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Beneath the Armor of The Iron Man

The armor may make him seem invincible, but like a turtle, underneath the shell is something vulnerable and soft.

The armor worn by the Iron Man, unlike the costumes of so many other heroes, is more than a mere tool for fighting crime. The armor also bears several components designed to help him cope with his physical ailments. Tony Stark's heart was compromised in Vietnam, such that the armor's primary purpose was to sustain him-- keep him alive and moving-- long enough to get proper medical care.

Still, despite the frailties, the Iron Man continued to do what he felt needed to be done. The slightest malfunction or damage to his armor could prove fatal for him. In a contrast to many other superheroes around him, Tony Stark tried to fight his depression and the pressures of his life in a very human way: alcohol.

The armor worn by the Iron Man, unlike the costumes of so many other heroes, is more than a mere tool for fighting crime. The armor also bears several components designed to help him cope with his physical ailments. Tony Stark's heart was compromised in Vietnam, such that the armor's primary purpose was to sustain him-- keep him alive and moving-- long enough to get proper medical care. The fact that the chronic pain he felt was alleviated better by the armor than by medication only added to his problems.

The difference here was that, unlike Osborne, Stark was a hero. As a hero, he was supposed to be above the petty squabbles and flaws of ordinary human beings.

The Iron Man character is often overlooked in the long list of superheroes that have become more human over the years. It is arguable, but there are some that would say Tony Stark is more human than any of the above. The armor may make him seem invincible, but like a turtle, underneath the shell is something vulnerable and soft.

Heroes are often defined and made what they are by two things: the villains they face and the burdens they carry. In very few heroes is the relationship between burden and heroism as blatant and as prominent as in Tony Stark, the Iron Man.