IRON MAN #138-139 (1980)

NOTE: Post Updated March 2019

Steve Martin guest stars
This issue starts with Rhodey parking Stark’s helicopter on a public street, so they can pick up Stark’s galpal Beth McCabe and getting a ticket from Steve Martin.

Then, they fight Spymaster (remember him?), who now works for The Maggia and Madame Masque, and they’ve got Dreadnoughts.

How powerful can Dreadnoughts be, though, if they’re defeated by roller skates?

And I do mean “they” fight these foes—Rhodey takes out Spymaster on his own–culminating in a fiery helicopter crash.

And Bethany takes on Masque.  Since they’re chicks, they talk a lot during their battle and we learn that Beth knows Tony is Iron Man, and she does a total brutal move: She lets Masque walk away and tells her she “pities” Masque because she let a good guy like Tony get away.

That’s cold.

And Tony has an “Alas, poor Yorick” moment.

Creators: David Michelinie and Bob Layton
Grade: B-
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