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Tales of Suspense #1-58 (Jan. 1959 - Oct. 1964; #39-58 Iron Man + science-fiction stories; #59-99 only superheroes).

Tales of Suspense 9Tales of Suspense is the name of an American comic book series and two one-shot comics published by Marvel Comics. The first, which ran from 1959 to 1968, began as a science-fiction anthology that served as a showcase for such artists as Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and Don Heck, then featured superheroes Captain America and Iron Man during the Silver Age of Comic Books before changing its title to Captain America with issue #100 (April 1968). Its sister title was Tales of Suspense.

The early run of Tales of Suspense, from issues #1-38 (Jan. 1959 - Aug. 1962), began under Atlas Comics, the 1950s forerunner of Marvel, before eventually falling under the Marvel banner. It contained science-fiction mystery/suspense stories written primarily by editor-in-chief Stan Lee, with artists including Kirby, Ditko, Heck, Dick Ayers, Joe Sinnott and Paul Reinman. Issue #9 (May 1960) introduced Chondu the Mystic as an anthological-story character; he would be reintroduced as supervillain in 1970s comics.

Issue #31 introduces The monster in the Iron Mask (Stan Lee/Jack Kirby/Dick Ayers). This alien wore an airtight iron mask very similar to Doctor Doom's mask. The nemesis of the Fantastic Four debuted exactly the same month (July 1962), in Fantastic Four #5, by Lee-Kirby too. The monster in the iron mask has been sent by his planet to soften up the earth for an invasion by the alien army. He said his only weak spot is poison gas. That is why he wears the airtight mask. At last, a magician discovered the alien was wearing no mask. That was his real face. So they used gas to stopped the invasion.Tales of Suspense 31

Issue #39 (March 1963) introduced the superhero Iron Man, created by editor and plotter Stan Lee, scripter Larry Lieber, and artists Don Heck and Jack Kirby. He starred in generally 13-page but occasionally 18-page adventures, with the rest of Tales of Suspense devoted to the anthological science fiction and fantasy stories the comic normally ran. This issue was reprinted in its entirety in 1994 as Marvel Milestone Edition: Tales of Suspense #39.

After debuting with bulky gray armor, Iron Man was redesigned with similar but golden armor in his second story (issue #40, April 1963). The first iteration of the modern, sleek red-and-golden armor appeared in #48 (Dec. 1963), drawn by Steve Ditko (though whether he or Kirby, singly or in collaboration, designed it, is uncertain). From #53-58 (May-Oct. 1964), the cover logo was "Tales of Suspense featuring The Power of Iron Man".

The first Marvel superhero work by future company editor-in-chief Roy Thomas was his scripting the Iron Man story "My Life for Yours" in #73 (Jan. 1966), working from a plot by editor Stan Lee as well as a plot assist from Marvel secretary-receptionist Flo Steinberg. From #49-58 (Jan.-Oct. 1964), one anthological story each issue acquired a framing sequence and ran as "Tales of the Watcher," narrated by the namesake cosmic witness introduced in The Fantastic Fantastic Four 5Four #13 and used as a Marvel-universe supporting character since. The final "Tales of the Watcher" story introduced veteran artist George Tuska as a Marvel regular. Four years later, Tuska would become one of Iron Man's signature artists. Beginning with issue #59 (Nov. 1964), Iron Man began sharing the now "split book" with Captain America, who had guest-starred in the Iron Man feature the previous issue.

 

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