Celebrating the Legacy of Tony Stark, Iron Man! He’s the original self-made hero, a futurist with an eye towards innovation – to help cover 50+ years of armored adventures, we’re breaking down Iron Man’s entire history...in 592 issues! Get all caught up before reading Tony’s Legacy relaunch in Invincible Iron Man #593, brought to you by creators Brian Michael Bendis and Stefano Caselli!
Iron Man in Numbers
Iron Man (1968) #1-332
Five years after his debut in Tales of Suspense (1951) #39, founding Avenger Iron Man launches into his titular ongoing. Socialite Whitney Frost is seeking out ol’ Shell-Head…but first our hero must stand alone against A.I.M. and an army of three Iron Men – all replicated from Stark’s design!
Iron Man (1996) #1-13
Tony Stark stands at the top of his game (and with a staff of familiar faces!), having developed Stark Industries into Stark International. But when a field test for an armored pilot ends in death, Stark’s public persona takes a beating while he remains cocky and detached. And when Tony starts pushing away those closest to him, a relapse into his old ways seems imminent…read on for #2 – Hulk vs. his boss, Iron Man!
Iron Man (1998) #1-89
Iron Man is back…from the dead! Following his extradimensional seclusion in Heroes Reborn (see HEROES REBORN: THE RETURN 1997 #1), Tony Stark propels back into the spotlight, restoring his business and even New York City. But his ‘bodyguard’ Iron Man is put to work in short order – there’s been an attack at Avalon Trading Company by the Death Squad, and their appearance signifies greater threats to come…
Iron Man (2004) #1-35
Tony Stark gets a 21st century update by comic greats Warren Ellis and Adi Granov. Following his imprisonment in Afghanistan (and the development of new, cutting-edge armor), Iron Man is at the cusp of a ‘New World Order’. But a nanite serum has been introduced to the weapons market, a virus that overrides human biology giving way to meta-human makeovers. Is Extremis a Utopian promise...or the next frontier in war?
Invincible Iron Man (2008) #1-33 & 500-527
Iron Man goes full throttle in this Eisner-winning series! Check out Tony in his new day job – as Director of S.H.I.E.L.D.! But first, a danger emerges in the form of Ezekiel Stane, son of Tony’s greatest nemesis Obadiah. “Zeke” is younger, faster and smarter than Stark. He’s also the mastermind behind terrorist acts carried out by arc reactors…the same tech that powers Iron Man.
Iron Man (2012) #1-28
It’s the worst possible scenario. The Extremis tech is loose and on the open market to the highest bidder. Tony will need to tap into his greatest streak of brilliance yet to combat this latest wave of weaponry. This series also features “The Secret Origin of Tony Stark”, a bizarre, cosmic arc revealing an alternate story behind Tony’s birth!
Superior Iron Man (2014) #1-9
Iron Man, Messiah? Tony Stark seems to think so, especially since his personality’s been inverted by the events of Axis! Now, Stark’s darkest traits have been amplified, namely his egotism and recklessness. Perfection. Beauty. Immortality. The Superior Iron Man offers the citizens of San Francisco all that and more…but at too great a cost. Daredevil guest-stars!
Invincible Iron Man (2015) #1-14
The Invincible Iron Man reaches cinematic peaks as penned by Brian Michael Bendis. Tony Stark has found a way to synthesize all of his Iron Men armor into one extraordinary suit. And just in time – Madame Masque is back on the criminal underground in pursuit of a mystical relic that could usher in Doomsday! Plus, stay tuned for Ironheart’s first appearance! And later, the kickoff to Civil War II!
Invincible Iron Man (2016) #1-11
Meet Riri Williams – the new armored avenger filled with brains, guts, iron AND heart! Following the events of Civil War II, fifteen-year old Riri inherits the Iron Man armor from a comatose Tony Stark. Empowered with super genius intellect and the A.I. of Tony’s consciousness, is Riri ready to take flight as Ironheart, Hero of Tomorrow?
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