- Real Name: Obadiah Stane
- AKA: Iron Man, King
- Family: Zebediah Stane (father, deceased); Unidentified mother (deceased); Ezekiel Stane (son)
- Base of Operation: Stane International, Long Island, New York; formerly Salt Lake City, Utah
- Identity: Secret Identity
- Citizenship: American
- Martial Status: Single
- Occupation: Industrialist, businessman, President and CEO of Stane International, munitions dealer; former chess champion
- Education: Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)
- Gender: Male
- Height: 6′ 5″ (1.96 m) (Stane); 7’10” (Iron Monger)
- Weight: 230 lbs (104.33 kg) (Stane); 4230 lbs. (Iron Monger)
- Eyes: Blue
- Hair: Black
- Origin: Human
- Universe: Marvel Prime Universe (Earth-616)
Despite being in the comic for a relatively short time, Obadiah Stane has been considered one of Iron Man’s greatest foes. Introduced in Iron Man #163 (1982) by Dennis O’Neil and Luke McDonnell, Stane was a ruthless business man who would discover his rivals weaknesses and use that against them. This would be the case when he set his sites on Stark Industries. He tried to take the business over when Howard Stark was in charge but would fail. He later sent his Chessmen to attack with them attacking Rhodey.
He would later set Indries Moomiji as Tony Stark’s lover. While he started buying up Stark’s assets, he was confronted by Stark but Stark couldn’t do anything against him. With Moomiji rejecting his love, Stark had another bout of alcoholism. Stark would loose his company and began living on the streets. He gave up his armor to Rhodey. Stane then found the sematic for the various Iron Man armor and had his scientist in reverse engineering them into a new Iron Monger armor. Stark however met and befriend a pregnant homless woman. She died at childbirth and Stark promise to look after him, bringing himself out of alcoholism. He began creating a new company, Circuits Maximus. Stark also began building a new armor, dubbed the Silver Centurions armor. Stane learnt of Stark’s recovery and sent his Chessmen to attack Stark and his employees. Stark retaliated by attacking Stane. Both would fight with Stane appearing to lose. However, instead of accepting defeat, Stane killed himself by blasting his head off with the Iron Monger’s blasters. While others have taken the Iron Monger name, he has been succeeded by his son Ezekiel.
Despite being in the comics for just over 3 years, Stane has been a major part of Iron Man’s development, especially his fight against the shellhead in Iron Man #200. This comic was so iconic, that it is no surprise that many fans were asking for a Iron Monger figure to recreate that fight. Hasbro answered that request by making him a baf for the Iron Man 3 wave(s).
Recommend Figure: Hasbro Marvel Legends Iron Man 3 Iron Monger – Iron Monger (BAF)
- After the hostile takeover of Stark Industries, Stane discovered the plans for the Iron man suit and began having his team build a new improved armor. He also figured out that Iron Man and Stark were one and the same (which was a secret at the time). He would don his armor to fight Silver Centurion Iron Man but was overpower. He would use the armor’s blasters to blow off his own head.
- Why you need it for your collection?:
- Despite appearing in only one issue (for Stane anyway), this is an iconic villain and is needed for most Iron Man collections. It is expensive at the moment but it well worth having for your collection.
- Does it need a remake?:
- No but I wouldn’t mind it being re-release as a deluxe or 2-pack with brighter colors.
Below you will find a gallery of suits that still need to be made. I have included what I think are the possibilities of them being made. Note that these are my personal opinions and not fact. Please let me know if I have missed anything.