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It was the height of the Cold War. The readers, the young readers, if there was one thing they hated, it was war, it was the military So I got a hero who represented that to the hundredth degree.
He was a weapons manufacturer, he was providing weapons for the Army, he was rich, he was an industrialist I thought it would be fun to take the kind of character that nobody would like, none of our readers would like, and shove him down their throats and make them like him And he became very popular.
Stan made it very much an in-your-face wound, you know, his heart was broken, you know, literally broken. But there's a metaphor going on there. And that's, I think, what made that character interesting. He was an inventor, an adventurer, a multi-billionaire, a ladies' man and finally a nutcase.
The covers were always done first. The character's original costume was a bulky gray armored suit, replaced by a golden version in the second story issue 40, April It was redesigned as sleeker, red-and-golden armor in issue 48 Dec. As Heck recalled in"[T]he second costume, the red and yellow one, was designed by Steve Ditko.
I found it easier than drawing that bulky old thing. The earlier design, the robot-looking one, was more Kirbyish. Lee later regretted this early focus.
From issue 59 Nov. Lee and Heck introduced several adversaries for the character including the Mandarin in issue 50 Feb. We didn't get much fan mail from girls, but whenever we did, the letter was usually addressed to Iron Man.
The character has since appeared in every subsequent volume of the series. Writers have updated the war and locale in which Stark is injured. In the original story, it was the Vietnam War.
In the s, it was updated to be the first Gulf War and in the s updated again to be the war in Afghanistan. Stark's time with the Asian Nobel Prize -winning scientist Ho Yinsen is consistent through nearly all incarnations of the Iron Man origin, depicting Stark and Yinsen building the original armor together.
Where The Fantastic Four and The Incredible Hulk respectively focused on American domestic and government responses to the Communist threat, Iron Man explored industry's role in the struggle.
Tony Stark's real-life model, Howard Hugheswas a significant defense contractor who developed new weapons technologies. Hughes was an icon both of American individualism and of the burdens of fame. Where earlier decades had seen important technological innovations come from famous individuals e.
Issues of entrepreneurial autonomy, government supervision of research, and ultimate loyalty figured prominently in early Iron Man stories — the same issues affecting American scientists and engineers of that era.
This blow is symbolized by his chest wound, inflicted at the moment he is forced to invent things for the purposes of others, instead of just himself.
To Genter, Stark's transformation into Iron Man represents Stark's effort to reclaim his autonomy, and thus his manhood. The character's pursuit of women in bed or in battle, writes Genter, represents another aspect of this effort. The pattern finds parallels in other works of s popular fiction by authors such as " Ian Fleming creator of James BondMickey Spillane Mike Hammerand Norman Mailerwho made unregulated sexuality a form of authenticity.
This initial series ended with issue Sept. This volume took place in a parallel universe  and ran 13 issues Nov. Issue 41 June was additionally numberedreflecting the start of dual numbering starting from the premiere issue of volume one in The final issue was dual-numbered as On the final three issues, the cover logo was overwritten by "War Machine, Weapon of S.
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