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Iron Man (comic book)
Iron Man #1 (May 1968)
|Publication date||(vol. 1)|
May 1968 – September 1996
November 1996 – November 1997
February 1998 – December 2004
January 2005 – January 2009
(Invincible Iron Man (vol. 1))
July 2008 – February 2011
(vol. 1) cont.)
March 2011 – December 2012
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|
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.
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" made his solo debut with Iron Man #1 (May 1968). 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). 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). Friedrich scripted a metafictional story in which Iron Man visited the San Diego Comic Convention and met several Marvel Comics writers and artists. He then wrote the multi-issue "War of the Super-Villains" storyline which ran through 1975.
Writer David Michelinie, 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; Stark's personal pilot and confidant James Rhodes, who later became the superhero War Machine; and rival industrialist Justin Hammer, 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 as he acquired a dangerous vendetta with Doctor Doom in the "Doomquest" storyline. The team worked together through #154 (Jan. 1982), with Michelinie writing three issues without Layton.
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. Jim Rhodes replaced Stark as Iron Man in issue #169 (April 1983) and wore the armor for the next two years of stories. O'Neil returned Tony Stark to the Iron Man identity in issue #200 (Nov. 1985). Michelinie and Layton became the creative team once again in issue #215 (Feb. 1987). They crafted the "Armor Wars" storyline in issues #225 (Dec. 1987) 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. This initial series ended with issue #332 (Sept. 1996).
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 and ran 13 issues (Nov. 1996 - Nov. 1997).
Volume 3, whose first 25 issues were written by Kurt Busiek 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.
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. 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.", which led to the launch of a War Machine ongoing series.
The Invincible Iron Man (vol. 1), by writer Matt Fraction and artist Salvador Larroca, began with a premiere issue cover dated July 2008. For a seven-month overlap, Marvel published both Volume 4 and Volume 5 simultaneously. 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.
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. 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.
Marvel Masterworks: Iron Man
Essential Iron Man
|Volume 1||Tales of Suspense #39-72||2000||0-7851-3464-6|
|Volume 2||Tales of Suspense #73-99; Tales to Astonish #82; Iron Man and Sub-Mariner #1; Iron Man #1-11||2004||0-7851-1487-4|
|Volume 3||Iron Man #12-38; Daredevil #73||2008||0-7851-2764-X|
|Volume 4||Iron Man #39-61||2010||0-7851-4254-1|
|Volume 5||Iron Man #62-87, Iron Man Annual #3||2013||978-0785167334|
Iron Man Epic Collections
|1||The Golden Avenger||Tales of Suspense #39-72||OCT 2014||978-0785188636|
|2||By Force of Arms||Tales of Suspense #73-99; Iron Man and Sub-Mariner #1; Iron Man #1; material from Not Brand Echh #2||FEB 2017||978-1302900113|
|3||The Man Who Killed Tony Stark||Iron Man #2-24||APR 2019||978-1302916305|
|4||The Fury of Firebrand||Iron Man #25-46; Daredevil #73||AUG 2020||978-1302922078|
|10||The Enemy Within||Iron Man #158-177, Annual #5||SEP 2013||978-0785187875|
|11||Duel of Iron||Iron Man #178-195, Annual #6-7||APR 2016||978-0785195061|
|13||Stark Wars||Iron Man #215-232, Annual #9||JAN 2015||978-0785192909|
|14||Return of the Ghost||Iron Man #233-244; Marvel Fanfare #22-23, 44; Iron Man: Crash||MAR 2019||978-1302916299|
|15||Doom||Iron Man #245-257, Annual #10-11, material from Captain America Annual #9||FEB 2018||978-1302910136|
|16||War Games||Iron Man #258-277||MAR 2014||978-0785185505|
|17||War Machine||Iron Man #278-289, Annual #12-13; Darkhawk Annual #1; Avengers West Coast Annual #7; Marvel Holiday Special #2||APR 2020||978-1302923518|
|19||In the Hands of Evil||Iron 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
|Iron Man Vol. 1||Tales of Suspense #39-83; Tales to Astonish #82||2008||978-0-7851-3055-0|
|Iron Man Vol. 2||Tales 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 Crossing||Iron 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 Man||2012||0785162038|
