By Matt Powell
In 1939, the company that would become Marvel Comics got it's start, and now, 70 years later, we're still standing tall and commemorating seven decades of excitement! As part of the celebration, each Tuesday we will take a look at a landmark Marvel character, including vital stats, origin and biography in 60 words or less, essential issues you can find on Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited and more! So remember: don't just Make Yours Marvel, Make Yours '39!
NAME: Iron Man
REAL NAME: Anthony Edward "Tony" Stark
HEIGHT 6'1"; (in armor) 6'6"
WEIGHT 225 lbs.; (in armor) 425 lbs
FIRST APPEARANCE: TALES OF SUSPENSE #39 (1963)
Severely injured from shrapnel buried near his heart during an East Asian excursion and captured by hostiles, Tony Stark freed himself using a suit of armor he created while imprisoned.
Tony's remarkable brilliance has led him to become a billionaire industrialist, an Avenger, and even the Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. Constantly upgrading his armor, Tony remains on the cutting-edge of justice.
-TALES OF SUSPENSE #39 (1963): The first appearance and origin of Iron Man
-IRON MAN #128 (1981): Tony succumbs to alcohol abuse
-IRON MAN #1 (2005): First encounter with the Extremis virus
-CIVIL WAR #7 (2007): Tony becomes Director of S.H.I.E.L.D.
-INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #6 (2008): Tony battles Ezekiel Stane
Within his dozens of armor upgrades, Tony Stark has specific armors to combat the Hulk and Thor, should they become hostile.
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