You don’t need to hide it. Tony Stark has left a void in your life and there is no Spider-Man, Hawkeye or Doctor Strange to fill it. And it is that the film adaptation of Iron Man has been a success, both for the quality of the productions and for the performance of Robert Downey Jr., who brings the character to life as if he had been waiting for that role throughout his career. The best thing you can do in your case is to give comics a chance. And that is when the question will arise: Where do I start? That is the question that we are going to answer in today’s post.
First of all, you have to know that you can practically read any comic with Marvel subscriptions , so you won’t necessarily have to search like crazy for old and second-hand editions of the comics that we are going to talk about next. . As long as you have a computer with a decent screen or a tablet, you will be able to enjoy these Iron Man adventures.
The best order to read Iron Man comics
This would be the best order to start with the comics of the legendary Marvel character.
Start with the origins
Iron Man’s first appearance in comics was in 1963 in Tales of Suspense #39 . And although it may seem predictable and very bland, the best thing you can do with Iron Man is to start at the beginning. Although you are going to notice some differences with respect to its film adaptation, the truth is that this issue explains very well how Tony Stark ends up, an individual from high society, kidnapped by the terrorist Wong-Chu , with shrapnel a few centimeters from his heart and with time against the clock both to save his life and to get rid of captivity, creating the first Iron Man or Mark 1, crappy, but enough to destroy Wong-Chu’s plans, even if it meant the sacrifice of poor Ho Yinsen.
First solo appearance
Also in 1963, the first issue of Avengers , by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, was released, but if what really interests you is reading Iron Man, the second recommended reading is Iron Man #1 (Archie Goodwin and Gene Colan), by 1968, which is the first time we can enjoy the tycoon’s adventures without distractions. Here we already see him with a much more recognizable clothing. In this issue he faces several iron men replicated from his own corporation’s technology.
Demon in a Bottle
Once you start reading Iron Man comics, you can end up where you want, but Daemon in a Bottle is a series with a very dark Stark story arc , dealing with alcoholism . It begins when Stark accidentally kills a diplomat due to a slop in his armor. Public opinion does its thing, and Tony is defeated, and ends up turning to drink to isolate himself from the real world. This story is told in several numbers, in Iron Man #120 to #128 and David Michelinie and Bob Layton were mainly behind these numbers.
In 2004, Iron Man underwent a reboot , where the character’s development is more similar to what we’ve seen in the movies. The Extremis Arc is made up of six parts , starting with The Invincible Iron Man #1 (2004).
Seven issues tell the story of 2006’s Civil War, created by Mark Millar and Steve Mcniven. They tell us about the confrontation between the supporters of the Superhuman Registration Act and those who are against it, where Iron Man is located.
Other notable readings
There are quite a few reboots that have been released after the success of Iron Man and The Avengers in theaters . Here are some of the most important recent issues that you can read:
- Director of SHIELD— Invincible Iron Man #1 (2008)
- Iron Man #1 (2012)
- Avengers #1 (2012)
- Invincible Iron Man #1 (2015)
- Avengers #1 (2018)
- Tony Stark: Iron Man #1 (2018)
And so far our compilation with the most outstanding deliveries if you want to start reading the stories on paper of the marvel character. Do you miss any number or would you propose another order?