Iron Man (Tony Stark)

The Religious Affiliation of
Iron Man
Tony Stark

Religion: futurist; technophile; mostly secular; sometimes prays; Alcoholics Anonymous CBR Scale: I

Name: Iron Man

Alter Ego: Tony Stark

Other Names: Anthony Edward Stark; Iron Knight; Hogan Potts; Ironman; Ironheart; Iron Man I; Spare Parts; Howard; Iron Cross; Iron Giant; Iron Maniac

Classification: hero hero  

Publisher(s): Marvel

First Appearance: Tales of Suspense (vol. 1) #39 (Mar. 1963): "Iron Man Is Born!"

Creators: Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Don Heck

Super? (Has Super Powers/Special Abilities/Technology): Yes

Number of Appearances: 5,673

   Comic Book Appearances: 5,578

   TV, Film Appearances: 86

   Video Game, Computer Game Appearances: 9

Teams/Affiliations: Force Works; Illuminati; The Avengers; The Ultimates; Weapon X (Exiles)

Enemy of: The Mandarin, Blacklash, Iron Monger, Crimson Dynamo, Wraith

Ally: Pepper Potts
Ally: Happy Hogan
Ally: War Machine
Ally: Edwin Jarvis

Occupation: business owner, entrepreneur, government official, industrialist, inventor

Birth Place: Long Island, New York, USA

Race: white

Gender: male


BELOW: Impressed by the way Thor saved his fellow Ultimates, Iron Man jokes that he will become a Norse god himself:

"Wha . . . ?" Tony's eyes rolled in Nick's direction... "Everyone?"

"Yeah," Nick said. "Thor got them out."

..."That crazy son of a b----. He did, huh?"

Nick nodded. "Yeah, he did."

"Good for him... I'm going to quit this robot suit business and become a Norse god," Tony said through the chattering of his teeth.

Source: The Ultimates: Against All Enemies (2007), pg. 334. Written by Alex Irvine. See also: gods; Norse/Teutonic paganism; Iron Man (Tony Stark); Thor (Donald Blake)

BELOW: Nick Fury voices a hope he has about God putting an end to Tony Stark's penchant for verbal nonsense:

He'd lost Nick. "Sometimes I hope that God will one day decide that you can only shovel so much bullsh--," Nick said, "and then he's going to strike you dead."

"He might," Tony said. "He just might. But before he does, let's go into another room where I've set up a little presentation..."

Source: The Ultimates: Against All Enemies (2007), pg. 8. Written by Alex Irvine. See also: God; Iron Man (Tony Stark); Nick Fury

BELOW: Captain America and Iron Man exchange banter, with Cap calling Stark a "libertine"; Captain America is unimpressed by Tony's penchant for alcohol:

"And where can a guy get a drink around here?" Tony added.

"Can't help you there," the tech said.

"Barbarians," Tony said. "Steve, I'm surrounded by barbarians. Including you."

"Sometimes it's tough being a libertine," Steve said.

"Tony's eyebrows shot up. "A joke from Captain Flag, so close to our final confrontation with the alien menace? A joke including the word libertine? Good Lord. I'm starting to think I'm having an influence on you."

Steve ignored this, not even wanting to contemplate the question of how he might influence Tony, and how any possible channel of influence might run both ways. "Instead of a drink, you ought to have something to eat..."

Source: The Ultimates: Against All Enemies (2007), pg. 291. Written by Alex Irvine. See also: libertine; alcoholism; Hedonist; Captain America (Steve Rogers); Iron Man (Tony Stark)

BELOW: Tony mistakenly thinks Thor is quoting eddas (the primary source of Norse mythology, sometimes thought of as Norse/Teutonic scripture):

Thor took a deep breath, letting the smells of the land and the battle flood through him. As he exhaled, he said, "Here amid icebergs rule I the nations."

"Oh, God," Tony groaned. "Are we quoting eddas today?"

