Episode 103: Corporate Mind Control? (Tales of Suspense #49) -- January 1964


In this episode:

Mike and Ed discuss how Tony Stark’s atomic experiment caused the Angel’s personality to turn “evil”. They explore the possibility that this was a weird side effect, intentional, or purely accidental Every possibility is potentially Earth-shattering. How far along is the US military in its ability to control and shape minds? Or is this Stark tech proprietary and NOT being shared with the armed forces? Which is worse?

In this issue:

The Angel is flying near a Stark company plant where they are testing weapons. Iron Man is there, and he waves the flying young man off, as they are about to initiate an atomic blast. The Angel gets caught up in the ensuing radiation, and turns evil. He flies away and tries to join up with other bad people, abandoning the X-Men and generally proving to be quite unpleasant. Iron Man chases the Angel down and shocks him to his senses. The Angel, now once again on the side of the angels, is grateful for Iron Man’s intervention, and even more grateful that Iron Man explained to the police how the Angel became evil due to no fault of his own (and that he was back to normal).

This episode takes place:

After the Angel’s bad boy phase is over (for now).

Assumed before the next episode:

People are starting to ask more questions about mind control - and in particular, corporate mind control.