TALES OF SUSPENSE #92-94 (1967): 1st MODOK!

Captain America sees what he thinks is a robot killing 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.  This is also the issue with the really famous typographical error….

He’d be back, and back, and back.

As for Iron Man, he goes to Vietnam and fights Titanium Man, as the character was revived by a Vietnamese Communist.

And has a cell phone!

And finally…Walt Simonson writes in!

Finally, this issue has a very, very famous typographical error…

Creators: Iron Man: Stan Lee, Gene Colan
Cap: Lee, Jack Kirby

First appearance: MODOK
Grade: Iron Man: F. Cap: B+.


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