Thor shot him a grin. "No, that's Longfellow. He was a big fan of mine. Gotcha."

And then he raised Mjolnir and leapt down again, blood singing with the battle to come.

Source: The Ultimates: Against All Enemies (2007), pg. 302-303. Written by Alex Irvine. See also: scripture; Norse/Teutonic paganism; Iron Man (Tony Stark); Thor (Donald Blake); Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

BELOW: Captain America believes in the American people; he accuses Tony Stark of believing only in his "bank balance":

"...Who are 'the people,' anyway?"

"They're the ones I rode a Nazi rocket for," Steve said, moving even closer to Tony [Stark]. "They're the ones I got shot up with experimental chemicals for. They're the ones I pledge my life to, and if you're about to say that they don't know who I am and don't care what I've done, I'm here to tell you that doesn't matter. I believe in them. You don't believe in a damn thing except your bank balance."

"The people, huh?" Tony said. "Shouldn't you say der Volk?"

Faster than Fury could see, Steve leveled Tony with a pile-driver right hand...

Source: The Ultimates: Against All Enemies (2007), pg. 84. Written by Alex Irvine. See also: belief; greed; patriotism; Captain America (Steve Rogers); Iron Man (Tony Stark); Nazis

BELOW: Nick Fury refers to Tony Stark's new Chitauri-detection technology as "voice of God network thingamajig":

I got a guerrilla ant army out there, Nick thought, but no way to control it until Tony gets his voice of God networking thingamajig set up.

Source: The Ultimates: Against All Enemies (2007), pg. 253. Written by Alex Irvine. See also: God; Iron Man (Tony Stark); Nick Fury

BELOW: Tony Stark expresses frustration at Thor's "hippie canards" when Thor reveals Tony's recent subterfuge to their other teammates:

"All except for the part about the amplifier being fake," Thor said.

Clint looked from Thor to Tony to Nick, and then back to Thor. "What?"

"Sure. Ask him. There is no amplifier. He showed it to us, then put out a distress call to get us to come save it. Only . . . what's the best way to put it, Tony? Would you call it instilling brand loyalty?"

"Oh, for Christ's sake," Tony said. "You and your hippie canards. It worked, didn't it? And aren't you the one who called down lightning in the middle of my headquarters, with my employees all over the place? You can shove your sanctimony, too."

Source: The Ultimates: Against All Enemies (2007), pg. 269. Written by Alex Irvine. See also: Hippie; Iron Man (Tony Stark); Thor (Donald Blake); Mary Jane Watson

BELOW: In a bit of self-effacing reflection, Tony Stark thinks about his own lack of "moral fiber or ethical beliefs":

He pivoted in midair, reaching down. Thor would save himself, and Clint was a soldier . . . but he had to save Steve [Captain America]. Too many people needed Steve, and Tony Stark might have been a vain, alcoholic, dying playboy with no evident moral fiber or ethical beliefs, but he would have given his life in that moment to save Steve Rogers.

Source: The Ultimates: Against All Enemies (2007), pg. 331. Written by Alex Irvine. See also: belief; alcoholism; sacrifice; amoral; ethical; Non-Religious; Captain America (Steve Rogers); Iron Man (Tony Stark)

BELOW: Captain America considers Iron Man an "amoral boozehound":

A guy like that, Steve thought, everything done for him, everyone else bends over backward for him, and what is he? An amoral boozehound with a brain tumor. That's not the kind of person we need running things around here.

Source: The Ultimates: Against All Enemies (2007), pg. 115. Written by Alex Irvine. See also: alcoholism; amoral; Captain America (Steve Rogers); Iron Man (Tony Stark)

BELOW: Nick Fury knows that many important people in Washington, D.C. think of Tony Stark as an "alcoholic libertine":

Some of the agency types he was going to meet today were gung-ho about Tony's gizmo; some weren't; some were just professing outrage that an alcoholic libertine like Tony Stark had gotten hold of Chitauri tissue.