|Iron Man by Kurt Busiek & Sean Chen Omnibus||Iron 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. 1||The Invincible Iron Man (vol. 1) #1-19||2010||978-0-7851-4295-9|
|The Invincible Iron Man Vol. 2||The 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: Demon in a Bottle||Iron Man #120-128||2006||0-7851-2043-2|
|The Many Armors of Iron Man||Iron Man #47, 142-144, 152-153, 200, 218||2008||0-7851-3029-2|
|Iron Man: Doomquest||Iron Man #149-150, 249-250||2008||0-7851-2834-4|
|Iron Man by Michelinie, Layton & Romita Jr. Omnibus||Iron Man #115-157||2013||978-0785167129|
|Iron Man: Iron Monger||Iron Man #193-200||2010||0-7851-4260-6|
|Iron Man: Armor Wars Prologue||Iron Man #215-224||2010||0-7851-4257-6|
|Iron Man: Armor Wars||Iron Man #225-232||2007||0-7851-2506-X|
|Atlantis Attacks||includes Iron Man Annual #10||2011||978-0-7851-4492-2|
|Acts of Vengeance||includes Iron Man #251-252||2011||0-7851-4464-1|
|Iron Man: Armor Wars II||Iron Man #258-266||2010||978-0-7851-4557-8|
|Iron Man: Armored Vengeance||Iron Man #258.1-258.4||2013||978-0-7851-5164-7|
|Iron Man: The Dragon Seed Saga||Iron Man #270-275||2008||0-7851-3131-0|
|Avengers: Galactic Storm Vol. 1||Iron 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. 2||Iron 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 Machine||Iron Man #280-291||2008||0-7851-3132-9|
|Iron Man/War Machine: Hands of the Mandarin||Iron Man #310-312, War Machine #8-10, Force Works #8-7, material from Marvel Comics Presents #167-172||2013||978-0785184287|
|Avengers: The Crossing||Iron 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 Man||2012||0-7851-6203-8|
|Avengers/Iron Man: First Sign||Iron Man #326-331, Captain America #449, Thor #496, Avengers #396-400||2013||0-7851-8496-1|
|X-Men: The Complete Onslaught Epic - Book Three||Iron 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
|Heroes Reborn: Iron Man||Iron Man (vol. 2) #1-12||2006||0-7851-2338-5|
|Iron Man by Kurt Busiek & Sean Chen Omnibus||Iron 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 Solutions||Iron Man (vol. 3) #1-7||2010||0-7851-4258-4|
|Iron Man: Revenge of the Mandarin||Iron 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 Man||Iron Man (vol. 3) #26-30||2001||0-7851-0776-2|
|Iron Man by Joe Quesada||Iron Man (vol. 3) #26-32, 1/2, Annual 2000||2013||978-0785167365|
|Avengers: Standoff||Iron Man (vol. 3) #64, Avengers (vol. 3) #62-64, Thor (vol. 2) #58||2010||0-7851-4467-6|
|Avengers Disassembled: Iron Man||Iron Man (vol. 3) #84-89||2007||0-7851-1653-2|
Iron Man (vol. 4)/Invincible Iron Man (vol. 1)
|Iron Man: Extremis||Iron Man (vol. 4) #1-6||2007||0-7851-2258-3|
|Iron Man: Execute Program||Iron Man (vol. 4) #7-12||2007||0-7851-1671-0|
|Civil War: Iron Man||Iron Man (vol. 4) #13-14, Iron Man/Captain America Special and Civil War: The Confession Special||2007||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-Men||Iron Man (vol. 4) #19-20, plus additional "World War Hulk" crossover titles||2008||0-7851-2888-3|
|Iron Man: Haunted||Iron 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 Hands||Iron Man (vol. 4) #29-32 and Iron Man (vol. 3) #36||2009||0-7851-2298-2|
|Secret Invasion: War Machine||Iron Man (vol. 4) #33-35 and Iron Man #144||2009||0-7851-3455-7|
|Invincible Iron Man: The Five Nightmares||Invincible Iron Man (vol. 1) #1-7||2009||0-7851-3412-3|
|Invincible Iron Man: Worlds Most Wanted Book One||Invincible Iron Man (vol. 1) #8-13||2009||0-7851-3413-1|
|Invincible Iron Man: Worlds Most Wanted Book Two||Invincible Iron Man (vol. 1) #14-19||2010||0-7851-3685-1|
|Invincible Iron Man: Stark Disassembled||Invincible Iron Man (vol. 1) #20-24||2010||0-7851-4554-0|
|Invincible Iron Man: Stark Resilient Book One||Invincible Iron Man (vol. 1) #25-28||2010||978-0-7851-4555-4|
|Invincible Iron Man: Stark Resilient Book Two||Invincible Iron Man (vol. 1) #29-33||2011||0-7851-4834-5|
|Invincible Iron Man: My Monsters||Invincible Iron Man #500, 500.1, Annual #1 and material from #503||2011||0-7851-4836-1|
|Invincible Iron Man: The Unfixable||Invincible 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 Itself||Invincible Iron Man #504-509 and Fear Itself: Iron Man #7.3||2012||0-7851-5773-5|
|Invincible Iron Man: Demon||Invincible Iron Man #510-515||2012||0-7851-6046-9|
|Invincible Iron Man: Long Way Down||Invincible Iron Man #516-520||2013||978-0785160496|
|Invincible Iron Man: The Future||Invincible Iron Man #521-527||2013||978-0785165224|
Further information: Marvel NOW!
