Harold Joseph “Happy” Hogan
The Living Cobalt Time-Bomb, the Walking Bomb, Iron Man, the Freak, “Hap”
Secret (as Iron Man and the Freak)
Place of Birth
Brooklyn, New York
Tales of Suspense #45 (1963); (Freak) Tales of Suspense #74 (1966); (Iron Man) Tales of Suspense #84 (1966)
5'11" (as Freak, 7'9")
221 lbs. (as Freak, 789 lbs.)
Brown (as Freak, black or red)
Brown (as Freak, none)
While hired as security chief for Stark International, Happy continued to pose as Iron Man at times to protect Tony’s identity. During this time Happy suffered his third and most monstrous transformation into the Freak, but was again depowered and told he was completely cured. The Hogans moved to Colorado, where they tried ranching, before settling in Cleveland, Ohio. Happy found work as a fight manager and he and Pepper became foster parents to a young boy and girl.
Happy and Pepper faced financial difficulties and unemployment, and once again, the couple struggled with their relationship. Happy turned inward and began to drink excessively. Mistakenly believing Happy was cheating on her, Pepper had an affair with a high school friend, severely damaging the marriage. The two divorced.
Happy experienced an awkward reunion with his ex-wife working under Tony's new business Stark Solution, where Pepper was also employed. Over time, Happy and Pepper were able to put their past behind them. They remarried and tried to start a family. The Hogans remained with Tony at Stark Industries following the failure of Stark Solutions. Pepper became pregnant, but was assaulted by Iron Man's armored enemy Ayisha and suffered a miscarriage. Pepper never told Happy about her pregnancy, and the absent communications resulted in a new strain on their relationship. Happy began drinking heavily again, and became angered when Tony accidentally revealed the pregnancy to him. Storming away from Tony, Happy was accidentally struck by snipers firing on Stark, but survived the attack.As Tony became the primary proponent of the controversial Superhuman Registration Act, he was targeted by a new incarnation of the assassin Spymaster (Sinclair Abbot). Happy protected Tony from an attack by Spymaster, but sustained a massive head trauma during the fight. Happy was placed on life-support with severe brain injuries. Pepper begged Tony to use his ability to discretely interface with the life-support machines to “pull the plug” and end her husband’s suffering. After much hesitation and soul-searching, Stark complied, and Happy passed away.
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