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The original, clunky suit of armor, courtesy of comics great Jack Kirby.

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True story: The reason why Tony Stark painted his armor gold because he was convinced that people would find a grey suit of armor scary. But a gold suit? That's much better, apparently.

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If gold won over worried bystanders, surely adding another color was a no-brainer? Luckily, Tony saw the light after this, otherwise we'd have to call him the Rainbow Avenger.

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The classic armor. Apart from when they added the nose to it.

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The first of the mission-specific armors. I love that you can tell it's meant for space because there's no mouth. You can't breathe in space, after all.

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Admittedly, it only really worked as a "Stealth Armor" when he flew around at night.

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Because it was the 1980s: Shoulder Pads!

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Yes, even though he's already wearing a helmet, he puts on another helmet over it when he goes diving. Safety first.

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Am I the only person who thinks that it looks like he's wearing iron nappies?

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While Tony pretended to be dead, Jim Rhodes took over and decided that he'd rather have a scary armor. No colors for him!

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Back from the dead, Tony's new agenda was clear: No mouth means no more Mr. Nice Guy. That or he's going into space.

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I have no idea what he was thinking here.

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Meanwhile, in an alternate reality, another Tony Stark made an armor that apparently ate things through his chest and then grew sticks out his back. Well, why not?

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As the 1990s brought glow sticks, Tony Stark's attempt to stay in with the kids was a glowing necklace all his own design.

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And then there was the time he made a hunchbacked armor, to highlight the plight of Notre Dame's deformed.

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The most recent redesign, and the one that brought comic artist Adi Granov to the attention of the Iron Man movie designers.

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The Look of Things To Come.

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