While some celebrate those teeth-filled fish with fins, we here at Marvel have decided to showcase the armored hero who always wins (well, most of the time). Welcome to the wonderful world of Stark Week as we set sail on a five-day journey focusing on Tony Stark's best moments in his 56-year career!
To kick the festivities off, let's dive in to some of Stark's greatest stories over the course of his nearly six decades in Marvel Comics. Iron Man made his initial bow about a year into the nascent Marvel Universe in 1962 when he made his first appearance in TALES OF SUSPENSE #39. He began racking up a wild rogues gallery and the following year, he co-founded the Avengers! Since then he's gone on to become not just one of the smartest people on the planet, but a lynchpin player in just about every mega-event. Here are the seven stories you definitely need to read!
Debuting in TALES OF SUSPENSE #39, Iron Man came to life thanks to Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, and Don Heck. While dealing with Communists and Vietnam, weapons manufacturer Tony Stark was ambushed in the jungle by Wong-Chu and his men then imprisoned with a chest full of shrapnel. His captors wanted Tony to build weapons for them, but instead he worked with Professor Yinsen to build the original Iron Man armor to escape. Over the next several issues Stark repainted and then fully redesigned his armor, fought an alien robot, confronted communism and tangled with Jack Frost, Crimson Dynamo, Melter, and the Mandarin. For a more modern retelling of these early days, you can also check out IRON MAN: SEASON ONE by Howard Chaykin and Gerald Parel.