Millionaire industrialist Tony Stark is an inventive genius who has dedicated all of his enormous financial and intellectual resources to a single guiding principle: the creation of technology for the betterment of humanity. Stark's greatest creation is a modernday miracle: a suit of formfitting, strengthenhancing, steelmesh armor he dons to become the living symbol of his ideals, the Invincible Iron Man! But when Stark discovers that the same technology he used to create the Iron Man armor technology so secret he didn't even dare patent it is now in the hands of several deadly supervillains, he feels responsible for the evil they have done with the hightech tools he unwittingly provided. In the face of objections from his government, friends, colleagues and fellow super heroes, Stark swears to use the power of Iron Man to bring the evil to an end and to take back what's his. The Beatle, Stilt Man, the Controller, Stingray, the Mandroids, the Guardsmen and Firepower don't know it yet, but they've got a problem. The world's most powerful force for good isn't playing by the rules anymore. And he's coming for them. Collects Iron Man (1968) #225232.
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The best Ironman story ever.
It is with great pleasure that I revisited this story arc. Aside from the fact we are witnessing the passing of a style of suit (the silver centurion) in favour of the return of a more classical design; the story depicted what would be every inventor/scientist's nightmare: to see his/her discovery or creation turned into weapons and sold to the highest bidder!
The steps Tony Stark had to take were questionable at best but it does highlight the question: "Once the jenny is out of the bottle, can it be put back in it?"
An awesome story!