Tales Of Suspense #75-76 (1966): First Batroc the Leaper!

Gene Colan continues to knock it out of the park in the best uncredited work of his (or anyone’s?) career in comics, turning Iron Man into a horror book as Happy Hogan wanders the countryside after being transformed into a Frankenstein-like monster.  Very, very cool.

Meanwhile, in the other half of the book…Batroc the Leaper!  Also, Steve Rogers sees a girl on the street who looks an awful lot like Peggy Carter, and he’s a little smitten—but she wants nothing to do with him.  We’ll find out, later, it’s her daughter.

Creepy.

Creators: Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers (#75), John Romita Sr. (#76) (Cap story); Lee, Adam Austin (Iron Man story)

First appearance: Sharon Carter, although we don’t know it yet. 

Grade: An all-around B.  The Iron Man story is more of a “C” but Gene Colan’s art raises it, and the Cap story is kind of a C but introducing Batroc bumps it up.

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