Howard Stark was a brilliant inventor and Industrialist. He and his own father worked on various projects, and later founded Stark Industries. During WWII and after, he worked on various government projects. These included the Manhattan Project and housing the 'Arsenal' robots in a hidden subbasement in his mansion. The robots were only supposed to be activated if the US was overrun during a presumed Cold War conflict, but both known models have been accidentally awakened and stopped by the Avengers.
Brotherhood of the Shield
After WWII Howard was approached by a mysterious organization called the Brotherhood of the Shield who have appointed themselves the protectors of Earth. The group has protected the human race from threats for centuries Back in 1953 just after the death of Joseph Stalin the leader of the Soviet Union. Two prominent Shield agents billionaire industrialist Howard Stark and scientist Dr. Nathaniel Richards recruit a mysterious young man named Leonid, who possessed amazing superhuman powers. They take the powerful young man taking him to the Brotherhood of the Shield High Council in the Immortal City under Rome. The High Council reveals aware of the "The Final Fate of Man", and they have appointed themselves the task of protecting the Earth until that event. They reveal to Leonid that he has a destiny to help in their endeavor
Leonid meets Leonardo da Vinci, who has apparently traveled through time to use his device to save the world. Da Vinci's return was met with resistance from Isaac Newton who saw it as a threat to his reign as leader of the organization. This eventually leads to the organization splitting into two factions; one led by Newton and one led by Da Vinci.
Stark, Richards and Night Machine travel to the Immortal City and try to stop the two battling factions by putting the decision of leadership in to Leonid's hand on whom is right, he chooses Da Vinci over Newton, while he escapes in to the future.
Howard later met and married a young woman named Maria Carbonell. The couple had a son together named Anthony Edward Stark. Like his father the boy was a genius, but Howard constantly pushed Tony to be the best, telling him that someone must have 'iron in their backbone' to be successful. Howard had the one major weakness he had a severe case of alcoholism, something his son would later face on his own.
He was a contemporary of many other powerful businessman such as Warren Worthington II and Creighton McCall. Membership to the exclusive Hellfire Club was offered, but it seems Howard was uninterested in anything other than the lavish parties the club threw. It is believed Howard was also a member of the V-Battalion. He was targeted by the Red Skull (Johann Schmidt), and is rumored to have met the Watcher Uatu.
Ides of March
On the Ides of March, Howard and Maria were killed in a car accident. It has been hinted that the incident was not random and possibly arranged by the V-Battalion. Tony ran his father's company, started a charity in his mother's name, and later became Iron Man. However Howard Stark said to Nathaniel Richards soon after joining the Brotherhood of the Shield that the Brotherhood would fake his death by car accident, calling his deceased status into question.
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Genius: Howard Stark, like his son is an inventive mechanical engineering prodigy, constantly creating new technology and looking for ways to improve it. His intelligence is classed as above genius and he has been recruited into various groups and organizations due to his contributions in the fields of technology and weapons development.
Expert Engineer: He is an excellent engineer and mechanic capable designing and building weaponary and devices that have revolutionized the industrial world. He has helped develop various technology used by S.H.I.E.L.D. it's allies.Expert Businessman: Howard Stark is extremely well-respected in the business world, able to command people's attentions when he speaks on economic matters by virtue of the fact that he is savvy enough to have, over the years, built up several multimillion dollar companies from virtually nothing. He is known for the loyalty he commands from and returns to those who work for him, as well as his impeccable business ethics. He has various gorvernment contracts stemming from his companies creation of weapons, which have helped defend the US.
Howard Stark exercised regularly and was in good shape.
- According to Iron Man #322 his full name is Howard Walter Stark.
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