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Iron Man: Demon in a Bottle (Iron Man Vol. I)

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Iron Man faces his most untouchable foe in criminal industrialist Justin Hammer and his literal army of super villians! But can the armoured avenger overcome an even more implacable personal demon, invulnerable to technology or wealth?
Paperback, 176 pages
Published April 19th 2006 by Marvel
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Apr 16, 2008 Andy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: superhero super-failures
The three greatest story arcs in the history of comics:

1) Green Arrow's perky sidekick Speedy succumbing to the evils of heroin and getting strung out, baby.

2) The Flash reduced to homelessness, sleepin' in the snow. Boo hoo, boo hoo.

3) Iron Man hitting the bottle and becoming a useless alcoholic. Comics are your best entertainment!
May 26, 2010 Andy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's important to remember the original audience of old comic books. When the "Demon in a Bottle" storyline originally ran in 1978 the average comic book reader was closer to 10-12 years old; much younger than the 25-30 year olds who make up the bulk of comic book readers now.

With that in mind this collection is quite an achievement, and even more important to think about critically.

It is in this storyline that the Tony Stark character was given the deep human elements that will make him timele
Dec 08, 2008 Jennifer rated it really liked it
It's kind of amazing that I hadn't read this yet. I've read a good bit of Iron Man canon, and a lot of Iron Man in the 12413531251325 recent books he's been in, but for some reason I'd never gotten around to "Demon in a Bottle." Now that I've finally read it, I'm so glad I did. It's a bit heavy-handed, sure, and full of the flaws that all socially-conscious comic books of the 1970s had, but it's a solid story with surprisingly subtle characterization and a truly kickass female lead (where has Be ...more
Ela Kaimo
Mar 10, 2013 Ela Kaimo rated it it was ok
Shelves: e-books, comic-books
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Devin Bruce
A classic in the Marvel canon, but I'd never read it until a month ago. The most surprising thing to me was that John Romita Jr. did the pencils for almost the whole story until after I'd finished the first issue. After reading him on books like Daredevil and the more recent World War Hulk, I can't see what I've come to identify as JRJR's style in here ANYWHERE. It's amazing to see the change, although I have a feeling that quite a bit of the visual style comes from Bob Layton's inks: if pencils ...more
Sep 06, 2008 Trin rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphicnovel
’70s-era Iron Man, in which, you know, it’s hard out there for a man with a pimp haircut and ’stache like Tony’s. He’s got to deal with the Sub-Mariner, who looks like Mr. Spock in a Speedo but has way fewer social skills. And there are a bunch of lameass villains with lameass superpowers he has to dispatch. Plus, he has to address the problem of his alcoholism in a single issue that reads much like an Afterschool Special. Can you feel the excitement from here?

No, that’s just me still cringing a
Jul 16, 2015 L.A. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Hollywood, everybody knows Tony Stark's a jerk with a heart of gold, which is why Robert Downey Jr. is the perfect person to play him (life imitating art, and all, from what evidence we have). The choice here to give him a drinking problem really pissed off a lot of readers when the story first ran, because it "ruined" the character. For those of us coming to the comics now, it's a perfect choice, really. Because Iron Man is NOT a likable guy, and if you want your readers to stick arou ...more
Adam Bender
Dec 27, 2015 Adam Bender rated it liked it
I've been wanting to read the comic where Tony Stark has a drinking problem for quite some time. Ok, that sounds kind of weird, but it's true. This is the volume that includes the classic "Demon in a Bottle" comic.

What I didn't realize is that it's mainly the one issue (the last in this collection) that deals with it. The first 7 issues show Tony having occasional drinks but he doesn't really hit rock bottom until the issue before the eponymous #128. The storyline up to that point focuses on Jus
Sep 01, 2011 Matt rated it liked it
Hmm. It's hard to review this one, really. I can say that I felt sufficiently entertained as I read through this one... and that the one and a half issues that ACTUALLY deal with the "demon in the bottle" (sure there is foreshadowing, but to describe this collection as a whole as dealing with alcoholism is just plain false) were emotionally gripping and character-enriching. But that's about all I can say. This book was recommended to me as an exemplary starting point for reading Iron Man comics. ...more
Eric Mikols
Mar 20, 2012 Eric Mikols rated it liked it
Shelves: iron-man
This was a fun comic. Not great, but fun. I liked the 80's vibe of the whole affair, and Tony Stark is a fun character. I read this with the desire to read an important Iron Man story, which was Demon in a Bottle. Having heard so much about it, I expected a long battle between Stark and alcoholism. This book however, is seven issues of Iron Man dealing with Justin Hammer and some super villains, getting stressed, having a drink once or twice, and then going full alcoholic in one issue. I'm of tw ...more
Mar 09, 2014 Devero rated it really liked it
All'epoca la storia fece furore: era decisamente un passo importante nel concetto Marvel di super eroe con super problema. Risolto il problema iniziale del cuore danneggiato di Stark, il nuovo super problema è nientemeno che l'alcolismo. Tony non riesce proprio a restare sobrio, e la sua caduta nell'abisso comune a tutti gli alcolizzati è descritta molto bene, fin troppo realisticamente. Alla fine ne esce? Ovviamente no. L'alcolismo non è una malattia da cui si guarisce, bensì una tentazione sem ...more
May 06, 2015 Angie rated it really liked it
I just read my first comic book. I signed up this week to take a short online course on comic books, so I'm going to read a few. I think this could enrich the classes I teach, and it's an interesting piece of our pop culture history and current events.

