Iron Man IV

Iron Patriot II

War Machine I

Nick Name
Civilian ID
James "Jim" Rupert "Rhodey" Rhodes


Aviation Engineer


Deep-Sea Salvage Engineer

Marine Lieutenant

Legal Status
Citizen of the United States with no criminal record.
Nation or Planet of Origin
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Group Affiliation

(The) Crew

Secret Defenders

Sentinel Squad O*N*E


West Coast Avengers

Base of Operations

Los Angeles, California

New York, New York

6' 1"
210 lbs.
Eye Color
Hair Color
Known Powers

James Rhodes possesses average intelligence and is a highly skilled pilot and hand-to-hand combatant with military training.

War Machine

War Machine armor enables the wearer to lift approximately 70 tons under standard operating conditions. Armors contain various generic and specialized offensive weaponry.

Generic features include:

  • Computerized Digital Communications including a two-way radio, phone and external computer interface.
  • Sensors: including radar, sonar, X-ray and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) capabilities.
  • Repulsors: Laser-guided particle beam emission units mounted in the palm of each hand.
  • Tri-beam: Multi-band light and force beam emitter adjustable to multiple uses including search light, heat beam, tractor beam, laser, holographic image inducers, ultraviolet light projector and electromagnetic pulse emission (EMP).
  • Force Shielded Armor granting the wearer a degree of invulnerability.
  • Boot Jets granting the power of sustained flight.
  • Human Senses Protection including sound bafflers and polarized lenses.
  • Life support and nutrition systems with underwater pressure tolerances of approximately 2000 feet and limited low orbit space capabilities.

War Machine armor is designed for combat conditions and in addition to upgraded features of an Iron Man armor has both a mini-cannon, mini-gun, a missile payload and helmet-mounted laser sight capable of tracking multiple targets.

  • Mini-Cannon capable of firing both lethal and non-lethal ordinance including: spent uranium armor-piercing shells, explosive and concussion grenades, high-temperature thermite, tear gas, and tracer, flare and smoke grenades without any adjustments.
  • Mini-Gun fires spent-uranium armor-piercing round either singularly or at 1000 rounds per second.
  • Missile payload: Anti-tank, anti-ship, spent uranium core armor-piercing, flame bomb, fire suppressant, smoke, tear gas, radio repeater and a sub-nuclear device.

Iron Man Armor

War Machine Armor

Common Enemies

Beetle I

Blizzard II


Firebrand I

Flying Tiger

Justin Hammer


Magma II

Mandarin I

Obadiah Stane

Radioactive Man




Regularly Appearing

Avengers Vol. 1 & 4

(The) Crew Vol. 1

Invincible Iron Man Vol. 1 & 2

Iron Man 2.0 Vol. 1

Force Works Vol. 1

Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars Vol. 1

Secret Avengers Vol. 1

Secret Wars II Vol. 1

Sentinel Squad O*N*E Vol. 1

Siren Vol. 1

U.S. War Machine Vol. 1

War Machine Vol. 1 & 2

West Coast Avengers Vol. 1

First Appearance

Jim Rhodes

Invincible Iron Man Vol. 1 #120 (May, 1979)

Iron Man IV

Invincible Iron Man Vol. 1 #170 (May, 1983)

War Machine I

Invincible Iron Man Vol. 1 #281 (June, 1992)


Jim Rhodes

David Michelinie & Carmine Infantino

Iron Man IV

Denny O'Neil & Luke McDonnell

War Machine I

Len Kaminski & Kevin Hopgood


United States Marine pilot Jim Rhode's helicopter was disabled by an enemy rocket. Landing the chopper safely he was attempting repairs when a strange armored man came crashing through the jungle.

At first skeptical of the strange Iron Man, Rhodes was convinced he was on the side of the United States when he fought off a platoon of enemy troops.

Allowing Iron Man to drain the downed helicopters batteries for power, the pilot and Iron Man trekked through the jungle until they discovered a hidden enemy rocket base. Stealing a helicopter and destroying the base, they flew to an American base.

Tony Stark (Iron Man I) offered Rhodes a job as a pilot when his tour of duty expired. After a few years back from the war, Rhodes contacted Stark and was hired as his personal pilot, bodyguard and chief aviation engineer.

When personal problems and alcoholism rendered Tony Stark useless as Iron Man, Rhodes was forced to don the armor to defend Stark International from the criminal Magma. Stark insisted Rhodes take full-time responsibility as Iron Man until he could recover from his alcoholism.

Rhodes would serve as Iron Man until the armor began to cause medical problems. He would later return to service with a new more lethal armor, designed specifically for him, known as the War Machine.

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