TALES OF SUSPENSE #44-45 (1963): 1st Pepper and Happy

Issue #44 is pretty bad.  Iron Man goes back in time to Ancient Egypt where he crushes on Cleopatra. 

Issue #45 is better.  Tony Stark gets into a car accident riding racecars for fun, and a new character pulls him out and saves his life…

Happy Hogan.  Hogan is introduced as an extraordinarily strong man with innate heroism.  When Tony’s recreational racecar crashes, Hogan is the only one who leaps towards the burning vehicle to save Stark.  And Hogan doesn’t even know him at this time.

And along with Happy Hogan, we meet Pepper Potts for the first time.

But Pepper’s intro is weird.  Above is the first panel we see of her, and she’s clearly named “Kitty.”  But then she’s Pepper, with no explanation.

It’s a typo.  Stan Lee was clearly doing too much at this time, and stuff like this could get by him.

And Blizzard.  Who goes by “Jack Frost” in this early appearance.  That’s a name change, not a typo.

It’s really the first good Iron Man story (other than his origin).  Good, but not great.

And there’s also this cool House Advertisement for The Avengers #1.

STRANGE TALES #103 (1963)

But for the inclusion of Human Torch, this story could almost be a generic Strange Tale. Human Torch literally happens upon some invaders from “the 5th Dimension,” gets captured, taken…