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Iron Man (comic book)

Iron Man

Iron Man #1 (May 1968)
Cover art by Gene Colan and Mike Esposito

PublisherMarvel Comics
FormatOngoing series
Publication date(vol. 1)
May 1968 – September 1996
(vol. 2)
November 1996 – November 1997
(vol. 3)
February 1998 – December 2004
(vol. 4)
January 2005 – January 2009
(Invincible Iron Man (vol. 1))
July 2008 – February 2011
(vol. 1) cont.)
March 2011 – December 2012
(vol. 5)
January 2013 – August 2014
Number of issues(vol. 1): 332 (#1–332)
(vol. 2): 13 (#1–13)
(vol. 3): 89 (#1–89)
(vol. 4): 35 (#1–35)
(Invincible Iron Man (vol. 1)): 33 (#1–33)
(vol. 1) cont.: 29 (#500–527 plus #500.1)
(vol. 5): 29 (#1–28 plus #20.INH)
(Superior Iron Man): 9 (#1–9)
(Invincible Iron Man (vol. 2)): 14
(vol. 4): 9 (#1–9) (as of September 2018 cover date)
Main character(s)Iron Man


  • (vol. 1)
    Archie Goodwin (1-28, 88-90), Mimi Gold (29), Allyn Brodsky (30-34, 38), Gerry Conway (35-43, 91-97), Robert Kanigher (44), Gary Friderich (45-46, 60, 70), Roy Thomas (44, 47), Mike Friedrich (48–55, 58–75, 77, 79–81), Steve Gerber (56-58), Bill Mantlo (78, 86–87, 95–115, Annual #4), David Michelinie (116-157, 215-250, Annual #9-10), Dennis O'Neil (158, 160–208), Dennis Mallonee (209), Danny Fingeroth (202, 210-214, 253), Bob Layton (116-117, 119-120, 123, 125, 127-133, 135, 137-153, 215-250, 254, 256), Randall Frenz (257), John Byrne (258–277), Len Kaminski (278-318), Terry Kavanagh (319–332)
    (vol. 2)
    Jim Lee (1-5 (w/Scott Lobdell), 7, 11-12), Jeph Loeb (7-12)
    (vol. 3)
    Kurt Busiek (1-25, Annual 1999), Roger Stern (14-25), Joe Quesada (26-35, Annual 2000, #1/2), Mike Grell (50-66), Frank Tieri (31-35, 37-49, Annual 2001), John Jackson Miller (73-85), Mark Scott Ricketts (86-89)
    (vol. 4)
    Warren Ellis (1-6), Charles Knauf
    (Invincible Iron Man(vol. 1))
    Matt Fraction
    (vol. 5)
    Kieron Gillen


  • (vol. 1)
    Gene Colan, Johnny Craig, George Tuska, John Romita Jr., Bob Layton, Paul Ryan
    (vol. 2)
    Whilce Portacio, Ed Benes, Terry Shoemaker
    (vol. 3)
    Patrick Zircher, Sean Chen, Mike Grell
    (vol. 4)
    Adi Granov, Roberto De la Torre, Carlo Pagulayan
    (Invincible Iron Man)(vol. 1))
    Salvador Larroca
    (vol. 1) cont.
    Salvador Larroca
    (vol. 5)
    Greg Land


  • (Invincible (vol. 1), (vol. 1) cont.
    Frank D'Armata

Iron Man is the name of several comic book titles featuring the character Iron Man and published by Marvel Comics, beginning with the original Iron Man series that debuted in 1968.

