Iron Man Vol.1 #1


Iron Man is captured by A.I.M using a suction beam and trapped in a submarine by orders of Mordius; Meanwhile A.I.M. soldiers are gloating about how they have sunk The Maggias gambling ship and destroyed their leadership; The Golden Avenger is knocked out by gas while back on the sinking Maggia ship Jasper Sitwell is evacuating the passengers; Sitwell stumbles upon Whitney Frost whom he recognises from Stark Industries as one of Tonys admirers; Sitwell rescues Frost and they are taken aboard a S.H.I.E.L.D. helicopter where Nick Fury awaits; When alone Frost reveals herself to be The Big M, leader of The Maggia, and her plan to use Sitwell to learn the secrets of Stark Industries.

Printed: Mar 1968
Writers: Archie Goodwin
Art: Gene Colan and Johnny Craig
Cover: Gene Colan and Mike Esposito

Key Issue Details
- First ongoing solo title series
- Origin of Iron Man
- Identity of Big M revealed to be Whitney Frost, later known as Madame Masque, the daughter of Count Nefaria