Iron Man (1968) - #31
"Anything--For the Cause!"
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Charles Eber 'Chic' Stone
Jean Simek - 'Jean Izzo'
Stan 'The Man' Lee
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Cover Date: November 1970
Cover Price: US $ 0.15
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Format: Color; Standard Comic Issue
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Tony Stark visits his Lakani plant troubled by protestors led by the anti-machinery Major Hubert Ffoulkes. When a group of thugs, the Smashers, attack the protest, Stark as Iron Man breaks things up. One of the plant scientists, Kevin O'Brian, uses a stun ray he has built to help end the confrontation peacefully, impressing Stark, who offers him a transfer to the New York research lab; however Kevin's girlfriend, the major's daughter Kathy Ffoulkes, isn't happy at this news. Meanwhile the thugs report to Mastermind, who chides them for making a mess instead of attacking Stark. Next morning Stark inspects the money-losing factory as plant manager Mr. Bowers dodges questions; when the protestors return Stark tries to explain that his plant isn't polluting anything. O'Brian and Kathy catch Smasher leader Bullwhip Grogan planting a bomb, but are taken hostage. Minutes later a helicopter drops fliers claiming the factory is unsafe and will explode. Iron Man brings it down, freeing the hostages and capturing Grogan and Mastermind, forcing them to disable the bomb set in the plant. Iron Man informs the protestors of their plan and unmasks Mastermind as Mr. Bowers, who had tried to hide his embezzling by staging the pollution scare to shut the plant down.
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