Publication history[edit]

Volume 1[edit]

The character made his first appearance in Tales of Suspense #39 (cover dated March 1963). After issue #99 (March 1968), the Tales of Suspense series was renamed Captain America. An Iron Man story appeared in the one-shot issue Iron Man and Sub-Mariner #1 (April 1968), before the "Golden Avenger"[1] made his solo debut with Iron Man #1 (May 1968).[2] The series' indicia gives its copyright title as Iron Man, while the trademarked cover logo of most issues is The Invincible Iron Man. Artist George Tuska began a decade-long association with the character with Iron Man #5 (Sept. 1968).[3] Writer Mike Friedrich and artist Jim Starlin's brief collaboration on the Iron Man series introduced Mentor, Starfox, and Thanos in issue #55 (Feb. 1973).[4] Friedrich scripted a metafictional story in which Iron Man visited the San Diego Comic Convention and met several Marvel Comics writers and artists.[5] He then wrote the multi-issue "War of the Super-Villains" storyline which ran through 1975.[6][7][8][9][10]

Writer David Michelinie,[11] co-plotter/inker Bob Layton, and penciler John Romita Jr. became the creative team on the series with Iron Man #116 (Nov. 1978). Micheline and Layton established Tony Stark's alcoholism with the story "Demon in a Bottle", and introduced several supporting characters, including Stark's bodyguard/girlfriend Bethany Cabe;[12] Stark's personal pilot and confidant James Rhodes, who later became the superhero War Machine;[13] and rival industrialist Justin Hammer,[14] who was revealed to be the employer of numerous high-tech armed enemies Iron Man had fought over the years. The duo also introduced the concept of Stark's specialized armors[15][16][17] as he acquired a dangerous vendetta with Doctor Doom in the "Doomquest" storyline.[18][19] The team worked together through #154 (Jan. 1982), with Michelinie writing three issues without Layton.[11]

Following Michelinie and Layton's departures, Dennis O'Neil became the new writer of the series and had Stark relapse into alcoholism. Much of O'Neil's work on this plot thread was based on experiences with alcoholics he knew personally.[20] Jim Rhodes replaced Stark as Iron Man in issue #169 (April 1983) and wore the armor for the next two years of stories.[21] O'Neil returned Tony Stark to the Iron Man identity in issue #200 (Nov. 1985).[22] Michelinie and Layton became the creative team once again in issue #215 (Feb. 1987).[11] They crafted the "Armor Wars" storyline in issues #225 (Dec. 1987)[23] to #231 (June 1988). John Byrne and John Romita Jr. produced a sequel titled "Armor Wars II" in issues #258-266 (July 1990-March 1991). The series had a crossover with the other Avengers-related titles as part of the "Operation: Galactic Storm" storyline.[24][25] This initial series ended with issue #332 (Sept. 1996).

Volume 2[edit]

Jim Lee, Scott Lobdell, and Jeph Loeb authored a second volume of the series as part of Heroes Reborn, which was drawn primarily by Whilce Portacio and Ryan Benjamin. This volume took place in a parallel universe[26] and ran 13 issues (Nov. 1996 - Nov. 1997).[27]

Volume 3[edit]

Volume 3, whose first 25 issues were written by Kurt Busiek[28] and then by Busiek and Roger Stern, ran 89 issues (Feb. 1998 - Dec. 2004). Later writers included Joe Quesada, Frank Tieri, Mike Grell, and John Jackson Miller. Issue #41 (June 2001) was additionally numbered #386, reflecting the start of dual numbering starting from the premiere issue of Volume 1 in 1968. The final issue was dual-numbered as #434.[29]

Volume 4[edit]

Main article: Iron Man (vol. 4)

The next Iron Man series, Iron Man (vol. 4), debuted in early 2005 with the Warren Ellis-written storyline "Extremis", with artist Adi Granov.[30][31] It ran 35 issues (Jan. 2005 - Jan. 2009), with the cover logo simply Iron Man, beginning with issue #13, and Iron Man: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., beginning with issue #15. On the final three issues, the cover logo was overwritten by "War Machine, Weapon of S.H.I.E.L.D.",[32] which led to the launch of a War Machine ongoing series.[33]

The Invincible Iron Man (vol. 1), by writer Matt Fraction and artist Salvador Larroca, began with a premiere issue cover dated July 2008.[34] For a seven-month overlap, Marvel published both Volume 4 and Volume 5 simultaneously.[35] This Invincible volume jumped its numbering of issues from #33 to #500, cover-dated March 2011, to reflect the start from the premiere issue of Volume 1 in 1968.

