Tuesday, May 23, 2017
The Golden Avenger!
When Iron Man debuted in Tales of Suspense #39, like the Incredible Hulk he was gray. The gray color was logical and reinforced the "Iron" part of his name, but pretty quickly it was deemed necessary to give the hero a bit more of a dashing appearance and in his second appearance he quickly updates his look.
And so is born "The Golden Avenger". Iron Man has been called that ever since, but truth told he was "golden" a relatively short time. In fact here are most of the comic covers (both those for Tales of Suspense and The Avengers) on which he is shown in that vintage armor which earned him the nickname.
In Tales of Suspense #48 Iron Man gets a makeover and he adds red to his golden look as well adopting a sleeker armor design. The armor will be adapted and revised again and again over the years and ever after he will be called "The Golden Avenger", even though truth be told, he's only a little bit golden.
But that original golden look doesn't disappear completely as a few later issues of Iron Man's lengthy original run shows.