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Iron Man #56
October 21st, 2017 by Rusty

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Iron Man #56 cover

Iron Man #56

Date: March 1973
Publisher: Marvel Comics Group
Cover Price: 20¢
2017 Price Range: $5 – $75
Stats: 20 color pages plus ads, Marvel Bullpen Bulletins and letters page
Writer: Steve Gerber
Artists: Jim Starlin, Mike Esposito, Charlotte Jetter
Notable Notes: The origin of Ichabod Rasputin

Roller skates

My daughter is really into rollerblading right now. She even got me to go with her yesterday, and now I have sore legs! Anyway, I was telling her that when I was a kid it was roller skates that were the big thing. Why am I telling you this? Because this issue of Iron Man starts out with him zooming around NYC on his jet powered roller skates! Yes, it is quite ridiculous! Iron Man himself even admits that he feels like a kid. Heaven knows he sure looks like one!


Iron Man goes to the Avengers Mansion to warn the others about Thanos and also brag about his new armor improvements. When he finds no one there he decides to go to Central Park in his street clothes. And it sure is a good thing he goes, because there are two strange things happening there. First, a new, giant, demon statue is being unveiled by a local artist. Entitled “Fangor” it represents all the evils of mankind. And second, there is a crazy priest named Rasputin who is prophesying that demons will soon be unleashed on the Earth. (Wow – what a co-incidence huh?) Anyway, when Rasputin is disrespected by the crowds, he brings the statue to life. It immediately goes on a rampage and Tony changes into his armor to do battle with the beast. After lots of damage and destruction, Iron Man finally defeats Fangor with an unstable-freon mini-bomb. Whew! Rasputin slinks off, and happens to run into Doctor Strange – who attempts to cheer him up.

How I Rate This Issue:

  • Story: 3 stars – The Rasputin part was actually OK. But I dislike it when there is more focus on a guest villain than the main character. All Iron Man did was skate around and punch a demon.
  • Art: 5 stars – Jim Starlin’s art was really cool! Excellent character designs, lots of details and some subtle humor – awesome!
  • Fun Factor: 4 stars – The fantastic art, cool characters and great villains helped propel this story.

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