Dark and Stormy Knights


It was the height of the Cold War. The readers — the young readers — if there was one thing they hated it was war, it was the military, or, as Eisenhower called it, the military-industrial complex. So I got a hero who represented that to the hundredth degree. He was a weapons manufacturer. He was providing weapons for the army. He was rich. He was an industrialist. But he was good-looking guy and he was courageous…I thought it would be fun to take the kind of character that nobody would like — that none of our readers would like — and shove him down their throats and make them like him. – Stan Lee

Iron Man 3 has just opened to big crowds and favorable reviews, and Batman has spawned two movie franchises and an animated series. Batman and Iron Man (and the Green Hornet and quite a few…

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