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Appearing in "The Sea Shall Give Up its Dead"

Featured Characters:

  • Force Works (First appearance)
    • Iron Man (Anthony Stark) (First appearance)
    • War Machine (James "Jim" Rhodes) (First appearance)
    • Spider-Woman (Julia Carpenter) (First appearance)
    • Hawkeye (Clint Barton) (First appearance)
    • Century (First appearance)
    • Wanda Maximoff (First appearance)
    • U.S.Agent (John Walker) (First appearance)

Supporting Characters:

  • Veronica Benning (First appearance)
  • Younger


  • Mandarin (Zhang Chan) (First appearance)
  • M.O.D.O.K. (George Tarleton) (First appearance)
  • Dreadknight (Bram Velsing) (First appearance)
  • Blacklash (Mark Scarlotti) (First appearance)
  • Blizzard (Donny Gill) (First appearance)
  • Grey Gargoyle (Paul Duval) (First appearance)
  • Whirlwind (David Cannon) (First appearance)
  • Fin Fang Foom (First appearance)
  • Hypnotia (First appearance)
  • Justin Hammer (First appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Karkov (First appearance)
  • Gletkin





Synopsis for "The Sea Shall Give Up its Dead"

As billionaire inventor Tony Stark undergoes a physical therapy session at Stark Enterprises, the superhero team Force Works defends his armory against an attack by the disciples of the Mandarin. Leaving his therapist Veronica to secretly join the battle, Stark dons his armor and becomes Iron Man, helping the team to repel the attackers, who soon retreat.

Meanwhile, off the coast of Norway, sailors Gletkin and Captain Karkov on board the Russian submarine Prometheus investigate unidentified sounds in the cargo holds. There they are confronted by an intruder, Hypnotia, who paralyzes the sailors with her hypnotic powers, while a timer device she has installed counts down. Departing the sub with her breathing gear, she watches as the vessel begins to sink.

Afterwards, the Mandarin receives news of the failed attack on Stark's armory within his throne room, where he punishes his disciple Blizzard with a blast from one of his rings of power. However, he is pleased to hear of Hypnotia's success on the Prometheus, which he believes will give him access to Stark's armory, despite its defences. Mandarin then turns to a video monitor to check on his ally Justin Hammer, rival industrialist to Stark, who is presently in England to attend the opening of his undersea Hammer Tunnel.

Back at Stark Enterprises, Force Works learn from U.S. Admiral Younger of the danger that lurks in the Prometheus and fly to its last known location off the coast of Scotland via Hex Ship. Iron Man makes a preliminary search of the area using his undersea armor, while War Machine and the Hex Ship wait above. However, Iron Man is ambushed by the Mandarin's forces, after which the rest of Force Works join the battle using their own underwater gear.

While the two groups battle, Blizzard emerges from the Prometheus, having planted a second device on board. Leaving nothing to chance, the Mandarin summons the alien dragon Fin Fang Foom, while his other disciples retreat. The dragon heads toward a vulnerable Iron Man, now trapped beneath rocks, as Force Works move to block its path. However, Fin Fang Foom suddenly departs, leaving Force Works to seek medical attention for Iron Man.

At Stark Enterprises, Stark recovers at the armory hospital. Despite War Machines protestations, he immediately gets to work analyzing a green slime-like substance that they recovered from the site of the Prometheus. Stark learns that Mandarin intends to detonate this substance and transform the Russian sailors on board into an army of "zombie" slaves. He then deduces that the new Hammer Tunnel due to open in Great Britain at noon, must factor into this plot.

As London's Big Ben chimes at high noon, the Mandarin finally awakens the Russian sailors from their cocoons, now transformed into radioactive zombie warriors.


  • This issue adapts "And The Sea Shall Give Up its Dead", the first episode of Iron Man: The Animated Series, from the teleplay by Ron Friedman.
  • The story is partially reprinted in the flip-book comic Marvel Action Hour Preview #1. Ending on a cliffhanger, a final message invites the reader to witness the story's conclusion in the TV episode, featured on the 1994 show Marvel Action Hour.


  • The title is a reference to the Bible verse Revelation 20:13: "And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works."
  • Differences from the TV episode include the appearances of U.S. Agent and the Hex Ship, and the 1-year time jump between Hypnotia's attack on the Prometheus and the later investigation by Force Works.

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