Stan Lee was Marvel Comics head-editor in 1963 and designed Tony Stark, AKA Iron Man, to be a businessman/superhero that embodied the negative stereotypes of that era in regards to 'capitalists,' and then set out to turn the idea on its head. From this start, Iron man was further developed by writer Larry Lieber, and the visuals were originated by Don Heck and Jack Kirby.
The first appearance of the Iron Man character was in Tales of Suspense #39 (March 1963).
Although there have been a number of Marvel superhero films (but generally not controlled by Marvel) predating the 2008 Iron Man with Robert Downey Jr., this was the film that kicked off the onslaught of superhero films, and especially the Marvel-style superhero film. Downey's performance and the direction by Jon Favreau opened up a new style that depended more on the classic Marvel Comics attitude (and expanded on this in a way that the Sony Pictures Spider-Man movies had not completely exploited) while still playing out the traditional superhero story.
First appearance of Iron Man from 1963. See the Kirby/Don heck cover enlarged.
Tales of Suspense #39,1963
Tales of Suspense #39, March 1963, Art by Don Heck and Stan Goldberg
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Invincible Iron Man 1
Aug 2016: Calling the new female replacement of Tony Stark "Iron Maiden 'looked like a legal nightmore' says Marvel. So she'll be going by the name "Iron Heart."
Classic Iron Man
Source: Company Tumblr
Invincible Iron Man #7
George Tuska Art
Art by Michael Golden
International Iron Man 3
Art by Alex Maleev
Iron Man 4 - is Robert Downey Jr. wrong?
Article at Movie News:
"There are three films set to be released by Marvel Studios in 2020. The production company has yet to confirm the titles of these films, but fans speculate that one of them is “Iron Man 4.”
...it is rumoured that Robert Downey Jr. will play the title role in “Sherlock Holmes 3.” His co-stars are said to be Rachel McAdams as Irene Adler and Jude Law as Dr. John Watson."
Robert Downey Jr To Be Replaced In ‘Iron Man 4’?
Article at Morning News:
"Iron Man 4 may feature Harley Keener, played by Ty Simpkins, in the role. He was there in Iron Man 3 as someone who helped Tony Stark track down the Mandarin. There are strong rumors that he will be talking up the role. However, there is no confirmation yet.
...The contract of Robert Downey Jr. with the franchise has ended after Iron Man 3. He mentioned in an interview, “I also recognize that I’ll be turning 50 by the time I promote this movie. The clock is ticking down on the amount of memories and participation that I would allow myself and not embarrass the medium with.”
Art by Michael Cho
Iron Man vs. The Freak
Iron Man #3, July 1968, Marvel Comics. Cover art by Johnny Craig of "The Freak."
Iron Man vs War Machine
Iron Man vs War Machine by Salvador Larroca
Iron Man #94, January 1977. Jack Kirby cover art, Al Milgrom inks.
Wear Tony Stark's Business Suit
Movie outfit worn by Robert Downey Jr in the Ironman film. Sold for $2,250.00 USD last May at icollector.com.
Iron Man Concept Art
Unused Age of Ultron Iron Man designs - source: Superhero Feed
Iron Man by Frank Cho
Ironman 3 vs Man of Steel
Iron Man 3 film breaking records
Downey's Shellhead and Paltrow's Pepper Pott's face down director Shane Black's Iron Man 3 villains in the fourth cinematic outing with Downey in the suit.
[Above] Cover and page from Invincible Ironman issue #5, art by Adi Granov
Iron Man 3 - Extreme Tech Figure
Lego Iron Man
Lego magazine cover for June 2013 issue featuring their Iron Man products and kits. See the whole cover.
Artwork by Jason Kang - web site here
Art by Adi Granov
Iron Man Movies
Iron Man Suit
Iron Man Comics
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