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.
Also: 1st appearance of Jarvis.
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.
Also: A Millie the Model reference.
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)