Iron Man

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EXCL. PREVIEW: Tony Stark is... Spider-Man(?!) in "Invincible Iron Man" #10

Thu, May 26th
By CBR Admin Team

Tony is super confused when Zhang forces him to put on a Spider-Man mask in Brian Michael Bendis & Mike Deodato's "Invincible Iron Man" #10.

For These Cute Rice Ball Superheroes, the Greatest Foe is Lunchtime

Fri, May 20th
By Kevin Melrose

A Thai food artist makes whimsical rice balls of such characters as Iron Man, Batman, Superman, Captain America and Baymax.

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All This Tony Stark Action Figure is Missing is a Tiny Glass of Scotch

Thu, May 19th
By Kevin Melrose

"Has Iron Man Ever Lifted Thor's Hammer? Anyone Else?" and More Comic Book Questions Answered

Sun, May 15th
By Brian Cronin

Marvel Studios Films Have Grossed Over $10 Billion Worldwide

Sun, May 15th
By Anthony Couto

"Civil War's" 8 Greatest Ramifications on the Marvel Universe

Sun, May 15th
By Anthony Couto

This Stark Industries Messenger Backpack Boasts Its Own Arc Reactor

Sat, May 14th
By Kevin Melrose

"When Did Iron Man & Cap First Fight Over Superhuman Registration?" & More Firsts

Sat, May 14th
By CBR News Team

"Civil War" Fan Film Has Iron Man Taking on Captain America In First-Person

Wed, May 11th
By Anthony Couto

Iron Man's Hidden Reason for Supporting "Civil War's" Superhuman Registration

Tue, May 10th
By Brian Cronin

"Captain America: Civil War's" Mother Lode & Bonds Beyond Race

Mon, May 9th
By Joseph Phillip Illidge

SPOILERS: Marvel Kicks Off "Civil War II" With Major Casualties

Sun, May 8th
By Brendan McGuirk

That Time Iron Man Provoked a War With Atlantis to End "Civil War" & More Plots Best Forgotten

Sat, May 7th
By CBR News Team

Captain America & Iron Man Legends Revealed!

Sat, May 7th
By Brian Cronin

Comic Book Legends Revealed: Were Cap & Iron Man Originally on Opposite Sides in "Civil War?"

Fri, May 6th
By Brian Cronin

Top Five Captain America/Iron Man Fights

Fri, May 6th
By Brian Cronin

"Captain America: Civil War" Hasbro Legends Set Includes Spider-Man's New Suit

Thu, May 5th
By Lauren Gallaway

It’s Mech Vs. Tech As Optimus Prime Takes Iron Man to "Super Power Beat Down"

Tue, May 3rd
By Kiel Phegley

Jon Favreau Doesn't Rule Out Directing Another Marvel Movie

Sat, April 30th
By Kevin Melrose

When Did Iron Man Become Tony Stark's Bodyguard?

Fri, April 29th
By Brian Cronin

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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