Iron Man

Features

Here Are Your Favorite NFL Players as Your Favorite Superheroes

Sat, February 28th
By Ben Kaye

Professional athletes are like real world superheroes, but what if your favorite NFL stars actually donned the personas of comic book heroes?

Batman and Iron Man Square Off Over "Dawn of Justice" Disagreement

Wed, February 25th
By Kevin Melrose

Classic arcade versions of Iron Man, Captain America, Batman and Superman square off over their upcoming movie team-ups, "Civil War" and "Dawn of Justice."

Articles

Downey Shares New "Avengers: Age of Ultron" Poster, Promises Big Announcement

Wed, February 25th
By Albert Ching

Ride In Superhero Style With These Custom Motorcycle Helmets

Mon, February 16th
By Kevin Melrose

ICYMI: The Most Disappointing Comic Book Movie Sequels of the Last 10 Years

Sun, February 15th
By Philip Pirrello

Jeff Bridges says Iron Monger wasn't supposed to die in "Iron Man"

Sat, February 7th
By Ben Kaye

"Scriptnotes" & Sex Columnist Dan Savage Discuss the Problem with Marvel's Sexless Superheroes

Fri, February 6th
By Meagan Damore

Man 3D prints functional Hulkbuster armor

Sat, January 31st
By Meagan Damore

Taylor Discusses Iron Man's "Superior" Attitude

Wed, January 21st
By Dave Richards

Spider-Man, Iron Man Named Mardi Gras Parade Grand Marshals

Tue, January 13th
By Kevin Melrose

Toy Photos Share Detailed Looks at "Age of Ultron" Iron Man Armor, Ultron Mark 1

Mon, December 15th
By Stephen Gerding

Comic Book Legends Revealed: "Batman: Year One," Iron Man's MySpace Debt

Fri, November 21st
By Brian Cronin

Iron Man Becomes a "Diabetes Hero" in Marvel's "Early Warnings"

Wed, November 19th
By Kevin Melrose

Dad Helps Infant Son "Feel Brave" With "Baby Iron Man" Costume

Tue, November 11th
By Kevin Melrose

Marvel Introduces Hearing-Impaired Hero Sapheara

Tue, October 21st
By Kevin Melrose

Marvel's New "Armor Wars" Teaser Features Iron Man's Galactus-buster Armor

Fri, October 17th
By Stephen Gerding

PREVIEW: Taylor, Cinar's "Superior Iron Man" #1

Thu, October 16th
By CBR News Team

Downey Joins "Captain America 3," Marvel to Kick Off Cinematic "Civil War"

Mon, October 13th
By Kiel Phegley

Robert Downey Jr. Confirms "Iron Man 4"

Tue, October 7th
By Steve Sunu

Robert Downey Jr. Talks "Iron Man 4," Suggests Mel Gibson as Director

Fri, October 3rd
By Kevin Melrose

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

Previews

Reviews