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Essential Iron Man, Vol. 1 by Stan Lee
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Jun 09, 2014

it was ok
bookshelves: comics, mount-tbr-2014, science-fiction
Read in June, 2014

While some of the quality (or lack thereof) can be laid at the feet of the time the stories were created, a good deal of it has to do with Iron Man being one of the Marvel b-team of characters, with consequent slapdash work on the art and stories. Rife with racism and sexism, this volume of the first Iron Man stories is best seen as a historical curiosity than anything else.

There's a lot of amusement value to be had, mind you, given Stan Lee's fumbling attempts to do the 1960s Spy-Fi thing. Readers will also be amused at the first appearance of The Black Widow...and her conspirator in anti-American mayhem, Boris. Yes, Boris and Natasha. Which means Tony Stark must be Moose, and Pepper Potts is Squirrel.

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