Volume 5[edit]

After the conclusion of The Invincible Iron Man (vol. 1), a new Iron Man series was started as a part of Marvel NOW!. Written by Kieron Gillen and illustrated by Greg Land, it began with issue #1 in November 2012, and ended with issue #28 in June 2014.[36] The fifth volume consists of the "Iron Metropolitan" and "Rings of the Mandarin" story arcs. The volume also revealed that Tony was adopted, and that he had a disabled half-brother named Arno.

Collected editions[edit]

Marvel Masterworks: Iron Man[edit]

Essential Iron Man[edit]

TitleMaterial collectedYearISBN
Volume 1Tales of Suspense #39-72 2000 0-7851-3464-6
Volume 2Tales of Suspense #73-99; Tales to Astonish #82; Iron Man and Sub-Mariner #1; Iron Man #1-11 2004 0-7851-1487-4
Volume 3Iron Man #12-38; Daredevil #73 2008 0-7851-2764-X
Volume 4Iron Man #39-61 2010 0-7851-4254-1
Volume 5Iron Man #62-87, Iron Man Annual #3 2013 978-0785167334

Iron Man Epic Collections[edit]

VolumeTitleMaterial collectedYearISBN
1The Golden AvengerTales of Suspense #39-72 OCT 2014 978-0785188636
2By Force of ArmsTales of Suspense #73-99; Iron Man and Sub-Mariner #1; Iron Man #1; material from Not Brand Echh #2 FEB 2017 978-1302900113
3The Man Who Killed Tony StarkIron Man #2-24 APR 2019 978-1302916305
4The Fury of FirebrandIron Man #25-46; Daredevil #73 AUG 2020 978-1302922078
10The Enemy WithinIron Man #158-177, Annual #5 SEP 2013 978-0785187875
11Duel of IronIron Man #178-195, Annual #6-7 APR 2016 978-0785195061
13Stark WarsIron Man #215-232, Annual #9 JAN 2015 978-0785192909
14Return of the GhostIron Man #233-244; Marvel Fanfare #22-23, 44; Iron Man: CrashMAR 2019 978-1302916299
15DoomIron Man #245-257, Annual #10-11, material from Captain America Annual #9 FEB 2018 978-1302910136
16War GamesIron Man #258-277 MAR 2014 978-0785185505
17War MachineIron Man #278-289, Annual #12-13; Darkhawk Annual #1; Avengers West Coast Annual #7; Marvel Holiday Special #2 APR 2020 978-1302923518
19In the Hands of EvilIron Man #310-318, War Machine #8-10; Force Works #6-7; Iron Man/Force Works Collectors' Preview #1; materiale from Marvel Comics Presents #169-172 AUG 2021 978-1302930776

Iron Man Omnibus[edit]

