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Debuting in 1963’s TALES OF SUSPENSE #37, Iron Man looked more like a lumbering robot from a sci-fi movie than the man in a sleek tech suit we’ve come to know and love. The bucket-headed, tank-like armor started off gray, but eventually got a gold paint job, which is the version Stark sported when he met up with the heroes who would become the Avengers in AVENGERS #1.
Red and Gold Armor
By 1964, Iron Man got a look that will be much more familiar to modern audiences in the form of his very first red and gold armor. This model went through plenty of cosmetic changes from bolts on the face mask to rounded shoulders and a pointed mask to circular hip…things. The classic red and gold armor lasted all the way up till 1985.
With the ’90s changing how comics looked, Iron Man got himself another new look. This time, the color scheme stayed the same with red and gold—or more accurately yellow—but the design changed. Called the Modular Armor, this one had various smaller pieces that made up the larger armor. In addition to being the main armor, this armor also became well known as the one seen in the 90s animated Iron Man cartoon.
The red and gold armor made some changes from modular, but the biggest change in Tony Stark’s life came in 1996 when he died at the hands of Onslaught along with many of his fellow Avengers. Luckily, Franklin Richards put all of the thought-dead into a separate universe where they got drawn by Jim Lee and Rob Liefeld. Iron Man got a huge tech upgrade while appearing in both his own title and the Heroes Reborn AVENGERS comic.
After a year, Iron Man returned to the Marvel Universe proper along with the rest of the heroes. He also returned to the red and gold armor with a few updates until the Extremis came along thanks to writer Warren Ellis and artist Adi Granov. Once again, the armor got an upgrade, but this time, so did Stark as Extremis actually reprogrammed his body and allowed the suit to be directly controlled by his mind. This is the armor Iron Man sported in NEW AVENGERS, MIGHTY AVENGERS and has been the mainstay until recently.
Bleeding Edge Armor
With April’s INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #25, Iron Man will be getting yet another armor upgrade, this one developed by series writer Matt Fraction and IRON MAN and THOR movie designer Ryan Meinerding. Stay tuned to Marvel.com and INVINCIBLE IRON MAN for more details on what makes this latest armor tick, hum, buzz and blast.
!!!!!!! Can’t wait to read this shit.
So he is still Extremis-ed? Fucking awesome, I am glad they kept that.
The first and foremost armored hero in all the galaxy, Tony Stark invents more armors than Spider-Man has one-liners. We’ve taken a look at Iron Man’s personal Hall of Armors in aprevious edition of Earth’s Mightiest Costumes, but you can’t have a list of armored Avengers without the originator. Besides, who looks better in these tin suits than Tony, a founding member of the Avengers? The team’s resident tinkerer, Stark often helps out his teammates when they need—or he thinks they need—an upgraded costume.