|Iron Man: Believe||Iron Man (vol. 5) #1-5||2013||0-7851-6833-8|
|Iron Man: The Secret Origin of Tony Stark Book 1||Iron Man (vol. 5) #6-11||2013||978-0785168348|
|Iron Man: The Secret Origin of Tony Stark Book 2||Iron Man (vol. 5) #12-17||2013||978-0785168355|
|Iron Man: Iron Metropolitan||Iron Man (vol. 5) #18-20, 20.INH, 21-22||2014||978-0785189428|
|Iron Man: Fatal Frontier||Fatal Frontier Infinite Comic #1-13, Annual #1||2014||978-0785184560|
|Iron Man: Rings of the Mandarin||Iron Man (vol. 5) #23-28||September 2014||978-0785154822|
|Original Sin: Hulk vs. Iron Man||Original Sin: Hulk vs. Iron Man #1-4||Nov 2014||978-0785191568|
|Uncanny X-Men / Iron Man / Nova: No End in Sight||Uncanny X-Men Special #1, Iron Man Special #1, Nova Special #1||Nov 2014||978-0785191056|
|Superior Iron Man: Infamous||Superior Iron Man #1-5||May 2015||978-0785193777|
|Superior Iron Man: Stark Contrast||Superior Iron Man #6-9||September 2015||978-0785193784|
|Armor Wars: Warzones!||Secret Wars: Warzones! Armor Wars||January 2016||978-0785198642|
|Invincible Iron Man: Reboot||Invincible Iron Man (vol. 3) #1-5||April 2016||978-0785195207|
|Invincible Iron Man: The War Machines||Invincible Iron Man (vol. 3) #6-11||September 2016||978-0785195214|
|Invincible Iron Man: Civil War II||Invincible Iron Man (vol. 3) #12-14||February 2017||978-1302903206|
|International Iron Man||International Iron Man #1-7||August 2017||978-0785199793|
|Infamous Iron Man Vol. 1||Infamous Iron Man #1-6||June 2017||978-1302906245|
|Infamous Iron Man Vol. 2: The Absolution of Doom||Infamous Iron Man #7-12||December 2017||978-1302906252|
|Invincible Iron Man: Ironheart Vol. 1 - Riri Williams||Invincible Iron Man (vol. 4) #1-5||July 2017||978-1302906719|
|Invincible Iron Man: Ironheart Vol. 2 - Choices||Invincible Iron Man (vol. 4) #6-11||January 2018||978-1302906733|
|Invincible Iron Man: The Search for Tony Stark||Iron Man #593-600||July 2018||978-1302910426|
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(W) Charles Knauf, Daniel Knauf (A) Roberto De La Torre (CA) Gerald ParelWritten by DANIEL KNAUF & CHARLES KNAUF
Penciled by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE
Cover by 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: $2.99View All Items In This Series
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.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: Marvel Masterworks: Invincible Iron Man vol. 7
Man #26 iron
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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Invincible Iron Man #26 Heroic Age Variant
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Written by MATT FRACTION. Art by SALVADOR LARROCA. THE HEROIC AGE IS HERE! In the wake of this summer’s hit IRON MAN 2, the brand-new storyline STARK: RESILIENT continues! The Hammer Girls unleash DETROIT STEEL on a world hardly ready for that much metal and chrome, and God help anyone that gets in his way. Tony keeps sifting through the ashes of his old life and tries to rebuild who he is and what he does. Rhodey struggles to be a man of war in a peacetime empire. And, oh yeah — more of that amazing new suit of armor
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Iron Man Vol 1 #26
- —The Collector
Appearing in "Duel in the Dark Dimension!"
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.
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.
Links and References
- ↑First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks
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