Amid all the “Iron Man 3” coverage I was responsible for before and after the movie’s premiere was a piece I wrote for Mental Floss that offered up 11 fun facts about Tony Stark and the people who gave us Marvel’s “businessman hero.”
And while I’m happy to say that I knew most of this stuff before taking on the assignment, it’s always nice to work on articles that teach me something new, too. For example, I didn’t know that Tony Stark graduated from M.I.T. at age 17, and now I’m fairly certain that information will stick in my brain forever — and there’s a good chance I’ll never have use for it again. *shrug*
Here’s an excerpt from the article:
1. While Stan Lee initially came up with the idea for a “quintessential capitalist” hero and many of the character’s traits, he didn’t write the story in Tales of Suspense #39 that introduced Iron Man to the world. A looming deadline forced him to hand over the scripting duties for that issue to Larry Lieber, and it was Lieber, cover artist Jack Kirby, and interior artist Don Heck who shared the bulk of creative duties for the issue. Kirby is credited with the design of Iron Man’s first armor, while Heck is credited with the look of Tony Stark, Pepper Potts, and the other characters introduced inside the issue.
You can read the rest of the article at MentalFloss.com.