Tony Stark was a genius playboy billionaire industrialist until a battlefield explosion left him with a damaged heart that threatened to kill him. Captured by the enemy forces, he is forced into manufacturing weaponry to aid them. Instead he secretly designed and built a suit of armor (IN A CAVE! WITH A BOX OF SCRAPS!) to keep his heart beating and to escape from his captors, and in the process became the superhero known as Iron Man. The character first appeared in Tales of Suspense #39 (March, 1963), created by writers Stan Lee, and Larry Lieber, along with artists Don Heck and Jack Kirby. He has served as the protagonist of several series since that time.
Notable Comic Storylines
- Armor Wars
- The Crossing (crossover with The Avengers)
- Heroes Reborn: Iron Man (set in the Heroes Reborn universe)
- Civil War
- Iron Man 2020 (Event)
- Iron Man (2020, Ongoing)
- The Invincible Iron Man
- Iron Man: Rise of Technovore
- Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher
- Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United
- Iron Man & Captain America: Heroes United
- Marvel Cinematic Universe, played by Robert Downey Jr.:
- Marvel Super Heroes: War of the Gems
- Marvel vs. Capcom
- X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse (unlockable character)
- Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects
- Marvel Ultimate Alliance
- Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2
- Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order
- Marvel Heroes
- LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
- LEGO Marvel's Avengers
- Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (also called Disney Infinity 2.0)
- Disney Infinity 3.0
- Iron Man VR
- Marvel's Avengers
- The Marvel Super Heroes
- Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends (guest-star)
- Iron Man
- Spider-Man: The Animated Series (guest-star)
- The Incredible Hulk (1996) (guest-star)
- The Avengers: United They Stand (guest-star)
- Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes (guest-star)
- Iron Man: Armored Adventures
- The Super Hero Squad Show
- The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes!
- Ultimate Spider-Man (guest-star)
- Avengers, Assemble!
- Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. (guest-star)
- Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel
- Guardians of the Galaxy (2015) (guest-star)
- Marvel's Spider-Man (guest-star)
- M.O.D.O.K. (2021)
Tropes in all adaptations
- The Alcoholic: One of his flaws. Not only did it appear in the comic as the famous storyline "Demon in a bottle", he gets hammered in Iron Man 2.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Tony can be an asshole, but he usually means well.
- Powered Armor: His powers come from one that he built.
- Science Hero: A hero who uses science and technology (which, after all, he used to build his armor) to save the day.