The Ages of Iron Man: Essays on the Armored Avenger in Changing Times

The Ages of Iron Man: Essays on the Armored Avenger in Changing Times

Joseph J. Darowski

Language: English

Pages: 236

ISBN: 078647842X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The Ages of Iron Man: Essays on the Armored Avenger in Changing Times

Joseph J. Darowski

Language: English

Pages: 236

ISBN: 078647842X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Billionaire industrialist, cold warrior, weapons designer, alcoholic, philanthropist, Avenger--Tony Stark, alter-ego of Marvel Comics' Iron Man, has played many roles in his five decades as a superhero. From his 1963 comics debut in Tales of Suspense to the recent film adaptations--The Avengers(2012), Iron Man 3(2013)--hundreds of creators have had a hand in writing the character with evolving depictions and distinct artistic styles. This collection of essays provides an historical overview of an important figure in American popular culture and a close reading of Iron Man's most iconic story lines, including his origin in Vietnam, "Demon in a Bottle," "Civil War," and "Extremis".

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the American Superhero. GrandRapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2002. Mangels, Andy. Iron Man: Beneath the Armor. New York: Del Rey, 2013. Millar, Mark (w) and Steve McNiven (p). Civil War # 1 (July 2006). New York: Marvel Comics. _____. Civil War #2 (Aug. 2006). New York: Marvel Comics. _____. Civil War #3 (Sept. 2006). New York: Marvel Comics. “I would be the bad guy”—Darowski 191 _____. Civil War #4 (Oct. 2006). New York: Marvel Comics. _____. Civil War #6 (Dec. 2006). New

(paraplegia), the incidence has been 50 percent higher than in Korea and 1,000 percent over World War II. […] In World War II, only 5.7 of the amputees had multiple amputations or other major injuries. In Vietnam, the proportion has been 18.4 percent. […] Among patients with burns over half their bodies, nearly 60 percent formerly died, whereas now fewer than 30 percent are lost [54–55]. The emergence, then, of Tony Stark as a wounded veteran at this point in time serves as a powerful metaphor

Half-Face of ToS#92–94 is a deluded super-scientist akin to Professor Vanko, the Crimson Dynamo. Indeed, like Vanko, Half-Face is ultimately redeemed. Inspired by Iron Man’s valiant defense of a peaceful village from the depredations of Titanium Man, HalfFace turns away from the cold-hearted dictates of the Party (Lee, “The Golden Gladiator…”, Tales of Suspense #93, 8) and embraces the universal human values of family and freedom (Lee, “The Tragedy…,” Tales of Suspense #94, 12). The extent of

the pen of Mike Friedrich (no relation to Gary). For one thing, Friedrich made corporate reinvention into a running subplot for the whole length of his long stint as writer on Iron Man. Stark spoke to a reporter about his company’s “re-ordered priorities” in Friedrich’s second issue, IM#50 (Sep. 1972), gave an initial sales report to the board in The Invincible Iron Man #55 (Feb. 1973), and toured several of his company’s reengineered manufacturing plants on an extended business trip with Pepper

Tony Stark, a hero for over forty years, suddenly the bad guy? While some of Iron 181 182 The Ages of Iron Man Man’s deeds during the mini-series can be interpreted as villainous, the shift is more a response to the challenge of the traditional ideal of the superhero in a post–9/11 world. To understand this, it is necessary to examine Iron Man’s actions and motivations, as well as the intentions of the creators and the response of the fans. The terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, created

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