Iron Man

Features

This Stunning Hulkbuster May Have All Those Other Figures Beat

2 days ago
By Kevin Melrose

Sentinel International has unveiled its highly articulated Re:Edit Hulkbuster figure, which comes with a high price to match.

This Asgardian Iron Man Armor Is Better Than Anything Tony Stark Has

Tue, June 30th
By Kevin Melrose

Armor and costume fabricator Prince Armory has revealed a beautiful one-of-a-kind Asgardian Iron Man suit, made from leather and brass hardware.

Articles

Marvel and Disney Want "Iron Man" Copyright Suit Dismissed Or Moved

Fri, June 26th
By Kevin Melrose

Iron Man After RDJ: What Will Marvel Do?

Mon, June 22nd
By Brett White

Iron Sides: Watch Iron Man's Cinematic Armor Evolve Before Your Eyes

Sat, June 20th
By Brendan McGuirk

Forget Tony Stark, You Can Print Your Own Iron Man Action Figure

Thu, June 18th
By Kevin Melrose

Axel-In-Charge - 6/12

Fri, June 12th
By Axel Alonso

"Double Lucky" Iron Man S6 Edge Sells for $91,600 in China

Fri, June 12th
By Kevin Melrose

Bendis Discusses Armoring Up with "Invincible Iron Man"

Tue, June 9th
By Dave Richards

Bendis & Marquez to Relaunch "Invincible Iron Man" Under All-New, All-Different Marvel

Sat, June 6th
By Albert Ching

The Wrong Side: Did Hawkeye Just Take Down Iron Man -- and The Hulk??

Fri, June 5th
By Brian Cronin

Marvel Releases Teaser Image for "All-New, All-Different Marvel Universe"

Wed, June 3rd
By CBR News Team

Disney's Playmation Lets Kids Become Iron Man

Tue, June 2nd
By Kevin Melrose

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

Sat, May 30th
By Brian Cronin

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

Fri, May 29th
By Brian Cronin

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

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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