IRON MAN #103-108 (1977-1978)

With the help of undercover industrial espionage expert Madame Masque, Mordecai Midas buys Stark International and renames it Midas International. 

Nick Fury and Jasper Sitwell are unhappy. I am pretty sure this is the first time he lost Stark International, but it won’t be the last.  It all gets taken care of in the end.

Iron Man sips through a straw, though, which isn’t okay anymore ’cause of the environment and all.

Apparently, Masque didn’t know who she was working for, so she leaves and takes Tony Stark with her, and they go bump uglies for the evening.  They kiss with their masks on…

He does a lot of mask-kissing this issue.

The next day, he’s got an emotional hangover.

Also there’s Jack of Hearts. In case you’re one of the few who enjoy him.

There’s the obligatory pre-friendship fight, after which they team up, along with Guardsman, against Midas.

Also, the second appearance of Wraith, who is related to Jeanne DeWolff, who also appears in this story. And a fight against Growing Man.

And the best part: A familiar autograph seeker.

That’s Marvel creator Mary Jo Duffy.

Midas gets control of Iron Man’s extra suits, and pilots them by remote control.

Midas wears one and attacks Tony with Shakespeare.

In the end, Madame Masque and a bunch of innocent bystanders are turned into gold by Midas, so Iron Man has to recruit Hank Pym to help him change them back.

A long arc that’s a little scattered, but overall it’s a decent read.

Art by George Tuska (#103-106), Keith Pollard (#107)

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