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".