MAN OF STEEL? NO, IT'S IRON MAN; the Conflicted Superhero Leaps from Comic to Big Screen

By Mcginty, Robert | The Florida Times Union, May 2, 2008 | Go to article overview

MAN OF STEEL? NO, IT'S IRON MAN; the Conflicted Superhero Leaps from Comic to Big Screen


Mcginty, Robert, The Florida Times Union


Byline: ROBERT MCGINTY

In the Marvel Universe of comic book characters, Tony Stark as Iron Man is one of the most powerful and intelligent - and conflicted - humans who ever lived.

But he also has something in common with your reckless, drunk aunt who used to go flying off in her Buick on Friday night.

He has struggled with heart problems and alcoholism. He has battled communist plots, murderous supervillains and vicious alien races. He's gotten rich, lost it all and gained it back again. He's on top due to pure American genius and hard work, but even when he tries to do the right thing, his allies are wary of his influence.

In other words, he's a perfect character for a summer action flick.

FIVE MOST IMPORTANT MOMENTS FOR IRON MAN

John B. Comerford of the Advanced Iron e-zine lists the five most important moments from 40 years of Iron Man comic books. Advanced Iron has been around for 25 years as a resource on all things Iron Man. It can be found online at advancediron.org.

THE ORIGIN

Tales of Suspense 39, 1963

The roots of the origin have been modified over the years (otherwise he would be almost 70 by now), but it was originally set in Vietnam. Tony Stark builds a suit of powered armor that both protects his stricken heart and overpowers his captors.

EARTH'S MIGHTIEST HEROES

Avengers 1, 1963

Cements his place as a major player in the Marvel Universe when he gathers several of the most powerful heroes into a supergroup. The Avengers were like DC's Justice League, only more dynamic.

DEMON IN A BOTTLE

Iron Man 120-128, 1979

Marvel characters always had a human side, but Tony Stark's struggles with alcoholism were unique for a comic book. It showed him as a superhero and a human, and remains a part of his character today.

THE ARMOR WARS

Iron Man 225-232, 1987

A defining storyline in which Stark reclaims his stolen technology, which had been used to commit crimes. He tries to set things right with a moral authority that alienates friends and opens the eyes of his enemies.

CIVIL WAR

Civil War 1-6 and Iron Man Vol. …

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