Episode 90: Is Iron Man a Good Use of Shareholder Capital? (Tales of Suspense #48) -- December 1963
In this episode:
Mike and Ed discuss the ramifications of Iron Man working for StarkCorp (or is he working for Tony Stark himself?) Will every large corporation hire their own superhero? Do we want corporations controlling their own de facto armies? What does it cost to have a superhero on contract? Is it a case of “What is good for StarkCorp is good for America”? And what is Iron Man’s impact on the StarkCorp stock price?
In this issue:
A man named Mr. Doll is controlling people by carving miniature dolls of them. He turns his attention to Iron Man, taking control of him and sending him away. Mr. Doll then continues on with his quest to have business owners turn their fortunes over to them by taking control of them - through his dolls. Iron Man designs a new costume, which is now red and yellow, although he still finds it challenging to resist Mr. Doll’s machinations. He defeats Iron Man again. On his third try, Iron Man defeats Mr. Doll by tricking him into creating a miniature doll of himself; the shock of having done so causes him to drop the doll and incapacitate himself.
Assumed before the next episode:
People are talking about the connections between StarkCorp and Iron Man.
This episode takes place:
After Mr. Doll has been defeated.