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.

This is also the first appearance of THEM, the criminal organization that will eventually become A.I.M.

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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