Iron Man

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Was James Rhodes Marked for Death in "Iron Man" #199?

2 days ago
By Brian Cronin

With Tony Stark battling back from addiction during Denny O'Neil's "Iron Man" run, did Marvel originally plan to kill off his replacement?

Comic Book Legends Revealed: Did Marvel Consider "West Coast X-Men?"

3 days ago
By Brian Cronin

Learn how close we came to a West Coast spin-off of the X-Men! Plus, did Rhodey almost die? And did a Marvel character miss his own final issue?

Articles

Iron Man Figures Reimagined as Hello Kitty, Batman & More

Thu, May 28th
By Kevin Melrose

Samsung's Galaxy S6 Edge Iron Man Limited Edition has Arrived

Tue, May 26th
By Kevin Melrose

"When Iron Man Used a Slide Rule to Save the Day" & More Blasts From the Past

Sat, May 16th
By Brian Cronin

China's 20-foot Iron Panda Puts the Hulkbuster to Shame

Thu, May 14th
By Kevin Melrose

How Iron Man Defeated a Being Made of Energy By Blasting Her with Energy

Sat, May 9th
By CBR News Team

How Much Does It Cost To Be Iron Man? (You Can't Afford It)

Fri, May 1st
By Kevin Melrose

This Iron Man Helmet Is Actually A Bluetooth Speaker

Mon, April 27th
By Kevin Melrose

TOYING AROUND: Ultron, Star Wars & DC Super Hero Girls!

Sat, April 25th
By TJ Dietsch

Artists Sue Marvel, Disney Over "Iron Man" Armor Design

Fri, April 24th
By Kevin Melrose

Iron Man Fan Creates Working Gauntlet With Lasers, Sound Effects

Thu, April 23rd
By Kevin Melrose

Christopher Reeve Vs. Robert Downey Jr. -- And the Winner is...

Tue, April 7th
By Brian Cronin

Christopher Reeve or Robert Downey Jr.? It's the Finals!

Mon, April 6th
By Brian Cronin

"Avengers: Age of Ultron" Limited Edition 3D Glasses Really Pop

Sun, April 5th
By Ben Kaye

Tony Stark Is Livin' Large With Hot Toys' 20-Inch Iron Man Figure

Wed, April 1st
By Kevin Melrose

Earth's Mightiest Youngsters: 8 Teenage Avengers

Sun, March 29th
By Brett White

TOYING AROUND: Hawkeye, Iron Man, Flash, Arrow & More!

Sat, March 28th
By TJ Dietsch

Hot Toys Unveils Iron Man Mark VII Stealth Mode Figure

Fri, March 27th
By Kevin Melrose

Michelinie Talks Ant-Man, Iron Man's Alcoholism, "BOZZ Chronicles" & More

Wed, March 25th
By Alex Dueben

Biography

Iron Man

The invincible Iron-Man made his first appearance in April of 1963 in the pages of “Tales of Suspense” #39. Writers Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, and artist Don Heck brought Jack Kirby's character design to life when they told the story of millionaire playboy and industrialist Tony Stark and a fact finding mission to Viet-Nam, where Stark’s inventions were being used by the military. Stark is critically injured by a land mine and is captured by the Viet Cong. His captors demand that Tony create a weapon for them, but shrapnel near his heart leaves him with only one choice: create a weapon to defeat his enemies and save his life at the same time. With the help of fellow captive Dr. Ho Yinsen, Tony constructs the bulky, gray prototype of the Iron-Man armor (equipped with a powerful electro-magnet to draw the shrapnel away from his heart) and defeats his foes. Sadly, Dr. Ho sacrifices himself to save Tony the time he needs.

A story so tightly tied to a particular era of American history has a tendency to date the origins of the character, so the war in question has become more and more vague over the years. Added to the origin was a chance encounter with a wounded soldier, pilot James Rhodes, who becomes Tony’s life-long friend and confidant. Rhodes himself served as Iron-Man for a time before donning armor of his own as War-Machine. The Iron-Man supporting cast was rich with supporting characters appropriate to a wealthy businessman: a gorgeous red-head secretary in the form of Pepper Potts, a rough and tumble driver named Happy Hogan, and a variety of sexy super-spies on both sides of the cold war like Nick Fury and Black Widow. This jet-setting, character driven storyline made Iron-Man a hit. He was a founding (and long time member) of the Avengers and appeared in every corner of the Marvel Universe.

Like his allies, Iron-Man’s villains were almost always drawn from the front page news. Foreign agents, Femme Fatales and disgruntled inventors topped the list. The frustrated inventor turned assassin Whiplash is one such villain and will join Black Widow and War-Machine in the May 7th 2010 feature film sequel “Iron-Man 2” starring Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Mickey Rourke, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Don Cheadle. The film is the second in a planned trilogy by director Jon Favreau. Iron-Man (and Robert Downey Jr.) are also to be featured in the ambitious 2012 release of “The Avengers.” - Brian Eason

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