I actually enjoyed this more than I thought I would. Yes, the dialog is weird because everyone is narrating their own actions, and everything is over-dramatized and a little on the whimsically ridiculous side. But I did find it very entertaining.
Dang Ole' Dan Can Dangle
Some interesting and ambitious Tony Stark characterization but forgettable writing, story, and only competent artwork make this pretty dull.
Jan 19, 2016 Jack rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a young child in the 70's, I read DC, primarily Superman, Batman, Justice League of America, and Legion of Super-Heroes. I was a pretty dumb kid (and not much better as adult), but I kind of pieced together there was a company called Marvel that didn't publish anything about Superman, Batman, JLA, or LSH. I bought maybe 5 or 6 Marvel books over the years when I couldn't find anything new to read.

Browsing in the library, I found this collected edition and thought I would read it. While I have
Harrison Delahunty
Mar 05, 2015 Harrison Delahunty rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Iron Man: Demon in a Bottle is considered the epitome of Iron Man stories. A tale of redemption, adventure, and romance, all with your good billionaire pal Iron Man. Sounds great, right?
Well... I mean, it kind of is. But not really.

Unfortunately, this was back in an age where writers didn't really know how to dig a character out of a repetitive ditch. And Tony Stark (and thus by extension Iron Man) were stuck in one of those. Iron Man needed a fresh new direction in which to go, and to do that M
Chris Schaben
Feb 17, 2015 Chris Schaben rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely one of the greatest Marvel story arcs I have ever read! After too much stress, pain, and misunderstandings, Tony Stark reaches his breaking point. He begins using his Iron Man armor and alcohol to hide his grievances and pain from all he is losing. The arc results in some of the most powerful, dramatic, and beautiful panels I have ever seen in any comic book. If you like comic books, or if you would like some great issues to start your collection, I HIGHLY recommend getting this book!
God Save
Mar 07, 2016 God Save rated it it was amazing
Well, this is undoubtedly the most important and the most monumental Iron Man story that was ever published. Well, what makes this story so important, is the fact when it was released. Every mainstream comic book at that time was "corny" and sometimes stupid. Demon in a Bottle was a first attempt of David Michelini to make Tony Stark more complex and mature. For the time, the story broke a lot of boundaries and taboos for superheroes.

Many will have a problem because of how quickly Tony gets rid
Nov 26, 2015 Matias rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un comic iconico en la historia de Iron Man. El mismo contiene una serie de historias que van desde los origines de Iron Man (en Vietnam 60) hasta un encuentro con Namor que casi le cuesta la vida. Pero el eje central de este tomo no son las peleas contra otros supervillanos, sino contra si mismo y contra su dependencia en el alcohol. Y por sobre eso, su traje de Iron Man se ve alterado de manera que deja de responder a sus ordenes, lo cual se convierte en un gran problema por razones mas que ob ...more
Andrew Perron
Nov 23, 2015 Andrew Perron rated it really liked it
It's interesting to note that, for most of this storyline, Tony Stark's alcoholism is the B-plot - one of several, jostling about as more traditional superheroic affairs take center stage. But it's this very profusion of troubles that pushes him towards the drink.

