Comic Misconception #2

Iron Man #282 is widely considered the first appearance of War Machine but it isn't James Rhodes who is piloting the armor nor is it the first time the suit is introduced. Keep reading for the specifics and for more information on comics, download the FREE Key Collector Comics app HERE.

James Rhodes, or "Rhodey" as he is sometimes called, was a lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps who made his first appearance in Iron Man #118 (1979) as Tony's personal helicopter pilot


In Iron Man #170, Rhodey assumes the full mantle of Iron Man after Tony relapses into alcoholism. For years, Rhodey wore the classic armor while Tony recovered.


Eventually Tony returns, wearing the newly invented Silver Centurion armor and fights alongside Rhodey who continues to wear the original suit until issue #231 when Stark reclaims the classic red & gold armor.