Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial

Occupation: Alien invader

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: None

Enemies: An unidentified magician

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: An unidentified alien world

First Appearance: Tales Of Suspense I#31/1 (July, 1962)

Powers/Abilities: The Monster in the Iron Mask possessed superhuman strength (class 5?), and was virtually indestructible. Its one weakness was to poison and gas.

History: (Tales Of Suspense I#31) - The Monster in the Iron Mask was sent to Earth by his people to prepare the way for an invasion by softening up humanity. He appeared before a young boy and ordered him to tell humanity of his power, and also mentioned that his one weakness was poison and gas, but that his air-tight mask made him immune to such attacks. The military engaged the monster, and found that he was immune to their bullets and shells. They finally resorted to an atomic bomb, but even this proved useless.

At that point, a stage magician realized that the Monster's claim of immunity to poison and gas was a case of sleight-of-hand -- his "mask" wasn't really an air-tight mask, it was actually his real face! The magician encouraged the military to try tear gas against the Monster, and it proved to be effective. The Monster retreated from Earth in his vessel, admitting defeat.

Comments: Created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers.

Oddly enough July, 1962 was also the debut of Dr. Doom. Kirby must have really liked the design of Doom's mask.

by Prime Eternal

The Monster in the Iron Mask should not be confused with:

Images taken from:
Tales Of Suspense I#31, page 4, panel 2
Tales Of Suspense I#31, page 4, panel 1

Last updated: 05/23/04

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