Stan Lee and Larry Lieber created the character. Afterwards artists Don Heck and Jack Kirby designed him, appearing the first time in Tales of Suspense #39 (March 1963). Anthony Edward 'Tony' Stark was born with an extreme intelligence. After the death of his parents when he was 21, Stark inherited Stark Industries. After being wounded, he created a powered suit of armor to safe his life and escape captivity. Stark has been a founding member of the Avengers. Originally, Tony Stark had no powers until he was injected with the Extremis Virus and later had an Arc Reactor implanted in his chest, gaining new skills and intellect.
Marvel Worldwide Inc. is an American publisher of comics books starting in 1939 as Timely Publications. By the early 70s, the company was considered as one the best comic publisher in the United States. In 2009, The Walt Disney Company acquired Marvel Entertainment, Marvel Worldwide's parent company, for four thousand million dollars.