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The 50 Greatest Comic Book Characters, #17, Iron Man
The 50 Greatest Comic Book Characters, Iron Man

AKA: TONY STARK

Created as a Cold War-based, Commie-bashing triumph of American technology over conniving, inefficient Russians, Iron Man has proved as durable as his rust-proof armour over the years. This is partly because he�s a very adaptable character � not just in terms of power levels � and partly because, let�s face it, he looks damned cool. But it�s the man inside the suit who has arguably been more fascinating. Tony Stark, billionaire playboy, has been by turns a reckless maverick, a hopeless drunk, dead (not one of Marvel�s brightest ideas), teenaged (again�), his own bodyguard, a responsible leader and, more recently, the semi-villainous, politically hard-edged instigator of the Civil War which left the Marvel Universe in tatters, and Captain America dead. Iron Man is relatively simple � point and shoot - but Stark is as complex as they come. As long as that remains the case, Iron Man will remain one to watch.

FIRST APPEARED IN TALES OF SUSPENSE #39 (1963)
CREATED BY STAN LEE, LARRY LIEBER, DON HECK AND JACK KIRBY

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Shiny red-and-gold armour (mostly � he�s been known to go all-grey, all-gold and red-and-silver), super-strength, supersonic flight jets, an array of incredible weapons and the recently developed ability to interface with pretty much any OS on the planet. Oh, and he�s a genius, too.
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Played, triumphantly, by Robert Downey Jr. in this year�s Iron Man, with Downey�s flamboyant, indelible, charismatic turn a chief factor in the movie�s $300 million gross. Two more Iron Man movies to come, as well as The Avengers...
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According to Forbes, Stark is the 10th richest fictional character in the world, with a net worth of 100 billion dollars. Only 100?
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