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Scott Lang, numerous other employees

Former Members
Isaac Stark Sr, Howard Stark, others


Founded as a manufacturing plant by Isaac Stark, Sr. in the 19th century

First appearance


Stark Industries is a multinational conglomerate with facilities in over thirty different countries on all seven continents. The President and CEO of Stark Industries is billionaire industrialist Anthony "Tony" Stark, also known as the super-hero Iron Man.

The company's origins date back to the mid-19th century when Isaac Stark, Sr. began developing new electrical and engineering technology that helped to redefine innovative security measures for the industrial age.

With growing prosperity, Stark Industries (then known as Stark Enterprises) was quickly propelled into the modern era as a major global industrial superpower, due in no small measure to Isaac Stark, Sr.'s direct descendant Howard Stark. Under Howard Stark's leadership, Stark Industries became the world leader in the development of munitions with its corporate office located on Long Island, New York. Stark Industries quickly branched out into other scientific fields including aeronautics, robotics, micro-technology and fringe science. With increasing expansion, the company soon became known as Stark Industries. When Howard Stark passed away, his sole heir Tony Stark inherited all of his father's business assets and took full control of Stark Industries.[1]

Tony Stark continued to aggressively develop new technologies and Stark Industries became a major contractor for both corporate and government concerns. One of Tony Stark's major coups was securing a contract with the military watchdog organization S.H.I.E.L.D. Nearly all of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s ordnance and equipment is based on Stark technology including their primary base of operations the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier.

Many years ago, Tony Stark conducted a personal weapons inspection in a foreign country when an exploding land mine nearly ended the young billionaire playboy's life. After being held captive for several weeks by revolutionaries, Stark developed a suit of sturdy body armor that not only saved his injured heart, but also enabled him to escape imprisonment. Upon returning to the United States, Tony modified the crude battlesuit, ultimately building what would soon become the recognizable armor of Iron Man.Tales of Suspense #39

His brush with death greatly affected Tony psychologically, and the thought of his technology being used to cause such widespread destruction sickened him. Following this crisis of conscience, Tony Stark publicly announced that Stark Industries was getting out of the weapons making business. This decision came about at the same time that Iron Man became officially attached to the company as Tony Stark's personal bodyguard. The general public was still unaware that Iron Man was actually Tony Stark himself.

Although Stark Industries was no longer manufacturing weapons, it still maintained several lucrative contracts with many financial institutions, as well as S.H.I.E.L.D. Not all of SI's associates however were pleased with the idea of Stark halting his weapons production programs. Powerful political figures such as the surly senator Harrington Byrd, continued to pressure Tony Stark into relinquishing the patents on the Iron Man armor for use in the U.S. military. Despite persistent pressure from Byrd, Tony never sold the technology used in the development of his Iron Man armor.

After driving the company to new heights year after year, Tony Stark strengthened the corporation's foreign interests and it became known as Stark International.

After numerous terrorist attacks perpetuated by Ezekiel Stane, Stark was forced to use an EMP which incapacitated Stane's tech and Stark's own.[2] The company suffered heavy losse,[3] including the research, development, design, and manufacturing hubs.[4]

In the wake of Norman Osborn's "Dark Reign," Tony made Pepper Potts the CEO and COO of the company, who sold off everything she could, so Stark Industries existed "as a corporate entity on paper only."[4] When Tony Stark returned into the action, he founded a new company: Stark Resilient.[5] He later passed the reins of the organization to Pepper Potts when he was being targeted by the Mandarin for the sake of the safety of the company's staff.[6]

After returning from space, Stark re-founded Stark Industries, and managed his own affairs through it, such as the construction of Troy.[7]




Other Locations



Stark International (Layout)

A map of Stark International (Long Island)

Other Properties

  • Washington DC - Tony Stark maintains a small cottage and garage on the outskirts of Washington DC.
  • Manhattan Penthouse - Tony Stark maintains a luxurious penthouse suite in Manhattan.
  • Long Island Private Estate - Tony Stark had a private seaside estate. It was destroyed by a blast from the

Mandarin's killer satellite.

First Appearance: Iron Man #141

Other Locations

Subsidiary companies and branches

Technology Developed

  • Lightweight Mortars - Tony Stark provided lightweight mortars to the US Army in Tales of Suspense #39 for use in Vietnam. They look suspiciously like M-79 Grenade Launchers.
  • Jet-Powered Roller Skates - Collapsible skates that can be clamped to the sole of a boot with an ordinary skate key and are driven by miniature transistorized motors. They were developed for use by the US Military. It was envisioned that an entire infantry division equipped with these could transport itself along the highway at up to 60 mph without the use of trucks. Demonstrated to the US Army in Tales of Suspense #40.
  • Atomic Naval Cannons - Designed to fire a nuclear salvo more than 500 miles, revolutionizing battleship firepower. (Mentioned in Tales of Suspense #41)
  • Flesh-Healing Serum - Serum that closes any open wound in two seconds with synthetic liquid tissue. (Mentioned in Tales of Suspense #41)
  • Radiation Resistant alloy - Material capable of resisting radiation for use in space capsules. (Mentioned in Tales of Suspense #41)
  • Burp Guns - .50 Caliber sub-machine guns capable of firing explosive cartridges at rates of up to 1,000 spm. (Mentioned in Tales of Suspense #41)
  • Disintegrator Ray - Flashlight-sized device capable of projecting a ray that could instantaneously vaporize a two-foot thick section of reinforced concrete wall. Prototype demonstrated to the US Army in Tales of Suspense #42.
  • Y-69 Rocket - An experimental three-man rocket first tested in Tales of Suspense #46.
  • Anti-Gravity Ray - Experimental device capable of negating the effects of gravity around whatever its beam hit. Was powerful enough to lift an entire factory off of its foundation! Demonstrated to the Department of Defense, then stolen by the Black Widow in Tales of Suspense #53. The only working model was destroyed by Iron Man.
  • Observer Missiles - Remotely controlled missiles equipped with surveillance equipment. Used by the US Military to take pictures behind enemy lines in Vietnam in Tales of Suspense #54.
  • Uranus II Rocket - seen in Tales of Suspense #60.
  • Moon Missile - Prototype rocket seen in Tales of Suspense #63.
  • Mangler Missile - Anti-Missile missile attaches itself to an enemy missile, taking control of it. First tested in Tales of Suspense #65.
  • Mini-Submarine - A one-man scout sub that can out run and out flank almost any torpedo. First tested by Iron Man in Tales of Suspense #66. Destroyed during battle between Iron Man and Attuma.
  • Jupiter Landing Vehicle - code named JLV for use on the surface and gravity of the planet Jupiter. Debuted in Iron Man #116.





Equipment: None known.
Transportation: None known.
Weapons: None known.



  • Prodigy and Victor Mancha both auditioned for the position of Head of Security at Stark Industries. Beetle also did, but with the intentions of getting the position in order to get close to Tony Stark and kill him.[1]

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