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In-story Information


Anthony "Tony" Edward Stark


Iron Man


Stark Industries
Mighty Avengers
New Avengers
West Coast Avengers
Department of Defense
Force Works


Armor grants:

  • superhuman strength
  • flight
  • regeneration
  • energy repulsors.


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Publication Info


Marvel Comics

Created by

Stan Lee
Larry Lieber
Don Heck
Jack Kirby

First Appearance

Tales of Suspense # 39 (April 1963)

Born Anthony Edward "Tony" Stark, he is an industrialist playboy and genius engineer who suffers a severe heart injury during a kidnapping in which his captors attempt to force him to build a massively destructive weapon. He instead creates a powered suit of armor to save his life and escape captivity. He later decides to use the suit to protect the world as Iron Man. Through his multinational corporation, Stark Industries, Tony created military weapons and his own metal suit is laden with technological devices that enable him to fight crime. Initially, Iron Man was a vehicle for Stan Lee to explore Cold War themes, particularly the role of American technology and business in the fight against communism. Subsequent re-imaginings of Iron Man have gradually removed the Cold War themes, replacing them with more contemporary concerns such as corporate crime and terrorism.

Recommended Comics[]

Tales of suspense #39

Marvel Super-Heroes v2 #8 Winter Special

What if v2 #64

Iron Man v3 #1-25

Iron Man / Captain America '98

Iron Man 1999

The Iron Age #1-2 (1998)

Iron Man / Captain America Casualties of war

Civil War : the confession

Director of shield annual #1

Iron Man vol. 1

  • #114-158 (include Demon in a bottle)
  • #120-128 'Demon in a Bottle' (David Michelinie)
  • #160-208
  • #215-232 'Armor Wars' (David Michelinie)
  • #149-150, #249-250 'Doomquest' (David Michelinie)

Iron Man vol. 4

  • #1-18
  • #1-6 'Extremis' (Warren Ellis)
  • #15-18 'Director of SHIELD' (Charles and Daniel Knauf)
  • #21-28 'Haunted' (Charles and Daniel Knauf)

Ultimate Universe

  • Ultimates (Mark Millar)
  • Ultimates 2 (Mark Millar)
  • Ultimate Human (Warren Ellis)
  • Ultimate Armor Wars (Warren Ellis)


  • Iron Man: Enter the Mandarin (Joe Casey)

Technical Manuals

  • Iron manual
  • All-new iron manual
  • Iron Manual Mark 3