This particular Iron Man story was written by Keith Chapman, whom Archive readers will know best as western writer, Chap O'Keefe.
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The Iron Man who appeared in British comics
in the 1960s bore little relation to Marvel’s Iron Man.
For a start, he looked human and only Tim Branton,
the nephew of his creator, the late Professor
Wentworth Farrad, knew he was a robot stronger than
a hundred men and with a wonderful brain that
could take in and process complex information.
He was nothing like Lion comic’s long-running Robot Archie
either,who was charmingly clunky in a 1950s
weekly in 1963. When that comic was incorporated with its
more famous stablemate, Eagle, in 1964, the Iron Man became a
fixture there till Eagle itself was absorbed into Lion in the IPC
rationalizations of 1969.
The stories in Boys’ World and Eagle were of the British serial
pattern typical of the times—an episode every week
culminating in a cliffhanger.
But for complete stories we can look to the annuals, where we
find this four-page item from Eagle Annual 1967, drawn by
the Iron Man’s usual artist, Martin Salvador,
and published in late 1966.
Salvador’s early work had been for Chicos, a famous comic in
his home country, Spain.
His best-known achievement in that publication
was a western, Mendoza Colt. In 1956,
when barely out of his teens,
he began drawing for British comics, working through
SI Artists, a Barcelona-headquartered agency.
His work appeared in Amalgamated Press
(Fleetway) comics like Sun Comic,
Cowboy Picture Library (Buck Jones), and
Thriller Picture Library (Robin Hood and Dick Daring).
After his stint on the Iron Man, Salvador’s work
popped up in the United States, in the
Warren black-and-white horror comics, Creepy
(standalones) and Eerie (Curse of the Werewolf).
Later, he drew for European Saint and
James Bond comic-books published
in Sweden by Semic Press.
His style is recognized internationally
by comics collectors whether the story
is in the western, historical, war,
horror, or techno-thriller genres.