TitleMaterial collectedYearISBN
Iron Man Vol. 1Tales of Suspense #39-83; Tales to Astonish #82 2008 978-0-7851-3055-0
Iron Man Vol. 2Tales of Suspense #84-99; Iron Man and Sub-Mariner #1; Iron Man #1-25 2010 978-0-7851-4224-9
Iron Man by Michelinie, Layton & Romita Jr.Iron Man #115-157 2013 978-0-7851-6712-9
Avengers: The CrossingIron Man #319-325, War Machine #20-25, Avengers #390-395, Force Works #16-22, Iron Man: Time Slide, Avengers: The Crossing, Age of Innocence: The Rebirth of Iron Man2012 0785162038
Iron Man by Kurt Busiek & Sean Chen OmnibusIron Man (vol. 3) #1-25, Captain America (vol. 3) #8, Quicksilver #10, Avengers (vol. 3) #7, Iron Man/Captain America Annual 1998, Fantastic Four (vol. 3) #15, Iron Man Annual 1999, Thor (vol. 2) #17, Peter Parker, Spider-Man (vol. 2) #11, Juggernaut: The Eighth Day, Iron Man: The Iron Age #1-2 2013 978-0785168140
The Invincible Iron Man Vol. 1The Invincible Iron Man (vol. 1) #1-19 2010 978-0-7851-4295-9
The Invincible Iron Man Vol. 2The Invincible Iron Man (vol. 1) #20-33 2012 978-0-7851-4553-0
Marvel Platinum: The Definitive Iron Man
(published by Marvel and Panini UK)
Tales of Suspense #39, Iron Man #99-100, 128, 131–133, 149–150, 200, 256, Iron Man (vol. 3) #30 2008 1-9052-3985-8

Iron Man[edit]

TitleMaterial collectedYearISBN
Iron Man: Demon in a BottleIron Man #120-128 2006 0-7851-2043-2
The Many Armors of Iron ManIron Man #47, 142-144, 152-153, 200, 218 2008 0-7851-3029-2
Iron Man: DoomquestIron Man #149-150, 249-250 2008 0-7851-2834-4
Iron Man by Michelinie, Layton & Romita Jr. OmnibusIron Man #115-157 2013 978-0785167129
Iron Man: Iron MongerIron Man #193-200 2010 0-7851-4260-6
Iron Man: Armor Wars PrologueIron Man #215-224 2010 0-7851-4257-6
Iron Man: Armor WarsIron Man #225-232 2007 0-7851-2506-X
Atlantis Attacksincludes Iron Man Annual #10 2011 978-0-7851-4492-2
Acts of Vengeanceincludes Iron Man #251-252 2011 0-7851-4464-1
Iron Man: Armor Wars IIIron Man #258-266 2010 978-0-7851-4557-8
Iron Man: Armored VengeanceIron Man #258.1-258.4 2013 978-0-7851-5164-7
Iron Man: The Dragon Seed SagaIron Man #270-275 2008 0-7851-3131-0
Avengers: Galactic Storm Vol. 1Iron Man #278, Captain America #398-399, Avengers West Coast #80-81, Quasar #32-33, Wonder Man #7-8, Avengers #345-346, Thor #445 2006 0-7851-2044-0
Avengers: Galactic Storm Vol. 2Iron Man #279, Thor #446, Captain America #400-401, Avengers West Coast #82, Quasar #34-35, Wonder Man #9, Avengers #347, What If? #55-56 2006 0-7851-2045-9
Iron Man: War MachineIron Man #280-291 2008 0-7851-3132-9
Iron Man/War Machine: Hands of the MandarinIron Man #310-312, War Machine #8-10, Force Works #8-7, material from Marvel Comics Presents #167-172 2013 978-0785184287
Avengers: The CrossingIron Man #319-325, War Machine #20-25, Avengers #390-395, Force Works #16-22, Iron Man: Time Slide, Avengers: The Crossing, Age of Innocence: The Rebirth of Iron Man2012 0-7851-6203-8
Avengers/Iron Man: First SignIron Man #326-331, Captain America #449, Thor #496, Avengers #396-400 2013 0-7851-8496-1
X-Men: The Complete Onslaught Epic - Book ThreeIron Man #332, Incredible Hulk (vol. 2) #445, Avengers #402, Punisher #11, X-Man #19, Amazing Spider-Man #415, Green Goblin #12, Spider-Man #72, Fantastic Four #416, Wolverine #105 2008 0-7851-2825-5

Heroes Reborn/Heroes Return[edit]

