Downey Jr. as Tony Stark in the Iron Man armor in Iron Man
Iron Man, one of the premier
heroes of the Marvel Universe (MU), over the years has
acquired a long list of villians who serve as his foes.
While many of these enemies are exclusive foes of Iron Man,
quite a few of these rogues are also enemies of Iron Man's
friends and allies, particularly the super-group he helped
found, the Avengers. In the Comics universes, a listing of
villians for one particular hero is often referred to as a
"Rogues Gallery," which is a term used here.
Below is a list of Iron Man's
foes, with their first appearance against him, their first
appearance in the Marvel Universe if different, along with
other information about the villians.
of Suspense #39 (March, 1963)--Communist guerrilla leader
instrumental in the transformation of Tony Stark into
Iron man. Later revealed in Iron Man #267 as an agent of
Suspense #40 (April, 1963)--Extra-terrestrial robot in
the form of a Neanderthal, sent as part of an invasion of
earth by aliens. This is the only appearanc of Gargantus
(desroyed in this issue).
Suspense #40 (April, 1963)--Insane doctor/scientist who
uses a shrinking ray. This is the only appearanc of the
Aliens-Tales of Suspense #40 (April, 1963)--Aliens
who sent Gargantus to invade Earth. This is the only
appearanc of these particular aliens.
Strange-Tales of Suspense #41 (May, 1963)--Criminal
genius who who has devices that enable him to control
Iron Man's mind. Strange threatens the world with his
"S-Bomb," for ransom. Defeated by Iron Man. This is the
only appearance of Dr. Strange (not connected to Dr.
Stephen Strange, who is an ally of Iron Man).
of Suspense #42 (June, 1963)--Leader of a Soviet spy
ring, which also includes The Actor. Red Barbarian
tricked and defeated by Iron Man. This is the only
appearance of the Red Barbarian.
The Actor-Tales of
Suspense #42 (June, 1963)--Soviet spy who is a master of
disguise; Worked for the Red Barbarian, but is shot and
killed by the Red Barbarian for his failure and defeat by
Iron Man. This is the only appearance of The
Kala, Queen of
Netheria-Tales of Suspense #43 (July, 1963)--Kala is
the Queen of Netheria, an undersea kingdom, which was
once part of Atlantis. She and her general, Baxu, are
defeated by Iron Man as they attempt to conquer the
surface world. Kala next appears in Fantastic Four #
Netheria-Tales of Suspense #43 (July, 1963)--Baxu is
the general of Kala, Queen of Netheria, an undersea
kingdom, which was once part of Atlantis. Kala and Baxu
are defeated by Iron Man as they attempt to conquer the
surface world. Baxu next appears in Fantastic Four #
The Mad Pharoah
(Hatap)-Tales of Suspense #44 (August, 1963)--Hatap,
the Mad Pharoah, was an enemy of Queen Cleopatra of
Egypt. He is revived from suspended animation and uses a
magic bracelet to return to ancient days with Tony Stark.
Stark/Iron Man defeats Hatap, who is killed when he falls
on a sword. This is the only appearance of the Mad
(Sept., 1963)--Half-Brother to superhero Thor and the
Asgardian God of Mischief, Loki devises a plot to destroy
Thor, but his evil plan instead results in the formation
of the Mighty Avengers, of whom Iron Man is a founding
member. Loki is a persistant foe of the
Jack Frost, (Gregor
Shapanka)-Tales of Suspense #45 (July,
1963)--ProfessorGregor Shapanka was a criminal who
attempted to rob Stark Industries. Captured by Iron Man,
Shapanka later uses his technological genius to create an
ice suit, and he becomes Jack Frost. Sought revenge on
Iron Man, but was defeated. Jack Frost next appears in
Iron Man # 86.