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Original Grey Armor
 Iron Man Armor MK I 001
First Appearance:
Tales of Suspense #39 (March 1963)
Armor Information:
Creator / Designer: Tony Stark
User(s): Tony Stark
Model Number:  Model 1
Mark Number:  Mark 1
Armor Color:  Grey
Status:  Unknown
Armor Features:
Electrical Power Supply
Preceded By:  None
Followed By:  Golden Armor

The Iron Man Armor Model 1 (Model I), also known as the Mark 1 Armor, and dubbed the Original Grey Armor, is an armor created by Tony Stark and Asian scientist Ho Yinsen based upon a prototype military heavy combat battlesuit designed by Stark himself. It was primarily used as a means of escape from the Sin-Cong terrorist organization.


The armor was created by Tony Stark, with the help of Ho Yinsen, when he was captured by terrorists in Afghanistan. The armor possessed an electromagnet in order to keep shrapnel from reaching Stark's heart, and it was used by him to escape captivity and avenge Yinsen's death at the hands of their captors.

When he returned to the United States, Stark perfectioned this armor into a second version technologically upgraded, which was Mark II.


Transportation Systems:

  • Boot-Jets: Iron Man had miniature electrically powered pressurized air jets built into his boots, which allowed him to make jet-assisted leaps.

Defensive Systems:

  • Magnetism: Iron Man’s armor was equipped with an array of miniature electromagnetic generators that allowed him to manipulate magnetic fields for a variety of effects:
    • Jamming - Iron Man could generate electromagnetic interference which could be used to jam transmissions or disrupt the function of nearby electrical equipment.
    • Reverse Magnetism - Iron Man could redirect the path of ferrous projectiles in flight.

Power Systems:

  • Electrical Power Supply: Iron Man’s armor was powered by a flat array of miniature batteries built into its chest plate. He could recharge these batteries by plugging his chest plate into any electrical source.

Medical Systems:

  • Pacemaker: Iron Man’s chest-plate contained an external pacemaker that electronically stimulated his injured heart, forcing it to function while worn.

Secondary Systems: Iron Man's armor was equipped with a variety of secondary systems:

  • Suction Cups: Iron Man’s gauntlets could be fitted with detachable suction cups that allowed him to adhere to smooth surfaces.
  • Finger Saw: Iron Man’s gauntlets were equipped with a variety of retractable cutting devices capable of cutting through wood and soft metals.
  • Lubrication System: Iron Man's armor was equipped with a lubrication system that could be used to quirt low pressure streams of oil.
  • Blow Torch: Iron Man's armor was equipped with a miniature blow torch.


  • This armor was repainted to become the Golden Armor.
  • While the Golden Armor was originally the same suit as the Original Grey Armor, Tony Stark has one of each color in his armor archive (as seen in, e.g., Marvel Knights Spider-Man #20, where we see May Parker in the grey suit and Mary Jane Watson Parker in the gold suit.). Presumably, Stark recreated the grey armor out of nostalgia.


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