The Vietnam War in Comics: IRON MAN


I spoke too soon when I called the Mighty Thor the first superhero to get embroiled in the Vietnam War. How could I forget the one hero whose very origin goes back to the earliest days of the war? In the pages of Marvel's TALES OF SUSPENSE #39 from March 1963, millionaire industrialist Tony Stark gets himself injured by a booby-trap in the jungles of Vietnam, while demonstrating his high tech “transistor-powered” weapons to the U.S. military. He's then captured by Wong-Chu, the yellow-skinned “red guerrilla tyrant” of Vietnam, who forces Stark to build weapons for the Commie cause. Instead, Stark builds a suit of armor he uses to blast the Commie bastard back to the stone age.


















And thus, Iron Man was born.

3 comments :

Jason at: 10:47 AM said...

Has any more current writer done anything with this storyline? It strikes me as an opportunity for a really talented writer to take that plot and make it into a better written, more modern story.

Jason Aaron at: 9:34 AM said...

I assume they've already retooled Iron Man's origin for modern times, but I don't know.

B. Clay Moore at: 10:46 PM said...

Tod Holton, Super Green Beret, anyone?

http://www.thoughtviper.com/inexob/holton/3c.jpg

Popular Posts

Blog Archive