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Iron Man (1968) - #45
"Beneath the Armor Beats a Heart"

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Gary Friedrich

George Tuska

Vincent Joseph Colletta - 'Vince / Vinnie / P. Zorito'

Art 'Artie' Simek

Stan 'The Man' Lee - 'Stanley Martin Lieber'

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Mike Esposito - 'Espo'
Gil Kane
Sam Rosen

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Cover Date: March 1972
Cover Price: US $ 0.20

Issue Tagline: None.

Format: Color; Standard Comic Issue

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Mr. Kline War

Letters Column: Sock it to Shell-Head

Iron Man continues his fight with the Night Phantom robot and destroys it. Meanwhile, Simon Gilbert addresses the Stark Industries board of directors criticizing Tony Stark's recent actions. Gilbert leads them in a vote of no confidence as he schemes to become their new corporate president. Mr. Kline delightedly monitors the board from afar. Kevin finds himself wishing he could have Marianne and briefly considers murdering Tony before coming to his senses. Tony learns of the no confidence vote: Marianne comforts him. Kevin accidentally walks in on the two as she accepts Tony's marriage proposal. Stung, the Guardsman crashes the board of directors' meeting, telling them he is against Tony Stark and Iron Man. When students begin demonstrating outside the plant, the Guardsman, following Gilbert's orders, launches a blast of repulsor rays killing four. He then retreats back inside. The demonstrators storm the building but when the Guardsman emerges they flee. Iron Man confronts Gilbert, but the Guardsman defends him. The two friends fight, but Iron Man activates a safety valve to shut down the Guardsman armor. Venturing outside, Iron Man finds that the demonstrators have returned, more violent and angry than ever.

Reprinted/Collected in:
Essential Iron Man (2000) TPB vol. 04
The Invincible Iron Man DVD-ROM (2007) DVD-ROM vol. 01
L`invincible Iron Man (1972) #6
Marvel Masterworks: The Invincible Iron Man (2003) HC vol. 08

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