- Thanks for showing me how hard it is ... for forcing me to realize alcohol is my problem.
- -- Tony Stark
Appearing in "Once and Avenger, Always an Avenger!"
- Michael "Mikey" Kirlanski (First appearance) aka "Iron Man"/Kettle-Head
- Pre Teen Versions of the Avengers (First appearance)
- Blackie Donovan (First appearance)
- Officer Kelly
Synopsis for "Once and Avenger, Always an Avenger!"
A kid's version of the Mighty Avengers located in Brooklyn, tell their version of Iron Man, Mikey, that he must leave the team. The group realizes that in real life Iron Man had resigned from the Avengers and they feel they must have their version of Iron Man leave also. Mikey sadly throws his uniform away. However, the local bully, "Blackie Donovan", dons the suit and impersonates MIkey and performs random acts of thievery and intimidation. In order to restore his good name, Mikey, back in his Iron Man garb, confronts and pummels the bully as his former Avenger team-mates watch. At the conclusion, realizing the mistake they have made, the team re-instates Mikey as their Iron Man.
Appearing in "Struggle!"
- Obadiah Stane (Mentioned)
- Ozzie J Sanborn
- Fred (Mention)
Synopsis for "Struggle!"
Tony Stark has been sobered up and is in a doctor's office. The doctor urges Stark to quit drinking or he will soon die. Stark is soon back on the streets and is questioned by two policemen. During his questioning, Stark denies that he is an alcoholic. One officer bets Stark $50, that he cannot stay sober until midnight. Stark takes the bet and struggle mightily during the day. Other homeless people, including his future romantic interest Gretl, urge him to drink. He also goes to the apartment of Vic Martinelli who chides Stark for his sad state of affairs. Stark does make it to midnight. Although he realizes that alcohol is a problem for him, he thanks the officer for making him realize his problem.
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