Respected as both a brilliant scientist and a ruthless businessman, Howard Stark was destined to be a great success, to help shape the 20th century, and to serve as both a role model and a haunting presence in the life of his Super Hero son, Tony.
Titan of Industry
Born and raised in Richford, New York, Howard Anthony Stark was heir to a railroad dynasty, and used his vast talents in science to expand and enrich the family business. He and his father founded Stark Industries, which specialized in engineering and technology, eventually gaining a widespread reputation as a company on the cutting edge.
During World War II, Stark Industries worked with the U.S. government on various programs intended to help defeat the Axis powers, including the Manhattan Project—the top-secret development of the atomic bomb—which led to victory for America and its allies. Through his company Stark Aircraft, Howard sought to innovate aviation by creating new, more advanced airplanes.
After the war, Stark continued his involvement in global affairs—but on a far greater scale. As a member of the Brotherhood of the Shield—an ancient organization created to keep Earth safe—he played a key role in defending the planet from supernatural and extraterrestrial threats.