Tales Of Suspense #73-74 (1965-1966)

I’m getting a big appreciation (or reappreciation) for George Tuska’s pencil work as I read the Cap tale.  Check out the little scene above, where his bike can’t quite make the leap over a gorge.  Very cool.

The overall story is a little silly: Giant Nazi robots. 

And talk about great art!  The Iron Man story is illustrated by Gene Colan under his Adam Austin pseudonym.  Look at that splash page—who was using shadows like that back then?  Nobody.  Then there’s this great panel:

The words hit Pepper Potts like lightning, and we see the deep concern in her face.  Simply fantastic.

Again, the story doesn’t matter much—but seeing how Marvel’s art was progressing at the decade’s halfway point is remarkable, and it’s evident in this one single issue, both stories. 

The world of comic art is about to get much, much more sophisticated.

Creators: Stan Lee and Jack Kirby (layouts) with George Tuska (pencils) (Cap); Lee and “Adam Austin” (Gene Colan) (Iron Man)
Grade: B-.  Both are exceedingly average stories, elevated by very above-average art.

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