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1) First appearance:
Tales of Suspense #39 (1963) created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber (Stan's younger Brother), Don Heck and Jack Kirby - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_Man
2) Iron Man Ongoing Series kicked off with The Invincible Iron Man #1 in 1968
3) Who has worn the armor:
Tony Stark; James Rhodes issue #169 as Iron Man (April 1983) and (War Machine)
4) Jumping off point:
Armor Wars Issues #225 (Dec 1987)-#231 (June 1988); Amazon Trade Paperback - http://amzn.to/17E7TmH
5) Top Villan:
Mandarin first appeared in Tales of Suspense #50 (Feb 1964) by Stan Lee and Don Heck
6) Movies like comics:
Yes and no - The First Iron Man origin was similar to comic - Afghanistan replacing Vietnam
7) Why I like him:
The tech. Everything tech related is cool and everyone wishes they had the suit. Physically without the suit he is nothing extraordinary. He is a genius level intellect but has no super-powers. He has a huge ego as brought to life by Robert Downey Jr in the movies. He always believes that there is a scientific solution to everything. He is slow to accept other explanations for anything (faith, magic, etc). He is the most pragmatic of the Avengers and always seeks to dominate the room. He and Captain America have served the longest terms number of issues as chairman of the Avengers throughout the years.
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