Synopsis for “When Titans Clash”
The story begins with Tony Stark in his offices musing to himself about the impossibility of marrying Pepper Potts and the rightful happiness of his friend Happy Hogan as he informs them of his taking leave to demonstrate the company’s new missile system at an out of town military test site. While away showing off the new Mangler missile capabilities, the Flushing, New York plant site finds its security breached by a brazen common burglar who goes by the name of Weasel Wills. In the process of rifling the after-hours offices he finds the left behind attaché case of Tony stark containing the latest Iron Man armor. The burglar discovers its contents immediately and their value and dons the armor himself whereby he walks out of the plant concealed in the armor and raising nary a notice from the security guards.
Out and away from the plant the criminal Wills learns about the functions of the armor and then sets to using them in a crime spree robbing banks and loot while securing himself and it away in a lair that the armor has allowed him to burrow underground. The audacity of the crimes and the figure involved as being the hero Iron Man stirs up vast attention in the press and by the authorities such that that it reaches the notice of Tony Stark away on his trip. Realizing the source of this new menace is his own armor mislaid and pilfered he speeds back to New York and dons his remaining Iron Man armor before he created the current Red and Yellow version. Determined but unaware of the actual identity of the armor’s user the plan that Tony Stark sets to lure him out is to tap into the radio frequency of the Iron Man armors and transmit a threat and challenge to the thief to meet in an deserted plant at night.
Confident and curious as to what means might be used against him in the future the thief in armor gets the drop on the waiting Tony Stark pacing about in his old bulky yellow armor. Despite the speed and greater power of the new yellow and red armor the fight between the two armors that ensues turns on Tony Stark’s knowledge, experience and ultimately a ploy to exhaust the power supply of the armor. Having cut all power access in the plant Stark gambles that he could goad on an attack that will leave his opponent drained while he conserves his. In victory Tony Stark is resigned that the police who are rushing to the scene will learn of his secret identity as Iron Man from the criminal but upon questioning about how Wills got the armor Wills undermines all of his credibility with claiming that he made it himself when he is known as being nothing more than a petty thief. The story ends with the secret of Iron Man secure and friends and authority relived that the real Iron Man hasn’t turned bad.