Iron Monger
Iron Monger
Personal Info:
Real Name: Obadiah Stane
Also Known As:
Place Of Birth: Unrevealed
First Appearance: Iron Man Vol.1 200
Known Associates:
Group Affiliation: Former partner of Madame Masque
Base Of Operations: Stane International
Grudges: Iron Man
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Body Armour: The Iron Monger armour is 9-foot tall, and weighs four tons. The armour is resistant to most physical and energy attacks.
Enhanced Abilities: The Iron Monger armour provides enhanced strength, agility and endurance.
Repulsors: Iron Monger has two Repulsors built into his gauntlets that project force bolts.
Unibeam: Mounted in the centre of his chest, the beam can project Ultraviolet, Visible light, Infra-red and a Laser.
Flight: Iron Monger has jet engines in his boots which allow him to fly.
Life Support: The Iron Monger armour has itís own life support systems
Magnetic Control: Iron Monger is able to control magnetic fields.
Young Obadiah Stane witnessed his drunkard gambling father commit suicide by playing Russian roulette, and the orphaned Stane went prematurely bald at the age of eight, and became extremely introverted and interested in games, determining to never lose at "the game of life," and would use psychological warfare on his opponents, crushing whatever they held dear. Using these unorthodox methods, Stane took over an industrialist's company and soon amassed quite a fortune. Eventually, Stane would also deal in munitions arms trading and other shady dealings, creating the Chessmen as his team of bodyguards.
Stane went up against Tony Stark (a.k.a. Iron Man) when Stane tried to form a coalition of Asian, European, and American industries in defiance of anti-trust laws. Stane then saw Stark as his primary rival, and Stane began a systematic "battle" against Stark's life, including attempts on Jim Rhodes' (later War Machine) life and reinforcing Stark's alcohol problem. Stane soon bought Stark International out, renaming it Stane International and kicking Stark out, who was forced, with Rhodes, to destroy the Iron Man armours. Soon, Stane rendered Stark penniless. While Stark eventually built his life again, Stane fell in love with Madame Masque, Iron Man's villain and leader of the Maggia crime family. During this time, Stane realized that Iron Man was actually Stark.
Stane again tried to crush his enemy, kidnapping his former friends, switching the minds of Madame Masque and Bethany Cabe (Stark's girlfriend,) and attempting to destroy his new company, Circuits Maximus, while discovering secrets of Iron Man armour design and having scientists duplicate the process. All of this made Stark take up the Iron Man identity full time after a long sabbatical, and confronted Stane International, confronting the Chessmen. Soon, Stane, in his new Iron Monger armour, confronted Iron Man.