Iron Man (4th series)


Series Details
Iron Man (4th series)
Publication Date: 
January 2005 to January 2009
Issue Numbering: 

Series continues from Iron Man (3rd series) following its cancelation with #89 the previous month. The last three issues of this title changed focus from Iron Man to War Machine. As this occurred, Iron Man launched a new title named "Invincible Iron Man," the first official series to bear that name.

Title seemed to change names several times, both on the cover and in the indicia. This site considers this series to be Iron Man (4th series) in its entirety. Our reasoning behind this can be found below.

Annuals / Specials: 

1 annual, Iron Man: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. Annual #1

Years Published Name of Series Issue Numbering Brief Description
1968 to 1996 Iron Man (1st series) #1-332 first ongoing series, continued from Tales of Suspense
1996 to 1997 Iron Man (2nd series) #1-13 Heroes Reborn
1998 to 2004 Iron Man (3rd series) #1-89 Heroes Return, Kurt Busiek
2005 to 2009 Iron Man (4th series) #1-35 Extremis, Civil War, Director of SHIELD
2008 to 2012 Invincible Iron Man (1st series) #1-33, 500-527 Dark Reign, Fear Itself, the Future
2013 to 2014 Iron Man (5th series) #1-28 Kieren Gillen series, AVX, Inhumanity
2015 Superior Iron Man #1-9 Inverted Tony Stark
2015 to 2016 Invincible Iron Man (2nd series) #1-14 1st Bendis series, Riri Williams introduction, Civil War II
2017 to 2018 Invincible Iron Man (3rd series) #1-11, 593-600 2nd Bendis series, Ironheart focus
2018 to 2020 Tony Stark: Iron Man #1-19 Stark Unlimited, questions his humanity
2020 to 2023 Iron Man (6th series) #1-25 War with Korvac over cosmic power

Crossovers/Events/Major Stories:

#1-6 - Extremis
#7-12 - Execute Program
#13-14 - Civil War
#15-18 - Director of S.H.I.E.L.D.
#19-20 - World War Hulk
#21-28 - Haunted
#29-32 - With Iron Hands
#33-35 - War Machine: Weapon of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Title's official name:
During its run, the title had a confusing official name. From its first issue, the adjective "Invincible" preceeded "Iron Man" on the cover, though its indicia only stated "Iron Man." The indicia eventually changed to "Invincible Iron Man" with #17. However, two issues earlier with #15, the subname of "Director of S.H.I.E.L.D." had been added to the cover. The indicia later changed to reflect this, though not until #29. The final three issues of the title (#33-35) was rebranded "War Machine: Weapon of S.H.I.E.L.D." though the indicia did not change.

Name of title by cover:
#1-12: Invincible Iron Man
#13-14: Iron Man
#15-32: Iron Man, Director of S.H.I.E.LD.
#33-35: War Machine, Weapon of S.H.I.E.LD.

Name of title by indicia:
#1-16: Iron Man
#17-28: Invincible Iron Man
#29-35: Iron Man, Director of S.H.I.E.LD.

Although this is open to interpretation, for the sake of simplicity, this site considers the title in its entirety to be Iron Man (4th series).

Last Updated: 
10th March 2024 by Douglas Mangum