Tales of Suspense #58-60 (1964)

With issue #59, Marvel cancelled “Tales of the Watcher” and instead made this an Iron Man/Captain America split book.

Good choice.  And just as they did with Giant-Man and Hulk sharing a book, they started it out with s story about Cap and Iron Man fighting before settling into the split.

Cap kicks Iron Man’s ass all over issue #58.  Except it turns out to be Chameleon.

Who snuck into the country with Kraven.

The Iron Man stories continue to be weak, but the Cap ones are solid, right out of the gate.  #59 is Cap sitting in Avengers mansion, thinking about the past, clearly establishing him as a “man out of time.”  Very cool.

For the action, he foils an attempt to break into Avengers Mansion.  Then he continues his memory lane by taking Zemo on in issue #60.

On the Iron Man side of #59….

It’s Black Knight.

And then Widow and Hawkeye return for #60.

Seeing Kirby drawing this character is worth suffering through any number of mediocre-to-below-average Iron Man stories.

Also: The final Tales of the Watcher story.

Creators: Lee/Ayers (Iron Man), Lee/Kirby (Cap)
Grades: D- (Iron Man), B+ (Cap)

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