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Darowski, Joseph J., ed. The Ages of Iron Man: Essays on the armored avenger in changing times. Jefferson, London: McFarland, 2015. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 9780786478422
BibTeX citation key: Darowski2015
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Categories: General
Keywords: "Iron Man", Collection of essays, Superhero, USA
Creators: Darowski
Publisher: McFarland (Jefferson, London)
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Billionaire industrialist, cold warrior, weapons designer, alcoholic, philanthropist, Avenger—Tony Stark, alter-ego of Marvel Comics’ Iron Man, has played many roles in his five decades as a superhero. From his 1963 comics debut in Tales of Suspense to the recent film adaptations—The Avengers (2012), Iron Man 3 (2013)—hundreds of creators have had a hand in writing the character with evolving depictions and distinct artistic styles. This collection of essays provides an historical overview of an important figure in American popular culture and a close reading of Iron Man’s most iconic story lines, including his origin in Vietnam, “Demon in a Bottle,” “Civil War,” and “Extremis.”

Table of Contents

Joseph J. Darowski: Introduction (1)
Brian Patton: “The Iron-Clad American”: Iron Man in the 1960s (64)
Craig This: Tony Stark: Disabled Vietnam Veteran? (17)
Natalie R. Sheppard: “Gorgeous new menace”: Black Widow, Gender Roles and the Subversion of Cold War Expectations of Domesticity (29)
Richard A. Iadonisi: Fu Manchu Meets Maklu-4: The Mandarin and Racial Stereotypes (39)
José Alaniz: Does Khrushchev Tell Kennedy? Superpowered Rivalry and Silver Age Iron Man (51)
Will Cooley and Mark C. Rogers: Ike’s Nightmare: Iron Man and the Military-Industrial Complex (77)
Charles Henebry: Socking It to Shell-Head: How Fan Mail Saved a Hero from the Military-Industrial Complex (95)
John M. Vohlidka: Countdown to #100: Escapist Heroism and the Challenges of Modernity in the Late 1970s (119)
Jason Sacks: Demon in a Bottle and Feet of Clay: David Michelinie and Bob Layton on Iron Man (136)
Julian C. Chambliss: War Machine: Blackness, Power and Identity in Iron Man (148)
Jean-Philipe Zanco: From Armor Wars to Iron Man 2.0: The Superhero Entrepreneur (164)
Joseph J. Darowski: Cold Warrior at the End of the Cold War: John Byrne’s "War Games" in an Era of Transition (171)
John Darowski: “I would be the bad guy”: Tony Stark as Villain of Marvel’s Civil War (181)
Jason Michalek: Feminizing the Iron: Tony Stark’s Rescue (192)
Rikk Mulligan: Iron Icarus: Comics Futurism and the Man-Machine System (205)
About the Contributors (221)
Index (225)

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