Stark Industries

Stark Industries
Stark Industries Logo.png
Logo of Stark Industries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceTales of Suspense No. 40 (April 1963)
Created byRobert Bernstein
Stan Lee
Jack Kirby
David Michelinie (Accutech)
Bob Layton (Accutech)
In-story information
Type of businessCorporation
Base(s)Malibu
Employee(s)James Rhodes
Pepper Potts
Obadiah Stane
Bethany Cabe
Madame Masque
Rumiko Fujikawa
Morgan Stark
Crimson Dynamo
Happy Hogan

Stark Industries (NYSE: SIA, NASDAQ: STRK, fictional), later also known as Stark International, Stark Innovations, Stark Enterprises and Stark Resilient, is a fictional company appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The company is depicted as being owned and run by businessman Tony Stark, who is also known as Iron Man. It first appeared in Tales of Suspense No. 40 (April 1963) and was founded by Tony's father, Howard Stark. According to Forbes 25's "Largest Fictional Companies" it had an estimated sales of $20.3 billion, ranking it at number 16.[1][2]

In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Stark Industries has a logo similar to that of defense contractor Lockheed Martin[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.

  1. ^ Michael Noer and David M. Ewalt (2007). "In Pictures: The 25 Largest Fictional Companies: #16 Stark Industries". Forbes. Retrieved February 28, 2013.
  2. ^ Noer, Michael (March 11, 2011). "The 25 Largest Fictional Companies". Forbes.
  3. ^ Mooradian, Steve. "‘Iron Man’ movie’s Stark Industries is clearly a spoof of Lockheed Martin" Negative99.com, May 5, 2008.