TALES OF SUSPENSE #92-94 (1967)

Captain America investigates the death of Nick Fury (it was an LMD, of course, as were all the Nick Furys at this point—which learned fifty years later, in the Original Sin event—because the real Nick was protecting us in outer space).  In the action, Sharon Carter is captured by A.I.M. and Cap goes to rescue her where, in issue #93, we meet the new leader of AIM.  A little guy known as MODOK.

My favorite villain!

The big reveal is that MODOK is a victim of AIM who rose up and took over the organization. He’s an encephalitic who shoots laser beams out of his forehead. Remember: This was 1967, when creativity wasn’t corporate or common. You have to love Jack Kirby.
And in the end, he lay dying. But he was too cool to die.

He’d be back, and back, and back.

As for Iron Man, well, it’s never good when Marvel heroes get involve in international politics at the local level.  Actually, I take that back. Recent issues of the 2017 reboot of The Champions show it is possible to reveal the horrors of the world without being superficial or condescending, and, most importantly, without being racist—or, at a minimum, horrendously culturally insensitive.

But back in 1967, Iron Man fought Titanium Man, as the character was revived by a Vietnamese Communist.

Creators: Iron Man: Stan Lee, Gene Colan
Cap: Lee, Jack Kirby
First appearance: MODOK
Grade: Iron Man: F. Cap: B+.
Tag: Modok, cap, iron man, 1967, complete

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