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name: Anthony "Tony" Stark Occupation: Inventor, Industrialist
Identity: Secret Legal status: Citizen of the United States
with no criminal record Place of birth: Long Island, New York Marital
Status: Single Known Relatives: Howard (father, deceased), Maria
(mother, deceased), Morgan (cousin) Group affiliation: Avengers Base of operations: Seattle, Washington First appearance: TALES
OF SUSPENSE #39
History: Anthony Stark, son of industrialist
Howard Stark, demonstrated his mechanical aptitude and inventive genius at a very
early age, enrolling in college electrical engineering program at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology at the age of 15. When he was 21, he inherited his father's
business, Stark Industries, and within a few years turned it into a multimillion-dollar
industry complex whose chief contracts were for weaponry and munitions for the
Stark was sent to Vietnam to supervise a field test for
one of his tranistorized weapons. While he was there Stark
trip on a booby trap and a piece of shrapnel was lodged
in his chest. The gravely injured Stark was taken captive
by the Communist leader Wong-Chu, and was informed that
within a week the shrapnel would penetrate his heart and
kill them. Wong-Chu offered Stark at deal: if he built the
Communist a powerful weapon, want to allow Stark to undergo
an operation to save his life. Stark agreed, hoping to gain
time and access to tools.
Stark was given access to a small laboratory in communist
territory with another captive, the renowned Oriental physicist
Professor Ho Yinsen. With the incense help Stark designed
and built an electrically powered suit of armor and equipped
with heavy offensive weaponry. The armor also contained
pacemaker like device which enables Stark's heart to keep
beating after the shrapnel entered it. Donning the suit,
Stark connected it to its power source, an electrical generator.
Lying on a table Stark was helpless until the suit was fully
charged. His captor, Wong-Chu, sensed something was amiss
and came to investigate with armed men. Realizing he was
sacrificing his life, Professor Ho Yinsen went out to confront
Wong-Chu, to give Stark the extra time he needed to charge
the armored suit fully. As the Iron Man Stark avenged Yinsens
death and scattered Wong Chu's guerilla troops. Then, still
clad in his armor, which was necessary to keep his heart
beating, stark made his way to the jungle, trying to escape
James Rhodes, a pilot in the United States Marines who
was stationed in South East Asia, had been shot down in
the jungle nearby Communist rockets while he was on a reconnaissance
mission. Rhodes managed to land safely and was attempting
to get his helicopter air worthy when he encountered Iron
Man. After Iron Man help Rhodes fight off an attack by communist
forces, Rhodes allowed him to drain helicopters batteries
to recharge his armor. The to attract to the jungle together,
finally discovering a hidden Communist rocket base. Stealing
an enemy helicopter, they destroyed the base and flew to
the nearest American base.
Back in the United States, Stark redesigned his chest plate,
which contained a pacemaker like device, reducing the chest
plates size and wait so he could wear it under his normal
clothing. Required to wear the armor is just played at all
times to keep his heart beating, Stark decided to put to
rest of the armor to regular use as well. After redesigning
the entire armored suit to match the letter chest plate,
Starks made the existence of the suit public. He concealed
the suits true origin, as well as the fact that he himself
had to wear the chest plate to live. Stark made it known
that he would soon manufacture the arts suit, which he called
"the human machine," for sale for the public.
Soon afterward, Stark donned one of his battle suits in
order to prevent thieves from stealing parts of the other
copies of it. This experience made him realize that the
suit was too dangerous to me made available to the public.
The next day Stark revealed what had happened to him in
Southeast Asia to Joanna Nivena, who was then his fiancée.
Together they attended a tennis match in Forest Hills, N.Y.
that afternoon. Stark brought along his armor, which he
was taken to nearby laboratory for tests. The match was
invaded by terrorists who threaten to kill everyone present
with a bomb. Joanna urge Stark to don the armor to stop
terrorist. Stark did sell, captured the terrorist, and save
the spectators when the bomb went off by throwing himself
atop the bomb. Iron Man thus publicly became a hero, and
Stark had a new sense of purpose, having decided to combat
evildoers as Iron Man.
to retain some degree of anonymity, Stark established the
fiction that Iron Man was is paid bodyguard wearing a suit
of armor that he had invented. Only his most trusted aides
learned Stark and Iron Man were one and the same.
At first Stark used his Iron Man identity only to combat
spies and criminals who threaten Stark industries. Later,
he expanded the scope of his alter egos activities to battle
any force or person who friend the security of America or
the world. Stark was instrumental in the organization and
are meant of the original World intelligence and law-enforcement
agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., and as Iron Man he became
a founding member of the team of super human champions known
as the avengers. Stark donated his Manhattan mansion to
the avengers for their exclusive use.
Over the years Stark constantly refined and modified the
design of his armor. From all balky, transistorized Iron
suit, Iron man eventually bald are relatively lightweight,
integrated circuit, magnetically polarized suit with more
human looking articulated musculature. Stark's natural genius
at theoretical mechanics has enabled him keep his suit of
armor at the state of the art. Stark eventually underwent
heart transplant so that he was no longer obligated to wear
his metallic chest plate.
Stark eventually decided for moral reasons no longer to
manufacture are meant and devote his company to other areas
In recent years Tony Stark's greatest nemesis has been
alcoholism. As a wealthy socialite, alcohol had been a constant
part of his life. When his company, which had changed its
name from Stark Industries to Stark international, was threatened
with the takeover at the same time he was experiencing oppressive
personal problems, Stark began to abuse out all. Although
he managed to recover quickly from his first serious bout,
the compulsion to drink remained a constant temptation.