Source: The Ultimates: Against All Enemies (2007), pg. 16. Written by Alex Irvine. See also: libertine; alcoholism; Hedonist; Iron Man (Tony Stark)

BELOW: Tony Stark (Iron Man) contemplates the dark "secrets" of his fellow Ultimates:

Then again it wasn't like Banner was the only one whose character could be considered . . . murky. They all had secrets... Nick, our fixer, which of us will you throw under the bus the next time you need a favor from Capitol Hill? Banner's already gone. How long before you need another sacrificial lamb?

It won't be me, Tony thought.

Source: The Ultimates: Against All Enemies (2007), pg. 7. Written by Alex Irvine. See also: sacrificial lamb; Iron Man (Tony Stark); Nick Fury

BELOW: Homeland Security official Vince Altobelli refers to Tony Stark as a "dipsomaniac" (someone who drinks alcohol to excess):

Altobelli kept right on talking. "What I want to get on with is the question of how in the hell did Stark Industries, which is run by a for-Chrissake dipsomaniac playboy, get hold of Chitauri tissue?..."

Source: The Ultimates: Against All Enemies (2007), pg. 19-20. Written by Alex Irvine. See also: alcoholism; Iron Man (Tony Stark)

BELOW: After the Hulk (as Bruce Banner) flees the battle against the Avengers, his ally Sub-Mariner finds yet another reason to hate humanity: Namor exclaims: "He DESERTED me... BETRAYED me! Now I realize NO human can be trusted! I despise you ALL!"

After the Hulk (as Bruce Banner) flees the battle against the Avengers, his ally Sub-Mariner finds yet another reason to hate humanity

Source: The Avengers (vol. 1) #3 (Jan. 1964): "The Avengers Meet... Sub-Mariner!", pg. 25, panel 2. Written by Stan Lee. Art by Jack Kirby, Paul Reinman. See also: hate; betrayal; Iron Man (Tony Stark); The Sub-Mariner (Namor)

