COMIC TITLE: Iron Man #55 (1973)
Jim Starlin– Artist
Jim Starlin and Mike Friedrich–Writers
February 1973 (True Believers: April 4, 2018)
In 22 days, the biggest film of the year is going to hit the big screen as the Avengers are about to meet “The Mad Titan” Thanos in Avengers: Infinity Wars. The film is gearing up to be the event of the year with so many superheroes and such making an appearance in the film. As you know, Marvel does their True Believer series and from now until April 27TH, we are going to be covering all the issues having to do with Thanos every Thursday. The first issue that we have for you is Iron Man #55 which came out in February of 1973 and was written by Mike Freidrich (Sub-Mariner) and Jim Starlin (Infinity Gauntlet) while Starlin also served as the illustrator. In the issue, Iron Man is being attacked by a couple of goons known as The Blood Brothers. These guys are relentless as they try to capture the Iron Man, but Iron Man is there for a reason. He hears someone calling out to him and we find out that it’s Drax The Destroyer, but what does Drax want with Iron Man in this comic that served as the first appearance of Thanos.
The comic is pretty cool as we get to see how Thanos fits into the Marvel Universe and we get a little bit of a history lesson as well. We find out how Thanos became who he was, but he’s not yet the ruler of Titan according to this comic. One part that was a little confusing at first too was what Drax’s intentions were from the beginning because the first few pages are deceiving. I thought Drax was attacking Iron Man only to figure out that it was the opposite. I have to be 100% honest in saying that I am not a real fan of the dialogue that was put into comics back in the day. I do understand why they did it because people need to be explained what the character is actually doing. The story is pretty good, but I really liked the artwork with a few exceptions. I loved the way Thanos looked because this is Thanos, but I am not a fan of the way Drax looked. He looked liked Vision a little, but with green and purple instead of green and yellow. Nonetheless, I enjoyed all of it and look forward to more issues these upcoming weeks. Check out my grades below:
Character Representation: A
Entertainment Value: A+