Heroes Reborn: Iron ManIron Man (vol. 2) #1-12 2006 0-7851-2338-5
Iron Man by Kurt Busiek & Sean Chen OmnibusIron Man (vol. 3) #1-25, Captain America (vol. 3) #8, Quicksilver #10, Avengers (vol. 3) #7, Iron Man/Captain America Annual 1998, Fantastic Four (vol. 3) #15, Iron Man Annual 1999, Thor (vol. 2) #17, Peter Parker: Spider-Man (vol. 2) #11, 'Juggernaut: The Eighth Day, Iron Man: The Iron Age #1-2 2013 978-0785168140
Iron Man: Deadly SolutionsIron Man (vol. 3) #1-7 2010 0-7851-4258-4
Iron Man: Revenge of the MandarinIron Man (vol. 3) #8-15, Iron Man/Captain America Annual 1998, Fantastic Four (vol. 3) #15 2012 978-0785162605
Iron Man: The Mask in the Iron ManIron Man (vol. 3) #26-30 2001 0-7851-0776-2
Iron Man by Joe QuesadaIron Man (vol. 3) #26-32, 1/2, Annual 20002013 978-0785167365
Avengers: StandoffIron Man (vol. 3) #64, Avengers (vol. 3) #62-64, Thor (vol. 2) #58 2010 0-7851-4467-6
Avengers Disassembled: Iron ManIron Man (vol. 3) #84-89 2007 0-7851-1653-2

Iron Man (vol. 4)/Invincible Iron Man (vol. 1)[edit]

Iron Man: ExtremisIron Man (vol. 4) #1-6 2007 0-7851-2258-3
Iron Man: Execute ProgramIron Man (vol. 4) #7-12 2007 0-7851-1671-0
Civil War: Iron ManIron Man (vol. 4) #13-14, Iron Man/Captain America Special and Civil War: The Confession Special2007 0-7851-2314-8
Iron Man: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D.Iron Man (vol. 4) #15-18, Strange Tales #135 and Iron Man #129 2007 0-7851-2299-0
Hulk: World War Hulk - X-MenIron Man (vol. 4) #19-20, plus additional "World War Hulk" crossover titles 2008 0-7851-2888-3
Iron Man: HauntedIron Man (vol. 4) #21-28 and Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. Annual #1 2008 0-7851-2557-4
Iron Man: With Iron HandsIron Man (vol. 4) #29-32 and Iron Man (vol. 3) #36 2009 0-7851-2298-2
Secret Invasion: War MachineIron Man (vol. 4) #33-35 and Iron Man #144 2009 0-7851-3455-7
Invincible Iron Man: The Five NightmaresInvincible Iron Man (vol. 1) #1-7 2009 0-7851-3412-3
Invincible Iron Man: Worlds Most Wanted Book OneInvincible Iron Man (vol. 1) #8-13 2009 0-7851-3413-1
Invincible Iron Man: Worlds Most Wanted Book TwoInvincible Iron Man (vol. 1) #14-19 2010 0-7851-3685-1
Invincible Iron Man: Stark DisassembledInvincible Iron Man (vol. 1) #20-24 2010 0-7851-4554-0
Invincible Iron Man: Stark Resilient Book OneInvincible Iron Man (vol. 1) #25-28 2010 978-0-7851-4555-4
Invincible Iron Man: Stark Resilient Book TwoInvincible Iron Man (vol. 1) #29-33 2011 0-7851-4834-5
Invincible Iron Man: My MonstersInvincible Iron Man #500, 500.1, Annual #1 and material from #503 2011 0-7851-4836-1
Invincible Iron Man: The UnfixableInvincible Iron Man #501-502, material from #503, Free Comic Book Day 2010: Iron Man/Thor, and Rescue #1 2011 0-7851-5322-5
Invincible Iron Man: Fear ItselfInvincible Iron Man #504-509 and Fear Itself: Iron Man #7.3 2012 0-7851-5773-5
Invincible Iron Man: DemonInvincible Iron Man #510-515 2012 0-7851-6046-9
Invincible Iron Man: Long Way DownInvincible Iron Man #516-520 2013 978-0785160496
Invincible Iron Man: The FutureInvincible Iron Man #521-527 2013 978-0785165224

Marvel NOW![edit]

Further information: Marvel NOW!

