Iron Man

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EXCLUSIVE: "International Iron Man" #6 Cover Flashes Back to Baby Tony Stark

Yesterday
By Anthony Couto

CBR has the exclusive cover reveal for next month's issue of "International Iron Man" that digs into Tony Stark's mysterious parentage.

The Top 10 Times Fictional Characters Invaded San Diego Comic-Con

Mon, July 18th
By Chris Gates

SDCC is a blast for fans, creators, and celebrities, and some of your favorite characters want in on the fun!

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Maleev Debuts Doctor Doom's "Infamous Iron Man" Armor Concept Art

Fri, July 15th
By Stephen Gerding

New Iron Man Riri Williams Prompts Wave of "Invincible" Marvel Sellouts

Mon, July 11th
By Kiel Phegley

Axel-In-Charge: Marvel NOW! Gets Young & Hungry with "Champions" and the New "Iron Man"

Fri, July 8th
By Axel Alonso

Single Black Female Iron Man, and the Competing Narratives

Thu, July 7th
By Joseph Phillip Illidge

"Batman V Superman," "Star" Wars & "Iron Man 3" Exclusives Explode From Hot Toys

Thu, July 7th
By TJ Dietsch

EXCLUSIVE: First Look at the Armor for Marvel's New Teenage, Female Iron Man

Thu, July 7th
By Brandon Staley

POLL: Are You Looking Forward to the All-New "Invincible Iron Man" by Bendis & Caselli?

Wed, July 6th
By Stephen Gerding

New Hero Armors Up In "Invincible Iron Man" Relaunch From Bendis, Caselli

Wed, July 6th
By Brett White

Mystery of Tony Stark's Parentage Thickens in "International Iron Man" #5 Preview

Fri, July 1st
By Stephen Gerding

This Venom Action Figure Comes With Poseable Tongue (Yes, You Read That Right)

Sun, June 26th
By TJ Dietsch

Ghostbusters Meet Avengers' Hulkbuster in Fun LEGO Build

Thu, June 23rd
By Chris Gates

New Marvel NOW! Teaser Shatters Ms. Marvel to the Core

Wed, June 22nd
By Anthony Couto

EXCLUSIVE "Civil War II" Tie-ins for "Captain America," "Iron Man" & More in September

Mon, June 20th
By CBR News Team

This Iron Man Figure Comes With the Ultimate Accessory: a Couch

Mon, June 13th
By Kevin Melrose

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

Thu, May 26th
By CBR Admin Team

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

Fri, May 20th
By Kevin Melrose

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

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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