Iron Man is a fictional superhero who appears in American comics published by Marvel Comics. The character was co-created by writer and editor Stan Lee, developed by screenwriter Larry Lieber, and designed by artists Don Heck and Jack Kirby. He made his first appearance in Tales of Suspense # 39 (March 1963), and received his own title in Iron Man # 1 (May 1968).

Anthony Edward Stark known as Tony Stark, a billionaire American business magnate, playboy and resourceful scientist, who suffered a serious chest injury during a kidnapping. When his captors try to force him to build a weapon of mass destruction, he instead creates armor to save his life and escape captivity. Later, Stark develops his suit, adding weapons and other technological devices that he designed through his company, Stark Industries.. He uses the suit and successive versions to protect the world as Iron Man. Although he initially concealed his true identity, Stark eventually stated that he was, in fact, Iron Man in a public announcement.

Initially, Iron Man was nothing more than a Stan Lee concept in order to explore Cold War themes, particularly the role of American technology and industry in the fight against communism. Subsequent reimagines of Iron Man have moved from Cold War motifs to contemporary issues of the time, such as terrorism, corruption, and crime in general.

FIRST APPEARANCES

The character was co-created by writer and editor Stan Lee, developed by scripter Larry Lieber, and designed by artists Don Heck and Jack Kirby. The character made his first appearance in Tales of Suspense #39 (cover dated March 1963), and received his own title in Iron Man #1 (May 1968).

POWER and ABILITIES

Iron Man possesses powered armor that gives him superhuman strength and durability, flight, and an array of weapons. The armor is invented and worn by Stark (with occasional short-term exceptions). Tony Stark is an inventive genius whose expertise in the fields of mathematics, physics, chemistry, and computer science rivals that of Reed Richards, Hank Pym, and Bruce Banner, and his expertise in electrical engineering and mechanical engineering surpasses even theirs. He is regarded as one of the most intelligent characters in the Marvel Universe.

ORIGIN STORY

Anthony Edward Stark is the son of wealthy industrialist and head of Stark Industries, Howard Stark, and Maria Stark. A boy genius, he enters MIT at the age of 15 to study engineering and later receives master’s degrees in engineering and physics. After his parents are killed in a car accident, he inherits his father’s company. Stark is injured by a booby trap and captured by enemy forces led by Wong-Chu. Wong-Chu orders Stark to build weapons, but Stark’s injuries are dire and shrapnel is moving towards his heart. His fellow prisoner, Ho Yinsen, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist whose work Stark had greatly admired during college, constructs a magnetic chest plate to keep the shrapnel from reaching Stark’s heart. In secret, Stark and Yinsen use the workshop to design and construct a suit of powered armor, which Stark uses to escape. During the escape attempt, Yinsen sacrifices his life to save Stark’s by distracting the enemy as Stark recharges.

ENEMIES & ROGUES

Iron Man has a multitude of rogues. These include The Mandarin, Baron Zemo, Obadiah Stane, Crimson Dynamo, Count Nefaria, Justin Hammer, and Fin Fang Foom

ALLIES

His usual partners include Ironheart, War Machine, Spider-Man and Captain America. He is affiliated with  the Avengers, A.I. Army, Department of Defense, Force Works, New Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Illuminati, Mighty Avengers, S.H.I.E.L.D., Stark Industries, and Stark Resilient.

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