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Once again, it’s backstory time! See all this extra reading I do, just to flesh out these reviews? That’s how much I love you. And comic books. But mostly you.
Okay, so leading up to Tales of Suspense #61, Iron Man’s heart condition took a bit of a nosedive (that’s why you don’t smoke, idiot), so he had to wear the entire armor all the time instead of just the chest plate. Obviously Tony Stark couldn’t be seen wandering around in Iron Man’s armor, so Stark just kind of disappeared with no good explanation, leaving Iron Man as the prime suspect in his disappearance. It all came to a head in Tales of Suspense #61, in which Tony stumbled on the idea of being sick and bedridden as an excuse for his absence. Unfortunately, the Mandarin had to go and complicate things by destroying Tony’s house with a giant energy beam from space, making the world think everyone’s favorite playboy engineer is dead. Iron Man runs off to find the source of the beam.
Which brings us to today’s tale.