Therefore, your overall impression will depend a lot on your taste for Bronze Age superheroics of the style represented here. I mostly enjoyed this, although my rating was brought down by an issue that retells Tony Stark's origin, and:
Oct 15, 2015 John rated it it was amazing
This volume proves that while today's comics may be slicker and better produced they are not necessarily more entertaining. This is a prime example of seventies goodness with a great plot, engaging characters, tons of humor, and in-jokes, colorful villains, and great action scenes. But as the book progresses Tony's character gets darker and more troubled, and the last two or three issues tackle his alcoholism! And while his recovery seems ridiculously quick and easy by today's standards, it is h ...more
Carlos Eguren
May 10, 2015 Carlos Eguren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
El cómic comenzaba a volverse oscuro y los héroes caían en batallas peores que aquellas que libraban contra sus archienemigos. Le ocurrió a los X-Men, le pasó a Daredevil… Y, en la Casa de las Ideas, otro de los grandes pisó el lado oscuro y se hundió en el lodo del whisky: Tony Stark, más conocido como Iron Man.

Con El demonio en una botella, nos encontramos ante, sin duda, una de las grandes etapas del Cabeza de Lata, aunque todo lo que transcurre en los números sobre el alcoholismo es al final
Apr 24, 2016 The_Mad_Swede rated it really liked it
This volume collects issues #120–128, written by David Michelinie (with plot contributions on all but #122 by Bob Layton). John Romita JR is doing the pencil art on all but #122 (which is done by Carmine Infantino), and all the art in the nine issues is finished by Layton.

This is probably one of the most (in)famous Iron Man stories ever made and, as the title implies, it shows us, for the very first time, Tony Stark the alcoholic. Needless to say that makes the story somewhat controversial, and
Jon Hogan
Aug 30, 2013 Jon Hogan rated it it was amazing
Iron Man is one of my favorite characters in fiction, and the issues in this trade are shining examples of why I enjoy the adventures of Tony Stark.

I read this volume for the first time about a decade ago and recently reread it after purchasing a Marvel Unlimited subscription. These stories are everything superhero comics should be. We get done-in-one stories that still manage to tell a larger arc over several issues. The alcoholism subplot addressed in the last issue is established nicely, with
Oct 16, 2007 Dave rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
While these stories were printed about 8 years before I began my journey into comics, I quickly worked my way back towards this era through frequent trips to the back issue bins. For some reason I never bought any Iron Man comics from this era, which is odd as I remember many of the covers so distinctly. Bob Layton produced some great Iron Man covers during his run, and I always thought I was missing out on some great comics. Unfortunately, reading this collection has disproved that assumption.

Sep 18, 2014 Ashley rated it really liked it
Only slightly disappointed with this collection. I had previously been promised, by others, a really moving story about Tony's battle with alcoholism, but I feel like that was hardly present, almost tacked on to the end. Regardless, it's still a GREAT look at the Iron Man story as a whole, and I'm very glad it was the first thing in the series I read. I'm continuing on my Iron Man journey with Extremis, now.
Candace Perry
Jul 20, 2015 Candace Perry rated it it was ok
And after a short break I'm back in the comic book class saddle! This was a good story overall--so why the average rating? I found the story arc to be disjointed. We were supposed to get the idea that Tony was becoming an alcoholic, but it was far from the main focus and I just didn't feel it. I've heard so much about this arc, I guess I was just expecting more.
Feb 23, 2016 Dooz added it
Cheesiness aside, this collection showcases a new direction for comics. With pressure rising on both of his identities- Tony Stark and IronMan - Tony throws in the towel and turns to the drink. Here we really begin to see the person behind the mask - and unlike other comics of the day, it's not rainbows and butterflies.

Mike Thomas
Feb 05, 2013 Mike Thomas rated it it was amazing
This is a great read, I remember collecting and reading these comics in 1979, I was only 10 years old and didn't really know about alcoholism, I took the comics to my father, who read them and explained them to me. He enjoyed them so much he used to read my other comics too..... This was a very nice blast from the past, a great story, good artwork, and what I think was a defining moment in comic books, when they started dealing with adult problems, even though, like me most kids didn't really un ...more
Jose Miguel
Sep 18, 2014 Jose Miguel rated it really liked it
Iron Man/ Tony Stark, enfrentando a su enemigo mas mortífero y constante: su alcoholismo. Los 9 números abarcan desde una pelea al lado de Namor, la introduccion de su contraparte empresarial: Justin Hammer. Es, en definitiva, una de las historias mas reconocidas del hombre de hierro, y de lo mejor de la Marvel de la vieja escuela.
Feb 12, 2009 Mark rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
The story starts off pretty corny but gets better as it goes along. I like the art a lot, but the storytelling is often stilted; there is a lot of starting and stopping, pages used up in recapping the story, which doesn't read well in a collection, probably due to the nature of monthly comics of the late 70s. And there are quite a few not very competent villains; leading one to wonder how capable Iron Man is if he has to struggle against them.

The "serious" part of the story, Iron Man's alcoholis
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