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Today, in honor of the release of Iron Man 3, we are giving you the 25 Greatest Iron Man Stories Ever Told, as voted on by YOU! Here is the list of the other characters/creators that you’ve voted on so far.
25. Iron Man: Hypervelocity #1-6
In this action-packed thrillride by Adam Warren and Brian Denham, Tony Stark debuts a new Iron Man armor. The concept is that if Tony ever sufferes life-threatening injuries in battle, a good chunk of his consciousness will take over a new Iron Man armor and keep fighting. The problem is that the bad guys convince SHIELD that this new armor has gone rogue and since Tony is unconscious, he can’t convince them otherwise. So the armor basically has to keep constantly moving, because if it ever stops, either the bad guys or SHIELD will get it. Great concept and really strong execution.
24. “Fight On! For A World Is Watching!” Tales of Suspense #69-71
You know how Iron Man’s armor was created while he was in a prison camp? Well, what if the Communists used that idea to create their OWN Iron Man? That was the concept behind this great three-part storyline by Stan Lee, Don Heck and a different inker for each issue (Colletta, Esposito and Wood). Iron Man faces off against the Titanium Man as the whole world watches to see who will win this match-up over who has the superior technology!
23. “Mandarin: The Story of My Life” Invincible Iron Man Annual #1
Matt Fraction and Carmine Di Giandomenico show us how the Mandarin is trying to sanitize his life story through a documentary of his life (the filmmaker, though, valiantly tries to defy the Mandarin and show us the TRUTH).
22. “Best Defense” Iron Man (Volume 3) #73-78
John Jackson Miller and Jorge Lucas did this fascinating story where Tony Stark decides to become the Secretary of Defense to prevent a corrupt politician from taking the position. This storyline likely influenced later stories, like Tony Stark becoming the Director of SHIELD.
21. “Crash and Burn” Iron Man #301-306
After Stark Industries is falsely implicated in a scandal, Iron Man has to prove his company’s innocence while facing a variety of challenges by outside forces who are investigating the situation (people like Venom, Captain America, the New Warriors, Thunderstrike and the Hulk). Len Kaminski wrote it and Kevin Hopgood and Steve Mitchell drew it.
20. “10 Rings to Rule the World” Iron Man #95-100
Iron Man is framed for treason and faces off against the Guardsman (who erroneously blames Iron Man for the death of his brother), Ultimo and Sunfire until he discovers that someone behind the scenes is pulling the strings. Someone with, you know, ten rings.
19. Iron Man: The Iron Age #1-2
Kurt Busiek, Patrick Zircher and Bob McLeod revisit the early days of Tony Stark’s time as Iron Man as we see Tony’s transformation from a bit of a jerk into a true hero through the eyes of the two people closest to him during this time, Pepper Potts and Happy Hogan.
18. “Hulk Is Where The Heart Is!” Iron Man #131-132
Bob Layton, David Michelinie and Jerry Bingham present this titanic tussle between Iron Man and the Hulk. One of the best superhero fights of all-time.
17. “Haunted” Iron Man, Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. #21-28
Charles and Daniel Knauf, along with Roberto De La Torre, explore Iron Man’s new position as the Director of SHIELD along with his long-standing rivalry with the Mandarin by showing Tony literally being haunted by the ghosts of his past while the Mandarin plans on using Tony’s present (the Extremis) to annihilate nearly 98% of the world’s population, all in a goal to “improve” the world.
16. “Ghost in the Machine” Iron Man #219-221
Bob Layton, David Michelinie and M.D. Bright introduce the corporate saboteur the Ghost in this memorable three-parter that led directly into the Armor Wars storyline.
The top fifteen is on the next page!
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