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IRON MONGER : Obadiah Stane

IRON MONGER: Armored Adversary [bio]
"It will give me much pleasure to checkmate such a resourceful opponent." --OBADIAH STANE

Comic Book History

The first and most notable person to use the name IRON MONGER is OBADIAH STANE; he is a Marvel Comics supervillain mostly appearing in Iron Man books. Stane first appeared in Iron Man #200 (November 1985), and was created by Dennis O'Neil and Luke McDonnell.

First Appearance

The first appearance of the IRON MONGER armor was in Iron Man #200

A wealthy financier, OBADIAH STANE is president and CEO of his own company (Stane International) as a munitions dealer. He also goes into business with Howard Stark. After Stark and his wife died in a car accident, Stane turns his sights on acquiring control of Stark International, the industrial corporation he had worked with, now owned by Tony Stark (Howard's son). Stane and his associates conspire to lock Stark International out of various business deals. Circumstances orchestrated by OBADIAH STANE led Tony Stark to the edge, and he catastrophically relapsed into alcoholism. Stane then buys out Stark International.

After taking over Stark International, OBADIAH STANE provided munitions and weapons to S.H.I.E.L.D. and others who could pay for them. Stane would also find notes and information about the Iron Man armor, on which he eventually creates his IRON MONGER armor. In which he believe is "far superior to Stark's Iron Man armor". He even considers selling them to the highest bidder or creating an army of IRON MONGERs, using them to "take over any country he wanted".

OBADIAH STANE in his IRON MONGER armor would later have a face-off with a sobered up Tony Stark who also got an armor upgrade, the suit known as the Silver Centurion. Obadiah will lose this fight, and opted for an easy way out by using his own repulsor ray on his head.


Iron Man: Armored Adventures
In this version, OBADIAH STANE was Howard Stark's second in command at Stark Industries. However, with Howard's death upon the plane crash, Obadiah inherited the title of CEO, until Anthony Stark is of the right age. He is an outspoken critic of Iron Man, and wishes to possess the armor for himself. In addition, he has been supplying criminals with high-powered tech, from Howard's vault.

Jeff Bridges plays OBADIAH STANE in the first Iron Man movie. This version of Stane is Stark's mentor, an old friend and business partner who handles the day-to-day workings of the company, while Stark serves mainly as "an idea man". Stane would later steal the prototype MK-I suit of Tony to create his IRON MONGER armor.

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