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Name: Tony Stark


Height: 6'6"

Weight: 425 lbs.

"You can copy the armor, but you'll never match the man inside."

Anthony Stark was a millionare playboy who founded Stark Industries, the largest weapons manufacturer in the United States. While field testing one of his latest weapons in Vietnam, Tony and his group were attacked by enemy forces. Tony was struck in the chest by a piece of shrapnel from an exploding bomb, and he was taken captive. He was forced to develop a super weapon for his captors, but he secretly used their laboratory to develop a mangetic chest plate that would keep the shrapnel in his chest from piercing his heart and killing him. He ended up designing an entire iron suit that he used to escape his captors, and he returned to the States. He was forced to continue to wear the iron chest plate, for if he removed it the shrapnel would kill him. He turned his curse into a productive blessing, and became Iron Man, a superhero devoted to protecting the innocent. He constantly upgraded his armor, utilizing repulsor rays, augmenting his strength to great levels and giving him the ability to fly. He eventually stopped selling weapons after realizing that they could be put to evil use, and he later had surgery to remove the shrapnel from his chest. He briefly turned the mantle of Iron Man over to his friend James Rhodes, but he had since returned and Rhodes became War Machine. The Iron Man of today is the most powerful ever. He sports the most advanced weaponry, and his suit is able to collapse and fit in his briefcase. Although no longer required to wear the armor full-time, Stark still feels a great responsibility to correct all the wrongs his company's weapons have caused.

- Iron Man first appeared in Tales of Suspense #39, March 1963
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