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The Mandarin

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Subj: Yes but how many of Iron Man's villains come from the Cold War era?
Posted: Sat Apr 21, 2018 at 03:18:56 pm EDT (Viewed 237 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Has Justin Hammer Ever Been Fleshed Out Or Given Anything Of A Backstory? For Such A Major Villain
Posted: Thu Apr 19, 2018 at 05:10:25 pm EDT (Viewed 283 times)

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It's actually kind of amazing that they've managed to go over fifty, indeed almost sixty, years without giving his villains the sort of depth that most Batman villains, and even most Flash villains, have. You'd think they'd give some villains some depth by sheer accident in all that time. Somehow the bat-books manage to flesh out Batman's relationship with Alfred and the Robins while also making the villains fleshed out characters who can carry their own mini-series. Penguin: Pain and Prejudice is still one of my favorite stories, and that starred the friggin' Penguin. Meanwhile Iron Man has done so much pointless meandering and had so many restarts that ignored the meandering before that restart that it's somehow managed to go nearly sixty years without much of anything happening.

Crimson Dynamo
Titanium Man

mandarin keeps getting rebooted and modernized in the comics but in the end he was essentially a stereotypical "Fu-Manchu"

They can keep changing who wears the armors of Titanium and the Dynamo

Black Widow: she left Russia and defected to become an Avenger

Justin Hammer: unscrupulous businessman who targeted Iron Man at first in part to discredit him and also to kill the ambassador. He later returned in the first D&B run with that submarine home of his, then disappeared after D&B left. He returns in the second run by sending an attack robot to Tony's new company and later contacts him telling him it was a semi-friendly warning to not get in his way again. Later comes the Armor Wars and how Hammer had stolen Iron Man tech to give to villains. D&B apparently felt there was no need to backstory Hammer and to me he was a corporate version of Rha's Al Ghul. Showing up on occasion, dodging the law and jail for some time and returning again to plague Tony until their final encounter in the Bad Blood mini where he ends up frozen in space.

Denny O'Neil: instead of using Hammer, he created Obadiah Stane. Another corrupt businessman who sets his sites on Stark and strategically took him apart, drove him to the bottle which rendered him incapable of being Iron Man, took his fortune, took his business and sent Tony literally to the gutter. We later get Stane's story as the overall arc was reaching its conclusion in IM 200. Knowing Stane's backstory was good for the overall plot as I suspected before it happened that Stane wouldn't be returning.

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