Almost everyone can recognize Marvel Comics’ Iron Man just by looking at him. His gold-and-red armor has inspired thousands of characters since his first appearance in Stan Lee’s Tales of Suspense #39 in March of 1963. As one of the most famous and iconic heroes, it’s understandable that you might want to have him on a graphic t-shirt. Now more than ever, it is becoming stylish to showcase your individuality, even within “geek culture” at large. However, you might be somewhat new to Iron Man, or even Marvel Comics at large. There’s no shame in being new to the hobby, but you wouldn’t want to be called out on not knowing your stuff! Here’s what you need to know about Iron Man before you buy Iron Man printed T-shirts online for your geek-chic wardrobe.
The History of the Comic
Before you go to buy Iron Man printed T-shirts online, you should understand the history of the famous comic. As mentioned above, Iron Man was created by comic book pioneer Stan Lee, who also created beloved characters such as Spider-Man and Thor. Stan Lee wrote the character and came up with his personality and backstory while equally famous artists Jack Kirby and Don Heck designed his iconic visual appearance.
Iron Man comics have been continually in print since 1968’s The Invincible Iron Man #1, which was Iron Man’s first solo debut. To date, Iron Man has starred in nearly 1000 comics, and been featured in the cast of countless more. Iron Man has starred in three major Hollywood motion pictures, and has been a major character in nearly every entry in Marvel’s cinematic universe.
In addition to movies and comics, Iron Man has been included in a great collection of video games, tabletop games, and collectible card games. Believe it or not, many of these games considered him such an iconic character that he was included in collectible T-shirts, posters, and prints of the games themselves!
Who Is Iron Man?
Depending on who you ask, you might get very different answers! Fans of 70s rock might say that Ozzie Osbourne is Iron Man because of his hit song “I Am Iron Man.” Fans of the movies might cut out the middleman and just tell you that Robert Downey Jr. is Iron Man, because he plays the character so well in the Marvel cinematic universe. The correct answer, though, is Tony Stark, billionaire playboy and hot-shot inventor.
Tony Stark is a character with a long legacy in comics who has gone through times of great victory and times of great hardship. His headstrong nature tends to make him clash with other members of the crime-fighting alliance known as “The Avengers.” One thing is for sure about Tony Stark: Without his inventive nature and entrepreneurial spirit, there would be no Iron Man, nor would there be The Avengers as we know them.
Tony Stark, while occasionally arrogant and showy, is a truly caring person at his core. Beyond being a superhero who has devoted himself to the safety of planet Earth, Tony Stark has used his money for philanthropy and charity, funding science and education in Marvel’s Earth.
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