Panels from Iron Man (1968 series) #128 (November 1979); co-plot and script by David Michelinie; breakdowns by John Romita, Jr.; co-plot and finishes by Bob Layton; colors by Bob Sharen; letters by John Costanza
It's dressed up with all the wordy melodrama of a '69 Stan Lee-scripted Silver Surfer saga, and it's one of the classic important stories that probably would have benefitted from 2000s' style decompression, because it all happens and is resolved so very fast, but the fight of Tony stark against alcoholism still remains a powerful storyline, one that hasn't been retconned away and which still influences the Tony of today in virtually every story: a man who loves analytical thought, tempted by something that makes him lose it.
The comic basically breezes over this torment in a handful of pages. Tony's battle with alcoholism would return, though, most notably when he passes the armor to James Rhodes. For the moment, however, this is one of the most triumphant moments in the Marvel Universe: a little story about a victory as vital as chasing away Galactus.
You go, Tony...GOOD GRAVY WHERE DO YOU GET AN ORANGE SUIT?!?
Anyway, the sun's exploding.
Resources about alcoholism:
- Toll-free, confidential national helpline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357) Information about this service of the US Department of Health and Human Services
- Al-Anon & Alateen crisis line: 1-800-356-9996 Al-Anon family groups: friends and families of problem drinkers
- WebMD: Do I Have an Alcohol Problem?
- Alcohol Rehab Guide: Alcoholism Support Groups
- DrugAbuse.com: How to Help an Alcoholic
- Alcoholics Anonymous: Find Local AA Groups