The second time he succumbed to alcoholism, the to even
more devastating personal problems than the first time,
Tony Stark went out on a several month binge during which
he was cheated out of Stark international, he lost all the
armor except one suit (the rest for destroyed), lost the
leases on his various departments, and had his personal
assets frozen so that he could not touch his fortune. All
these results of the machinations of the mysterious European
entrepreneur Obadisiah Stane, who took over Stark's company,
renaming it stained international.
During this time Starks friends, James Rhodes, who had
gone to work for Stark after leaving the military, assumed
custody of the Iron Man are and operated as Iron Man in
When Stark finally regained his sobriety, he joined with
Rhodes and two of his friends, Worley Irwin (late of Stark
international) and his sister Clytemnestra Erwin of Richmond
enterprises to set up a new electronics firm in Californian
named Circuits Maximus in its brief existence Circuits Maximus
became a prestigious and successful firm.
While the armor was in his custody, James Rhodes became
increasingly enamored of being Iron Man, and, upon Stark
return to sobriety, fear that stark would ask for it back.
However, the severe headaches caused by the fact that the
cybernetic helmet had never been properly adjusted to roads
brain patterns, began to store roads thinking. As result
roads began to manifest hostility toward Stark. As work
therapy Stark constructed a simple suit of armor based on
his original design with no intention of donning it until
he felt in control of his alcoholism when roads began acting
rationally, however, Stark felt obligated to put on this
crude suit of armor to prevent roads from doing harm. Stark
managed to subdue roads and made unnecessary recalibrate
shins on the cybernetics. For a brief time Stark inroads
use their respective suits of armor as Iron Men, although
Stark did so reluctantly. At the suggestion of the West
Coast avengers chairman Hawkeye, Stark designed and built
his most sophisticated armor to date, presumably so that
the avengers could find someone to where and bolster the
However, soon after completion, Obadiah Stane, alarmed
at Starks steps toward recovery, bombed Circuits Maxus injuring
roads and killing Morley Erwin. Design vengeance, Stark
dawned the untested new armor and sought out Stane. Stane
himself put on a suitor farmer his engineers had built using
Starks plans, and met Iron Man in battle as the Iron Monger.
Losing the battle against Stark, Stane committed suicide.
Stark decided that although one is never truly cured of
alcoholism, he could also not the nine response abilities
of being Iron Man. He resumed his career as Iron Man and
joined the New West Coast division of the avengers.
Stark also managed to reclaim control of his fortune, although
he decided not to claim ownership of the company formally
known as Stark international. Rather, he founded a new technological
design and manufacturing company, Stark enterprises, based
in Silicon Valley in Southern California. Stark enterprises
quickly became a highly successful and innovative company.
Stark learned that before his death the industrials by
calling self Spymaster had stolen the plans for the many
secret technological innovations Stark to devise annualized
in his Iron Man are. Spymaster's had then turn these plants
over to Stark most powerful and antagonistic business rival,
Justin Hammer, in turn, had made available to many criminals.
These criminals had then incorporated the stolen technological
innovations into their own armored battle suits. Oh raged
that his inventions were being used for criminal activity,
and even for killing, Stark determined to deprive these
criminals of his secrets. He planted a computer virus in
Hammer's computer system that would wipe out all traces
of the plans for Starks Iron Man technology. As Iron Man
Stark sought out and caught many criminals and others (such
as the United States government's Guardsmen) who wore battle
suits utilizing his technology, implanted devices on their
armor that to use the circuits, rendering the suit useless.
With the computer records of the plans for his technology
gone, presumably it could not be used in reconstructing
the suits. Iron Man accidentally killed the second titanium
man (also known as the gremlin) in the course of these "Armor
Wars." United States government branded Iron Man as
an outlaw as a result of these and vigilante actions, and
Stark publicly claimed that he had fired Iron Man in displeasure
over his illegal activity. Shortly afterward, Iron Man was
apparently destroyed in combat with government forces.
In fact, however, Stark had survived. He created an even
more sophisticated armored battle suit to wear as Iron Man,
using technology far in advance over that which spymaster
had stolen from him. Star continued to go into action as
Iron Man, but he publicly claimed that the previous Iron
Man was dead and that another employee of his whose identity
is being kept secret was now wearing the armored suit.
Later, Stark was shots by Kathleen Dare, a former lover
of his with an unstable mind. The gunfire severely injured
Starks spying, and it appeared here be crippled the rest
of his life, and able to walk. He could, however, still
function normally within his Iron Man armor. The microchip
device was later implanted in Stark spine that enables him
to walk a move normally once again.
Height: 6 ft. 1 in. Weight: 185 lbs. Eyes: Blue Hair: Black
Strength level: Without his armor Tony Stark possesses
the normal strength of a normal human man his age, height,
and build who engages in moderate regular exercise. His
armor magnifies Stark strength to superhuman levels, enabling
him to lift (press) roughly 85 times.
Known superhumanpowers: none
Other abilities: Tony Stark is a genius who is a
responsible for numerous major discoveries, inventions,
and other achievements in various areas of technology.
Weapons and paraphernalia: Iron Man wears a sophisticated
suit a body armor containing various offensive weaponry.
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