Iron Man annual #3 (1976)

The creative team of The Defenders signs on to tell a story about Iron Man meeting Molecule Man.  MM was defeated in Marvel Two-In-One #1, and Thing gave his magic wand to a little girl, who has now figured out how to use it and its power has driven her mad.  Plus, she’s in Florida so…Man Thing.  And she’s dressed like Iron Man!

This is right up Gerber’s alley.  It’s easily the best Iron Man story in many years, it’s tons of fun, and Man Thing has a fairly major part.  It’s a big development in Molecule Man-showing much more of the potential, Godlike character he will eventually become.  And the big Iron Man/Man-Thing fight rocks.

Creators: Steve Gerber and Sal Buscema
Grade: B
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