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This character is in the following 896 stories which have been indexed by this website:
The 3-Minute Sketchbook #1 (Oct. 2007)
A+X #2 (Jan. 2013): "Iron Man + Kitty Pryde" (lead character)
Adam: Legend of the Blue Marvel #1 (Jan. 2009): "Part One"
Alpha Flight (vol. 1) #40 (Nov. 1986): "Love" (only on cover)
The Amazing Spider-Man
The Avengers (2012)
Avengers / Thunderbolts
The Avengers
Avengers Academy #1 (Aug. 2010): "Permanent Record" (cover & 2-panel cameo)
The Avengers and the Thunderbolts (1998)
Avengers Annual
Avengers Assemble (vol. 1) #1 (July 2010)
Avengers Finale #1 (Jan. 2005)
Avengers Next #3 (Feb. 2007) (cameo)
Avengers Spotlight #29 (Feb. 1990): "Tales from the Vault, Part 3" (lead character)
Avengers West Coast Annual #8 (Sep. 1993): "If Volcanic Winter Comes..."
Avengers/Invaders #1 (July 2008): "Book One: Old Soldiers, New Wars"
Avengers: A Marvel Treasury (1982): "The Avengers"
Avengers: Deathtrap, The Vault (Sep. 1991): "Deathtrap, the Vault"
Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes
Avengers: The Initiative
Avengers: The Terminatrix Objective
Avengers: The Ultron Imperative #1 (Nov. 2001): "The Ultron Imperative"
AVX: VS #1 (June 2012): "The Invincible Iron Man vs. Magneto" (lead character)
Black Goliath #1 (Feb. 1976): "Black Goliath" (cameo)
Black Knight (vol. 2) #2 (July 1990): "In the Dread of Night" (cameo)
Captain America & the Korvac Saga #1 (Feb. 2011): "Strange Days"
Captain America
Captain America 70th Anniversary Magazine
Captain America and the Falcon
Captain America Annual
Captain America: Man Out of Time #5 (May 2011): "Part 5"
Captain America: Reborn
Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty #6 (Feb. 1999): "Iron Will"
Captain America: The Legend #1 (Sep. 1996)
The Champions
Civil War #6 (Dec. 2006)
Civil War: Battle Damage Report #1 (Mar. 2007)
Civil War: War Crimes #1 (Feb. 2007)
Classic X-Men #5 (Jan. 1987): "My Brother, My Enemy!" (mentioned)
Cloak and Dagger (vol. 2) #9 (Nov. 1986): "The Lady and the Unicorn" (only on cover)
Conspiracy #2 (Mar. 1998): "Print the Legend"
Contest of Champions II
Daredevil: Father #1 (June 2004): "Father's Day" (cameo)
Dark Avengers
Dark Reign: The List - Avengers #1 (Nov. 2009) (mentioned in text & seen in picture)
Dark Reign: Young Avengers
Dark Wolverine #75 (Aug. 2009): "The Prince: Part 1" (photo/picture/video)
Dark X-Men
Dark X-Men: The Beginning #3 (Oct. 2009): "Hidden Depths" (1-panel cameo)
Deadpool (vol. 3) #900 (Dec. 2009): "One Down" (toy)
The Defenders
Doctor Doom and the Masters of Evil #1 (Mar. 2009): "Doomed If You Do, Doomed If You Don't!"
Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme #1 (Nov. 1988): "Love is the Spell. The Spell is Death!" (cameo)
Doomwar #6 (Sep. 2010): "Doomwar, Part 6" (cameo)
Earth X #2 (May 1999): "Chapter Two"
Excalibur (vol. 1) #102 (Oct. 1996): "After the Bomb" (hologram)
Fallen Son: The Death of Captain America
Fantastic Four / Iron Man: Big in Japan
Fantastic Four
Fantastic Four: The World's Greatest Comics Magazine!
Force Works
Giant-Size Astonishing X-Men #1 (July 2008): "Gone"
Giant-Size Avengers
Giant-Size Captain America #1 (Dec. 1975): "Captain America" (mentioned)
Giant-Size Defenders #3 (Jan. 1975): "Games Godlings Play!" (cameo)
Giant-Size X-Men #1 (July 1975): "Call Him...Cyclops!" (mentioned)
Heroes for Hire
Hostess ad (Mar. 1977): "City Crisis" (lead character)
Hulk Smash Avengers
Hulk: Raging Thunder #1 (Aug. 2008): "Thundra at Dawn!" (cameo)
The Incredible Hulk (vol. 2) #600 (Sep. 2009): "Seeing Red" (3-panel cameo)
The Invincible Iron Man
Iron Man & Captain America Annual 1998 (Dec. 1998): "Life & Liberty" (lead character)
Iron Man & the Armor Wars #3 (Dec. 2009): "How I Learned to Love the Bomb" (lead character)