Iron Man: BelieveIron Man (vol. 5) #1-5 2013 0-7851-6833-8
Iron Man: The Secret Origin of Tony Stark Book 1Iron Man (vol. 5) #6-11 2013 978-0785168348
Iron Man: The Secret Origin of Tony Stark Book 2Iron Man (vol. 5) #12-17 2013 978-0785168355
Iron Man: Iron MetropolitanIron Man (vol. 5) #18-20, 20.INH, 21-22 2014 978-0785189428
Iron Man: Fatal FrontierFatal Frontier Infinite Comic #1-13, Annual #1 2014 978-0785184560
Iron Man: Rings of the MandarinIron Man (vol. 5) #23-28 September 2014 978-0785154822
Original Sin: Hulk vs. Iron ManOriginal Sin: Hulk vs. Iron Man #1-4 Nov 2014 978-0785191568
Uncanny X-Men / Iron Man / Nova: No End in SightUncanny X-Men Special #1, Iron Man Special #1, Nova Special #1 Nov 2014 978-0785191056
Superior Iron Man: InfamousSuperior Iron Man #1-5 May 2015 978-0785193777
Superior Iron Man: Stark ContrastSuperior Iron Man #6-9 September 2015 978-0785193784
Armor Wars: Warzones!Secret Wars: Warzones! Armor WarsJanuary 2016 978-0785198642
Invincible Iron Man: RebootInvincible Iron Man (vol. 3) #1-5 April 2016 978-0785195207
Invincible Iron Man: The War MachinesInvincible Iron Man (vol. 3) #6-11 September 2016 978-0785195214
Invincible Iron Man: Civil War IIInvincible Iron Man (vol. 3) #12-14 February 2017 978-1302903206
International Iron ManInternational Iron Man #1-7 August 2017 978-0785199793
Infamous Iron Man Vol. 1Infamous Iron Man #1-6 June 2017 978-1302906245
Infamous Iron Man Vol. 2: The Absolution of DoomInfamous Iron Man #7-12 December 2017 978-1302906252
Invincible Iron Man: Ironheart Vol. 1 - Riri WilliamsInvincible Iron Man (vol. 4) #1-5 July 2017 978-1302906719
Invincible Iron Man: Ironheart Vol. 2 - ChoicesInvincible Iron Man (vol. 4) #6-11 January 2018 978-1302906733
Invincible Iron Man: The Search for Tony StarkIron Man #593-600 July 2018 978-1302910426



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(W) Charles Knauf, Daniel Knauf (A) Roberto De La Torre (CA) Gerald Parel

All paths have led to this: the inevitable showdown between Iron Man and the Mandarin!  
As the man behind the mask, Tony Stark's life has hit rock bottom.  His plans for the super hero Initiative have hit a tragic snag.  His former flame, believed dead, is being manipulated by one of his deadliest enemies.  Even to his strongest allies, Stark appears to be descending into a mental breakdown while everything around him swirls out of control.  Now, with the lives of millions hanging in the balance, Iron Man must fight his way out of the darkness and prevent the Mandarin from releasing a plague that would change humanity as we know it!

In Shops: Feb 20, 2008

SRP: $2.99

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Issue(s): Iron Man #26
Cover Date: Jun 70
Title: "Duel in a dark dimension!"
Archie Goodwin - Writer
Don Heck - Penciler
Johnny T. Craig - Inker

Pepper Potts has been kidnapped and the kidnapper has demanded that the Freak be given to him in exchange. We quickly learn that the kidnapper is the Collector...

...and the Collector quickly learns that Happy Hogan is the Freak, something Happy himself doesn't know.

