THIRTY YEARS AGO, YESTERDAY: James Rhodes takes over as Iron Man for the first time. He got the hang of wearing the armor pretty quickly, and Tony Stark stayed a drunken louse for over two years before officially returning as Iron Man, but by 1992 Rhodes got his own identity as War Machine. Marvel has struggled to find something to do with him ever since. But don’t cry for Rhodey too much, he’s been portrayed by two Oscar-winning actors on the big screen! Maybe they’ll find an identity for him in film one day, too.
(Iron Man #170 by Denny O’Neil and Luke McDonnell)