Invincible Iron Man, “My Friend, My Foe…the Fearsome Freak!” (July 1968) #3.

Invincible Iron Man, “My Friend, My Foe…the Fearsome Freak!” (July 1968) #3.

Dear Stan, Archie, and Johnny,
Here are my predictions of things that will happen to Marvel during this year.  Iron Man will change his armor to tin foil.  Daredevil will walk into a wall.  The Hulk will start wearing glasses.  Reed and Sue will get divorced.  Nick Fury will say something that is grammatically correct.  Aunt May will marry the Vulture.  The Avengers will have 20 active members.  Sub-Mariner will forget how to swim.  The X-Men will join the Avengers.  Thor will find out that he is a Clairol blond.  Odin will be fired.  Dr. Strange will learn that Hoggoth’s Hosts are hairy, not hoary.  Honest Irv will replace Sol Brodsky.  Yours till Captain Marvel is demoted to a corporal…
—Bob Gale
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[Invincible Iron Man v.1, #2]

Dear Stan, Archie, and Johnny,

Here are my predictions of things that will happen to Marvel during this year.  Iron Man will change his armor to tin foil.  Daredevil will walk into a wall.  The Hulk will start wearing glasses.  Reed and Sue will get divorced.  Nick Fury will say something that is grammatically correct.  Aunt May will marry the Vulture.  The Avengers will have 20 active members.  Sub-Mariner will forget how to swim.  The X-Men will join the Avengers.  Thor will find out that he is a Clairol blond.  Odin will be fired.  Dr. Strange will learn that Hoggoth’s Hosts are hairy, not hoary.  Honest Irv will replace Sol Brodsky.  Yours till Captain Marvel is demoted to a corporal…

—Bob Gale

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[Invincible Iron Man v.1, #2]

Tony: Jasper, you’d better see Miss Cord home…(As for myself, I’ve just about enough power left to make it back to my factory…)
(…But is that the reason I’m not escorting Janice Cord?  Or is it the guilt I feel — for, no matter what her dying father said about Iron Man…I’m also Tony Stark — the reason he drove himself to such an end!  Can I ever face her again and not be tortured by that inescapable fact?)
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[Invincible Iron Man v.1, #2]

Tony: Jasper, you’d better see Miss Cord home…(As for myself, I’ve just about enough power left to make it back to my factory…)

(…But is that the reason I’m not escorting Janice Cord?  Or is it the guilt I feel — for, no matter what her dying father said about Iron Man…I’m also Tony Stark — the reason he drove himself to such an end!  Can I ever face her again and not be tortured by that inescapable fact?)

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[Invincible Iron Man v.1, #2]

Agent Sitwell: Lie still, sir!  I’ll use my pocket communicator to —
Drexel Cord: N-no…there’s no time…
Janice Cord: Oh, Dad…Dad…
Drexel Cord: You did all you could, Janice!  It’s my obsession to outdo Stark that led to this…and in all the madness of trying to produce a machine the equal of Iron Man, I never saw the real truth…that no skill could duplicate his most essential powers…a human heart and…courage!
And, once again, throughout the debris-strewn laboratory, there is silence…
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[Invincible Iron Man v.1, #2]

Agent Sitwell: Lie still, sir!  I’ll use my pocket communicator to —

Drexel Cord: N-no…there’s no time

Janice Cord: Oh, Dad…Dad

Drexel Cord: You did all you could, Janice!  It’s my obsession to outdo Stark that led to this…and in all the madness of trying to produce a machine the equal of Iron Man, I never saw the real truth…that no skill could duplicate his most essential powers…a human heart and…courage!

And, once again, throughout the debris-strewn laboratory, there is silence…

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[Invincible Iron Man v.1, #2]

No one?  Within the fantastic red and gold armor, Tony Stark forces his battered, pain-racked body to move again, to try to rise…
Drexel Cord: Impossible!  I didn’t believe Stark’s armor could be so effective!  But that doesn’t save him!  It only prolongs the inevitable!
Tony: (Must get up…it’s not just me anymore…everyone in this room is in danger!)
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[Invincible Iron Man v.1, #2]

No one?  Within the fantastic red and gold armor, Tony Stark forces his battered, pain-racked body to move again, to try to rise…

Drexel Cord: Impossible!  I didn’t believe Stark’s armor could be so effective!  But that doesn’t save him!  It only prolongs the inevitable!

Tony: (Must get up…it’s not just me anymore…everyone in this room is in danger!)

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[Invincible Iron Man v.1, #2]

Tony: (His ray! It’s been increased to disintegration intensity!  My armor’s refractory coating will deflect it for a while, but I’ve got to act fast!)
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[Invincible Iron Man v.1, #2]

Tony: (His ray! It’s been increased to disintegration intensity!  My armor’s refractory coating will deflect it for a while, but I’ve got to act fast!)

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[Invincible Iron Man v.1, #2]

And, not quite as he imagines, Drexel Cord is absolutely right…
Tony: (By using the forward hatch, I avoided anyone aboard seeing my get down here…I can leave the same way!  No point in announcing that Tony Stark and Iron Man are one person!  There may be any number of better ways to make life difficult than maintaining a secret identity…but I can’t think of any!
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I dunno, Tony.





I’m sure you’ll figure it out.
[Invincible Iron Man v.1, #2]

And, not quite as he imagines, Drexel Cord is absolutely right…

Tony: (By using the forward hatch, I avoided anyone aboard seeing my get down here…I can leave the same way!  No point in announcing that Tony Stark and Iron Man are one person!  There may be any number of better ways to make life difficult than maintaining a secret identity…but I can’t think of any!

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I dunno, Tony.

I’m sure you’ll figure it out.

[Invincible Iron Man v.1, #2]

Tony: (…Tony Stark!  After battling the Grey Gargoyle, then Whiplash, then A.I.M. without once shedding my armor, I have to keep saying my name just to be sure I still know it!)
Lady Friend 1: Tony!  Up in the sky…Look!
Lady Friend 2: Don’t be corny, Laura…if your swimswuit can’t get his attention, nothing will!
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[Invincible Iron Man v.1, #2]

Tony: (…Tony Stark!  After battling the Grey Gargoyle, then Whiplash, then A.I.M. without once shedding my armor, I have to keep saying my name just to be sure I still know it!)

Lady Friend 1: Tony!  Up in the sky…Look!

Lady Friend 2: Don’t be corny, Laura…if your swimswuit can’t get his attention, nothing will!

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[Invincible Iron Man v.1, #2]

Dr. Cord: The heart of Stark’s armor is only an emotion-ridden, fallible man!  My demolisher is a supreme machine!  Tireless, unrelenting…
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Not for lack of trying, Dr. Cord.

[Invincible Iron Man v.1, #2]

Dr. Cord: The heart of Stark’s armor is only an emotion-ridden, fallible man!  My demolisher is a supreme machine!  Tireless, unrelenting…

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Not for lack of trying, Dr. Cord.

[Invincible Iron Man v.1, #2]

The Invincible Iron Man, “Enter…the Demolisher!” (June 1968) #2.

The Invincible Iron Man, “Enter…the Demolisher!” (June 1968) #2.