Iron Man is a superhero who appears in comic books
published by Marvel Comics. The character was created by writer-editor
Stan Lee, developed by scripter Larry Lieber, and designed by artists
Don Heck and Jack Kirby. He made his first appearance in Tales of
Suspense #39 (March 1963).
An American billionaire playboy, industrialist and ingenious engineer,
Tony Stark suffers a severe chest injury during a kidnapping in which
his captors attempt to force him to build a weapon of mass destruction.
He instead creates a powered suit of armor to save his life and escape
captivity. He later uses the suit and successive versions to protect the
world as Iron Man. Through his corporation ― Stark Industries ― Tony has
created many military weapons, some of which, along with other
technological devices of his making, have been integrated into his suit,
helping him 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 transitioned from Cold War themes to contemporary
concerns, such as corporate crime and terrorism.
Throughout most of the character's publication history, Iron Man has
been a member of the superhero team the Avengers and has been featured
in several incarnations of his own various comic book series. Iron Man
has been adapted for several animated TV shows and films. The character
is portrayed by Robert Downey, Jr. in the live action film Iron Man
(2008), which was a critical and box office success. Downey, who
received much acclaim for his performance, reprised the role in several
Marvel Cinematic Universe films, including two Iron Man sequels and The
Avengers (2012). Iron Man was ranked 12th on IGN's Top 100 Comic Book
Heroes in 2011.
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