Iron Man
Iron Man and Sub-Mariner #1 (Apr. 1968): "The Torrent Without -- The Tumult Within!" (lead character)
Iron Man Annual
Iron Man: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. Annual #1 (Jan. 2008): "Regime Change" (lead character)
Iron Man: The Inevitable
Iron Man: The Iron Age
The Irredeemable Ant-Man #7 (June 2007): "Uninvited"
The Jack of Hearts #1 (Jan. 1984): "Murmer of the Heart..!" (cameo)
Journey Into Mystery (vol. 1) #116 (May 1965): "The Trial of the Gods!"
King-Size Hulk
Lego Marvel Super Heroes: Maximum Overload (2013)
Marvel Age Annual #1 (Jan. 1985)
Marvel Comics Presents
Marvel Double-Shot
Marvel Fanfare
Marvel Feature
Marvel Holiday Special #1 (Dec. 1991): untitled illustration
Marvel Holiday Special 1993
Marvel Knights (vol. 1) #1 (July 2000): "The Burrowers" (mentioned)
Marvel Knights 4
Marvel Knights Spider-Man
Marvel Legacy: The 1980s Handbook (Mar. 2007)
Marvel Premiere #47 (Apr. 1979): "To Steal an Ant-Man!" (cameo)
Marvel Super Hero Squad (20 Oct. 2009)
Marvel Super-Hero Contest of Champions
Marvel Super-Heroes
Marvel Super-Heroes Secret Wars
Marvel Team-Up
Marvel Two-in-One
Marvel Universe: Millennial Visions
Marvel Universe: The End
Marvel Year-in-Review #4 (1992)
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance (24 Oct. 2006)
The Marvels Project #1 (Oct. 2009) (1-panel cameo)
Maximum Security
The Mighty Avengers
Moon Knight Saga (Oct. 2009) (1-panel cameo)
Ms. Marvel
Mythos: Captain America #1 (Aug. 2008)
The New Avengers
The New Avengers 100 Project (May 2011)
New Avengers: Breakout (2013)
The New Mutants (vol. 1) #45 (Nov. 1986): "We Were Only Foolin'" (only on cover)
New Thunderbolts
New X-Men (vol. 2) #13 (July 2005): "Into the Light" (cameo)
newuniversal: 1959 #1 (Sep. 2008)
Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E. #5 (July 2006) (1-panel cameo)
Nova (vol. 1) #15 (Nov. 1977): "The Fury Before the Storm!" (someone disguised or dressed as)
The Order
Peter Parker: Spider-Man
Red She-Hulk #59 (Jan. 2013): "Hell Hath No Fury: Part Two"
Red She-Hulk: Hell Hath No Fury (Apr. 2013): "Hell Hath No Fury: Part Two"
Scarlet Spider (vol. 2) #5 (July 2012): "Pillar of Fire"
Secret Invasion: Dark Reign #1 (Feb. 2009) (mentioned)
Secret Wars II
Sleepwalker #3 (Aug. 1991): "Theater of Madness!" (dream)
Spider-Man & Iron Man: Sabotage (1997) (lead character)
Strange Tales
Sub-Mariner Special #1 (Jan. 1971): "Imperious Rex!!"
Super-Villain Team-Up #14 (Oct. 1977): "A World For the Winning!"
Tales of Suspense
Tales of the Marvel Universe #1 (Feb. 1997): "War Machine" (mentioned)
Tales to Astonish (vol. 1) #59 (Sep. 1964): "Enter: The Hulk"
The Thing (vol. 2) #8 (Aug. 2006): "Last Hand"
Thunderbolts: Life Sentences #1 (July 2001): "Life Sentences"
The Torch
Ultimate Captain America Annual #1 (Dec. 2008): "Training Day"
Ultimate Spider-Man #90 (Apr. 2006): "Silver Sable: Part 5: "Hey, wait up!! You can't just leave now!""
The Ultimates (vol. 1) #1 (Mar. 2002): "Super Human"
The Ultimates: Against All Enemies (2007)
Ultraforce / Avengers #1 (Fall 1995): "Becoming More Like God"
Ultraforce / Avengers Prelude #1 (July 1995): "The Swords Are Drawn..."
The Uncanny X-Men
Union Jack (vol. 2) #3 (Jan. 2007): "London Falling, Part 3" (cameo)
Untold Tales of Spider-Man
Venom (vol. 2) #13.3 (Apr. 2012): "Circle of Four: Part Four" (vision)
Warheads #3 (Aug. 1992): "Metamorph"
Werewolf by Night
The West Coast Avengers
What If...? (vol. 2) #112 (Sep. 1998): "Brave Old World"
What If? (vol. 1) #28 (Aug. 1981): "Matt Murdock, Agent of...S.H.I.E.L.D."
Wolverine (vol. 3) #43 (Aug. 2006): "Revenge"
The X-Men
X-Statix #24 (Aug. 2004): "The Good and the Famous, Part 6: Mr. Sensitive vs. Iron Man" (lead character)
X-Treme X-Men
Young Avengers

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