Iron Man is a superhero in the Marvel Comics Universe. The character first appeared in Tales of Suspense #39 in 1963, and was created by Stan Lee.
- Iron Man was ranked 12th on IGN's "Top 100 Comic Book Heroes" in 2011 and third in their list of "The Top 50 Avengers" in 2012.
- Stan Lee first created the character of Iron Man as a way to explore the role of American technology and business in the Cold War.
- BusinessWeek has ranked Tony Stark as one of the ten most intelligent characters in American comics.