Real Name: Anthony (Tony) Stark
First Appearance: Tales of Suspense #39 (March 1963)
Powers: Uses an Armored Suit Equipped with Repulsor Beams, Weaponry, and Flight
Affiliation: Avengers, Illuminati
Enemies: Mandarin, Crimson Dynamo, Most Avenger Enemies, Alcohol
Love Interests: Pepper Potts and most women in the Marvel Universe
Did You Know: According to Stan Lee, Tony Stark was based on Howard Hughes.
A Little History
Iron Man was a character created for the comic book “Tales of Suspense”. His character first appeared in issue #39 in March of 1963.
While in Vietnam (in the comics and Afghanistan in the movies), Tony was taken captive by a group of soldiers and forced to make weapons for them. He did not do it alone though as he had the assistance of a fellow captor named Yensin. To escape their capture, Tony and Yensin devised a plan and built a suit of armor that Tony could wear. This armor allowed Tony the capabilities required to fight an army.
What I haven’t told you was that just before he was captured he tripped a booby trap that caused shrapnel to be lodged in his body. Along with the armor, he and Yensin created a device to help keep the shrapnel that was now in his bloodstream away from his heart. Tony and his armor were immediately able to dispose of the army that held he and Yensin captive. Now free, Tony realized that he would have to permanently wear the device under his clothes to keep himself alive.
Realizing that the old, clunky, gray suit would not be enough to:
- Keep him alive
- Fight crime effectively
- Perform (think what you want to think)
Tony created the now infamous red and gold Iron Man suit.