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Alex ([personal profile] terra) wrote in [community profile] scans_daily2010-06-25 08:15 pm

"Hmmm...that Anthony Stark is handsome as well as wealthy!"

Hey guys, it's the "Year of Women" at Marvel. So here's a post about a Marvel woman!! It's the fabulous supervillain career of quote-unquote Madame Natasha, otherwise known as the Black Widow.

Black Widow first appeared as a non-costumed antagonist in Tales of Suspense 52. See also: Iron Man's greatest foe, communism. Earlier, the Crimson Dynamo, Ivan Vanko, defected to the US. Now, the Russians strike back!! "Comrade Leader" has summoned two agents for the job.

That's right, just waltz right in. It's not like Tony Stark could be busy, or anything.

Natasha has discovered Iron Man's secret weakness: dinner dates. While he's distracted, Boris kidnaps Vanko and steals the Crimson Dynamo armor.

A fight ensues, but Boris isn't that much of a thinker. So, Natasha strategizes for him, probably curing the fact that the KGB has armed her with nothing but lipstick while the stupid Boris gets cool stolen armor.

Natasha's ruse works, but only temporarily, as Vanko sacrifices himself to defeat Boris.

True to the text, Black Widow does reappear the next issue, cementing her as an eternal foe of Iron Man. Anyway, to set up, Tony Stark has just invented a fabulous anti-gravity ray, and Natasha is hiding from her Soviet handlers, knowing they do not take kindly to failures.

Pepper, of course, discovers that Tony is knocked out and the Black Widow and anti-grav ray are missing. Stark becomes the subject of much ridicule as he has to announce to the press that he's lost his anti-gravity device almost as soon as he built it.

Remember, women love pretty things!! Especially evil, communist women. Natasha runs around, making stragetical strikes at Stark Industries. No one can catch up to her!

We meet Natasha's true arch-nemesis: idiot goons. They can't handle the ray effectively, leading Iron Man to discover their position. Natasha outwits one of his ruses, but then—

THE GOONS STRIKE. Amazingly, though, she beats Iron Man nonetheless, burying him in a huge pile of rocks. No one can survive being buried in a huge pile of rocks! She's also come up with a plan to get the gold from Fort Knox!

But, alas, it turns out Iron Man isn't dead, and this time he's come up with a plan to defeat Black Widow– turn off the damn anti-grav ray. Also, the goons charge headfirst into battle, running underneath the giant floating mountain, the place to be.

You heard it here first. Commies: they just don't dig us.

3 pages of 26 from Tales of Suspense 52, 4 from Tales of Suspense 53. Each Iron Man story is 13 pages.

char: natasha romanov/black widow, char: iron man/tony stark, char: pepper potts
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[personal profile] btravage 2010-06-26 04:02 am (UTC)(link)
And they say that Marvel Comics were more "hip" than DC?
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[personal profile] jlroberson 2010-06-26 04:18 am (UTC)(link)
You must realize that at that time, being simplistically anti-communist and sexist wasn't just for conservatives. Welcome to the psyche of the Kennedy era. Or of MAD MEN, basically.

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[personal profile] crinos 2010-06-26 04:04 am (UTC)(link)
Boris: Boris does not walk around puny obstacles, it is easier to hurl them!

Comrade leader: Well I hope Boris can also afford to pay for the desk he just wrecked.

Boris: But we're communists, the state pays for desks.

Comrade Leader: Good point. Go break some of the Americans desks then.

Boris: It is what I was born for.

Black Widow: Days like this I wonder if it would have been easier if I had been inducted into the Hand when I was a kid.
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[personal profile] tacobob 2010-06-26 11:42 pm (UTC)(link)
I love it. Comrade Leader. So you know they're RUSSIAN! I'm surprised they didn't add Ski to everything. Comradeski Leaderski.
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[personal profile] halloweenjack 2010-06-26 04:11 am (UTC)(link)
Natasha really teamed up with a guy named Boris? At what point did they fight moose and squirrel?
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[personal profile] jlroberson 2010-06-26 04:22 am (UTC)(link)
WAR AND PEACE: who needs to steal names from the first thirty pages of any other Russian novel? There are already so many there.

Ah, Tony, will you ever start thinking with your brain? Of course not.

Also: that's dedication. YOU try crossing the ocean standing up all the way in that tiny compartment. Which is however very spacious for a sub. The sailors must have been pissed off.

[personal profile] psychopathicus_rex 2010-06-26 08:23 am (UTC)(link)
I think there's more to the sub than that...
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[personal profile] sianmink 2010-06-26 04:21 am (UTC)(link)
Did someone ask for a Squirrel Girl team-up?
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[personal profile] jlroberson 2010-06-26 04:23 am (UTC)(link)
I didn't, but now that you mention it...that would be fun.
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[personal profile] halloweenjack 2010-06-26 06:51 am (UTC)(link)
Hey, I'm always ready for a Squirrel Girl team-up!

*looks around, clears throat*

Um. That is... well, you know.
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[personal profile] khamelea 2010-06-26 07:28 am (UTC)(link)
Their boss' last name is also Leader.
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[personal profile] cmdr_zoom 2010-06-26 05:41 am (UTC)(link)
Ah, the age when "transistors" were spoken of much like "nanotechnology" today. (Comic book "science" - magic by any other name.)
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[personal profile] btravage 2010-06-26 06:32 am (UTC)(link)
Hardly, have you seen the shit nanotech can do?
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[personal profile] cmdr_zoom 2010-06-27 07:04 pm (UTC)(link)
I've read about the stuff it might someday do, if a few dozen technical difficulties can be overcome (with "heat" right near the top, as it often is at that scale). Right now, we're still at the "playing with blocks and engraving tiny tiny corporate logos on stuff" stage. It's a long way from that to the Clarke's Law visions of matter fabbers and utility fog. Except in comics, of course.
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[personal profile] seriousfic 2010-06-26 06:24 am (UTC)(link)
So before booze, Tony Stark's greatest weakness was heterosexuality?
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[personal profile] tsunamiwombat 2010-06-26 06:40 am (UTC)(link)
It still is if you consider he's screwing every woman around him and getting them pissed off at him.

Actually, thats ALWAYS been his weakness. See She Hulk.
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[personal profile] schala_kid 2010-06-26 06:20 pm (UTC)(link)
Yes, that is, until he met Steve Rogers.
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[personal profile] valtyr 2010-06-26 06:42 pm (UTC)(link)
His greatest weakness appears to be 'attractive people'.

*considers Madam Masque*

Okay, his greatest weakness is... genitalia.

*considers the Sentient Armour*

I give up.
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[personal profile] seriousfic 2010-06-26 07:20 pm (UTC)(link)
I can't believe until it took until the second comment for someone to make a Steve/Tony reference. And the third to bring up Tony's Abusive Armor Boyfriend. S_D, I am disappoint.

[personal profile] psychopathicus_rex 2010-06-26 08:28 am (UTC)(link)
Oh, Tony, you great big idiot. 'There, there, miss nefarious foreign agent. I forgive you for trying to sabotage my plant and steal my secrets, for you are a beautiful woman who I have the hots for. Now, just to console you, here's ANOTHER thing you can steal from me - but you won't, of course, because little Tony is a very good judge of cha...rac... urrk... paralyzed... Dammit, li'l Tony...'

[personal profile] mad 2010-06-26 05:14 pm (UTC)(link)
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[personal profile] mad 2010-06-27 12:41 am (UTC)(link)
Yeah, I think so. It was just a little confusing given the stories within appear to be shorter.

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[personal profile] proteus_lives 2010-06-26 08:40 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh, those silly commies!