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After a disastrous battle with the criminal known as Mister Doll, Tony Stark came to realize that the Iron Man Armor Model 1 was too cumbersome, especially in his state, which caused specially an unecessary excessive use of energy for the armor to simply sustain its own weight. To remedy this, Tony designed a sleeker, lightweight armor.[3]

Anthony Stark (Earth-616) from Tales of Suspense Vol 1 59 cover

When Tony Stark undertook the Stark Resilient, one of the models of this armor was melted to create the Iron Man Armor Model 37.[4]

After Tony suffered suffering an almost-fatal mental attack by the Black Lama, he created a full back of his mind in case he was subjected to a similar assault in the future. Having downloaded the back-up into a version of the Mark 2 armour, he then subjected himself to a short-term mind-wipe so that he would forget about the A.I.'s creation.[5] It returned when he was subjected to the moral inversion during a clash with Red Onslaught[6], but Tony was able to subvert and disable it,[5] forcing the A.I. to transfer itself into another suit of armor.[7]



This suit is essentially a lighter, more flexible and more maneuverable version of Tony Stark's original Iron Man Armor. For example, the chestplate was reduced in thickness to a "wafer-thin" layer, and the helmet was redesigned in such a way it was so light, Stark claimed it can be barely felt it's being worn. The reduction in weight allowed Stark to add more protective devices. The parts of the suit subjected to more articulation, such as the legs and arms, used a malleable metallic mesh instead of solid metal plating.[3] Ultra fine 3D knitting incorporated knitted motors for full motility surface.[8]

In addition to the miniature batteries in the chestplate (with improved power-handling circuitry[8]), the armor included additional emergency battery units in the arm and leg cuffs.[3] A compartment in the left gauntlet revealed a energy gauge used to keep the suit's power level in check.[9] The suit's batteries still needed to be charged by plugging the chestplate into any electrical source. The armor carried a spare extension cord in case its user had to recharge the armor during an emergency.[10]

A new mechanism made suitting up the armor much faster than the Model 1, which had to be completely put on manually (a process that took 3 minutes[8]). In this armor, the only parts needed to be snapped on the body were the torso, the arm-leg "adaptors" (the cuffs of the gloves and boots), the fingers and the back of the hands, and the boots' soles. Metallic meshes were pulled magnetically from the adaptors to the other sections of the armor in less than two seconds. As easily as the suit could be slipped on, it could be slip off.[3]

This armor is the first to implement the trademark red and yellow color schemes. Two different helmets were used with this model. The Model 1 Mark I featured a faceplate that protruded from the rest of the helmet at the forehead, making it appear horned.[3] The Model 1 Mark IA sported a helmet with rivets in the forehead and vertically through the center of the face. This helmet was stronger and lighter, and featured a built-in oxygen mask (though this feature could've been present in the previous version).[11]

The second generation of jet boots were reduced to less than one inch thick, and allowed the armor's wearer to fly long distances. However, prolongued periods use would overtax them, causing the jets to exhaust until they could be recharged.[12] Similarly to the Model 1, this armor featured roller skates, which would be used mostly for short travels on land, in order to save energy that otherwise would've been used for the jet boots.[11]

Miscellaneous equipment includes powerful magnets,[12] radio communications,[12] a generator of high-frequency waves,[9] a drill,[13] and magnetic grapplers (to hold on to metallic surfaces).[11]

Offensive Powers

The enhanced strength provided by the armor allowed its user to lift heavy objects with ease, [3] but not beyond approximately eighty tons.[14] However, the armor didn't appear to be able to even dent a granite wall.[9] Additional power-packs located in the suit's cuffs provided the arms an extra push.[12] According to Tony Stark, this armor's gloves pakced "twice the wallop" of the previous suit's.[3]

The armor included an electric discharge that could be fired from the armor's fingers.[14] Repulsors and the uni-beam became standard weapon. A sonic emitter was also added. In addition to radar, the armor also had sonar, a magnetic repellor, and an energy detector.

The "ultra-beam" chest light was strong enough to dispel powerful energy rays,[9] and it could still be used as a search light.[12] It was later modified into a "unibeam."[15]

Defensive Powers

The shell of the suit can protect its user from gunfire of small arms.[13] The armor's insulation was capable of protecting its user from atomic explosions at a close range.[12] The suit's miniature electromagnetic generators allowed its user to create repellant magnetic force fields.[12][11]

Alternate Realities

Earth-64087 (Home to Demonic Avengers)

Avenger (Earth-64087) from Avengers Vol 1 7

Iron Man using his armor

Iron Man (Tony Stark) used his armor to terrorize Manhattan New York.[16]


  • In Tales of Suspense #50, it's shown that the armor possessed a side rule calculator in its left arm, the most commonly used calculation tool in science and engineering before the invention of the pocket calculator. Due to the nature of the sliding timescale, it's most likely this feature is no longer canon.
  • This armor is known as the "Ditko Armor" as it was designed by the Iron Man artist at the time, Steve Ditko.[17]
  • The prominence of this armor's "horns" when it first appeared varied depending on the artist, and sometimes it changed in a very same issue. Initially, the horns were almost non-existent. In Tales of Suspense #50, the horns started gaining protuberance. Depictions of the armor's "horns" after it had stopped being Iron Man's main suit were usually similar to Jack Kirby's rendering of said feature.


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