Stark Industries

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Stark Industries
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceTales of Suspense #40
Created byRobert Bernstein
Stan Lee
Jack Kirby
David Michelinie (Accutech)
Bob Layton (Accutech)
In-story information
Type of businessCorporation
Owner(s)Howard Stark
Anthony Edward "Tony" Stark
Obadiah Stane
Kenjiro Fujikawa
Employee(s)James Rupert Rhodes (War Machine)
Pepper Potts
Obadiah Stane
Bethany Cabe
Madame Masque
Rumiko Fujikawa
Morgan Stark
Crimson Dynamo
Happy Hogan
Roster
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Stark Industries
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceTales of Suspense #40
Created byRobert Bernstein
Stan Lee
Jack Kirby
David Michelinie (Accutech)
Bob Layton (Accutech)
In-story information
Type of businessCorporation
Owner(s)Howard Stark
Anthony Edward "Tony" Stark
Obadiah Stane
Kenjiro Fujikawa
Employee(s)James Rupert Rhodes (War Machine)
Pepper Potts
Obadiah Stane
Bethany Cabe
Madame Masque
Rumiko Fujikawa
Morgan Stark
Crimson Dynamo
Happy Hogan
Roster
See:Bulk of the article

Stark Industries, later also known as Stark International, Stark Innovations, Stark/Fujikawa, Stark Enterprises and Stark Resilient, is a fictional multi-billion dollar multinational corporation owned and run by businessman Anthony Edward "Tony" Stark, also known as Iron Man. The company appears in stories published by Marvel Comics. It first appeared in Tales of Suspense #40 and was founded by Howard Stark, Tony's father. According to Forbes 25 largest fictional companies it had an estimated sales of $20.3 billion, ranking it at number 16.[1][2] In the film version of Iron Man, Stark Industries has a logo similar to that of defense contractors Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman [3] and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange as SIA. During the press conference scene, Stark is seen entering a building that resembles the entrance to Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works facility. An airplane extremely similar to the Lockheed YF-22 stood as a statue in front of the Stark Industries facility, exactly like the prototypes on display at Skunk Works facility in Palmdale, California.

Biography[edit]

Stark Industries was founded by Isaac Stark Sr in the 19th century and later taken over by Howard Stark and then by his son Tony, after his death. Over the years, through bankruptcy, Tony's "death", Tony's return and hostile takeovers, the company has gone through many name changes including Stark International[4] (later Stane International[5]), Stark Enterprises,[6][7] Stark/Fujikawa[8] and Stark Solutions.[9]

Stark Industries[edit]

Functions[edit]

The company is a technology company that develops and manufactures advanced weapon and defense technologies. The company manufactures the armor worn by Iron Man and War Machine. It builds the helicarriers used by S.H.I.E.L.D. It produces the Quinjets used by the Avengers.

Staff[edit]

Subsidiaries[edit]

Stark International[edit]

Originally Stark Industries, the name was changed when the company ceased manufacturing munitions, with Tony handing over the CEO position to James Rhodes. Eventually the company was taken over by Obadiah Stane after a hostile takeover and he renamed it Stane International.

Staff[edit]

Stane International[edit]

A subsidiary of Stark Enterprises and formed by Obadiah Stane, Stane wrestled control of Stark International from Jim Rhodes after a hostile takeover. Stane renewed the munitions manufacturing. However after Stane was killed, the company was run by a mysterious cartel which was eventually bought out and reabsorbed by Stark Enterprises.

Staff[edit]

Stark Enterprises[edit]

After buying out and reabsorbing Stane International, Tony based Stark Enterprises in Los Angeles.

Staff[edit]

Subsidiaries[edit]

Stark/Fujikawa[edit]

Created by a merger of Stark Enterprises and Fujikawa Industries following apparent death of Iron Man/Anthony Stark.

Staff[edit]

Subsidiaries[edit]

Stark Solutions[edit]

The fifth company run/owned by Tony Stark and was founded after his return from another dimension. It was shut down by Tony after he was defamed by Tiberius Stone who was subliminally influencing him.

Staff[edit]

Stark Industries/International[edit]

The sixth company owned/run by/founded by Tony Stark and was set up after the closure of Stark Solutions. After the events of "The Five Nightmares" and "World Most Wanted" story arcs, Stark Industries goes bankrupt and eventually closed down. It was also known as Stark International, both names formerly used in previous incarnations of the company. Its logo being the same as the S.I. Logo in the Iron Man film series.

Staff[edit]

Other versions[edit]

2099[edit]

In the alternate future set in the year 2099, Stark Fujikawa is a major corporate power, alongside Roxxon. The only known staff members are Hikaru-Sama and Shudo[69]

Ultimate Marvel[edit]

Stark Industries also appears in the Ultimate universe.[70] As well as Stark International in the Ultimates Comics.

Stark Solutions also appears as a separate company owned by Dr. Gregory Stark, Tony Stark's older brother.[71]

MC2[edit]

In the alternate future of MC2, the company is known as Stark Global Industries and is owned and run by Tony Stark.[72]

Earth Ultra-Vision[edit]

In a What If story, the company is known as Stark Interplanetary and was the creators of the Irondroids[73]

Amalgam[edit]

In the world of Amalgam, the company is known as Stark Aircraft. The only known employees are Janice Doremus, Pepper Ferris, Happy Kalmaku, Stewart Rhodes, Hal Stark.[74]

In other media[edit]

Television[edit]

Film[edit]

Video games[edit]

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