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Comic Book Questions Answered - Iron Man Numbering Snafu

Comic Book Questions Answered - where I answer whatever questions you folks might have about comic books (feel free to e-mail questions to me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com). Here is a link to an archive of all the past questions that have been answered so far.

Today we look at a question from reader Zach R:

I have a question for you, if you already haven't answered it - back in Volume 3 of Iron Man (89 Issues) issues 065 and 066 have the same numbers (410) when the old numbering system is applied which they had started doing again at this point, so both sets of numbers are on the cover. It is plain as day and I have never seen a reason of why this is. Because of this wouldn't the whole chronological order be off when they got to issue 500??

Read on for the answer!

Here are the issues in question...

However, Zach, while the next issue is incorrectly labeled #411...

By the following issue, it is corrected to #413...

So no harm was done by the mislabeling.

There WAS a little confusion, though, when it came to Iron Man being renumbered during the next volume...

For a while there, there were two Iron Man titles, Invincible Iron Man and Iron Man, Director of SHIELD. Iron Man, Director of SHIELD ended a few months after the new Invincible Iron Man series started. Its last issue was Iron Man, Director of SHIELD #35. However, when it came time to re-numbering Iron Man, there seemed to be three too many issues. Marvel answered the problem by noting that the final three issues of Iron Man, Director of SHIELD were really War Machine stories, so they ommitted them from the counting to bring the Iron Man numbering to the correct total...

Thanks for the question, Zach! If anyone else has a question, feel free to drop me a line at bcronin@comicbookresources.com

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