes what he's done, as the weight of the armor drags him down to the bottom. The Cube becomes buried in the deep, as Cap hopes it will be lost forever.
Reprints
Keywords
Cosmic Cube

Indexer Notes

Part 3 of 3. The Red Skull would return in TALES OF SUSPENSE (Marvel, 1959 series) #89 (May 1967). Synopsis, notes, and other corrections submitted by Henry Kujawa via the GCD Errors list (August 2007).

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 4)

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

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
Typeset

Reprints

Indexer Notes

Letters from Bruce Long, Mark Taylor, Gary McCullough and Dave Harrer; next issue blurb; order blank for joining M.M.M.S.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Return of the Titanium Man!
    Iron Man
  2. 1. The Return of the Titanium Man!
    Iron Man
  3. 2. Capricious Commentaries, Carefully Cooked-Up to Confuse and Confound You!
    Marvel Bullpen Bulletins
  4. 3. The Red Skull Supreme!
    Captain America
  5. 4. [no title indexed]
    Mails of Suspense
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Derek Reinhard
  • Nick Caputo
  • David Bruce
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Ramon Schenk
  • Chris Boyko
  • Steve Dasinger
  • James Ludwig
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Klein
  • Martin O'Hearn
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Robert Wood
  • Ramon Schenk
  • Henry R. Kujawa