Iron Man is unable to attack the Collector without putting Pepper's life at risk, so he resorts to bargaining, and the Collector sends him to a Dark Dimension to retrieve a solar sword. The Dimension is ruled by an evil wizard named Shar-Khan.

The bearer of the solar sword is Val-Larr.

I know i don't have any business commenting on typos, but "they'll be time to check on that"? It's actually pretty rare to find a typo in a Marvel comic so i'm pointing it out.

There's no indication that this Dark Dimension has anything to do with Dormammu's, but you can pretend that Shar-Khan is one of his regional governors or something if you like. In any event, he's clearly the bad guy, so Iron Man has a conundrum... he needs Val-Larr's sword to save Happy and Pepper but taking the sword will doom the good guys. So... what's a clever way to solve both problems at once? I know: abruptly demand the sword and then hit Val-Larr on the head and steal it.

Now, luck will save the day here. The solar sword absorbs power from the sun, and while the sun in the Dark Dimension is very weak, once the sword is back in the Collector's ship, it suddenly becomes overloaded with energy, allowing Iron Man to drag it, and the Collector, back to the Dark Dimension to chase away Shar-Khan.

But Iron Man didn't know that would happen. He starts to get an inkling that something like that might occur, but he's interrupted by the Collector before he can complete the thought...

...and anyway, that was after he betrayed Val-Larr and took the sword.

Speaking of betrayal, when Iron Man arrives back at the Collector's ship, he finds that the Collector had already turned Happy into the Freak.

Didn't think Iron Man would make it back, i guess? Ultimately, though, the Collector lets everybody go.

Poor Happy still has no idea that he's a repeat Freak.

This was on the goofy side.

Quality Rating: D+

Historical Significance Rating: 1

Chronological Placement Considerations: See the comments on Iron Man #21 and Avengers #80-82. There's really no dependencies here but i'm pushing this past Avengers #82 to catch myself back up with the Index & MCP.


Crossover: N/A

Continuity Insert? N

My Reprint: Marvel Masterworks: Invincible Iron Man vol. 7


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Iron Man (1968) #26
Iron Man (1968) #26

Iron Man and Val-Larr team up to fight their way out of the Dark Dimension. Can the two let bygones be bygones, or will their differences prove too great for teamwork and survival!

Iron Man and Val-Larr team up to fight their way out of the Dark Dimension. Can the two let bygones be bygones, or will their differences prove too great for teamwork and survival!

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Iron Man Vol 1 #26

Quote1.png As you can see, I'm rebuilding my stock anew... Quote2.png
—The Collector

Appearing in "Duel in the Dark Dimension!"

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Synopsis for "Duel in the Dark Dimension!"

Happy tells Iron Man that Pepper's abductor wants the Freak, but unwilling to tell Happy that he is the Freak. Tony knocks Happy out. When the kidnapper returns for the exchange, Iron Man invades his ship, discovering the culprit is the Collector, who in turn has learned Happy is his quarry and has snatched him too. The Collector offers to swap the Hogans for the Solar Sword, and transports Stark to the Dark Dimension. Attacked by Shadow Demons, Iron Man is rescued by Val-Larr, the Sword's wielder, who explains that it is Luminia's only hope against the spreading darkness. Iron Man attacks and takes the Solar Sword, even though Shar-Khan is attacking Luminia. He gives the sword to the Collector, who reneges on the deal and traps Iron Man too. However the abundance of solar particles in the ship overloads the sword; before it can go nova, the Collector and Iron Man return it to Val-Larr, who uses it to defeat Shar-Khan. The Collector brings the three back to Earth.

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Happy Hogan in the clutches of the Collector! And Iron Man can only save him by capturing — the Solar Sword!


  • This issue contains a letters page, "Sock it to Shell-Head". Letters are published from: Kim Falk, Karl Pendleton, Steve Orr, Robert L. Ackermann, Sandra Chaney & David Johnston, Nils Osmar, and W.R. Vinson.

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