Real Name: Robert Allan Copper (allegedly)
Identity/Class: Human, exotic technology user
Occupation: Would-be corporate spokesperson
Group Membership: None
Enemies: Marion Cooper
Known Relatives: (Allegedly) Marion Copper (ex-wife), one or more unidentified children
Base of Operations: Unrevealed
First Appearance: (Reference only) Iron Man Annual#15 (1994)
Powers/Abilities: The Tungsten armor, a "prototype battle suit of proprietary design," grants its wearer as-yet undescribed abilities, probably including superhuman strength and flight. Unlike most such suits of battle armor, it is accessorized by a bright red cape, suggesting that whatever its methods of propulsion are, they not incendiary enough to damage such a garment.
History: (Iron Man Annual#15 (fb) - BTS) - Following his divorce from Marion Copper, Robert Copper disappeared to parts unknown, defaulting on several hundred thousand dollars in alimony and child-care payments.
(Iron Man Annual#15 (fb) - BTS) - Later, the armored entrepreneur called Tungsten surfaced and inundated newspapers on both the East Coast and the West Coast with advertisements offering his services as a super-powered corporate spokesperson. Several companies, including Dynamic Concepts, expressed an interest in his offer. Despite his desire for fame, Tungsten took care to keep his true identity a secret.
(Iron Man Annual#15 (fb) - BTS) - Marion Copper allegedly recognized Tungsten as her ex-husband Robert, whom she described as a "no-account drifter with a knack for tools." She gave the press several interviews identifying herself as Tungsten's ex-wife, declaring that as soon as he obtain the corporate contract he sought, she would "sue him till he can't stand up."
(Iron Man Annual#15) - Writer Keith Pilgrim referred to the Tungsten case in "Super Hero Spokesmen All the Rage," his article about armored corporate spokespersons, or "spokesmasks."
Comments: Created by Len Kaminski and Scott Benson.
Tungsten was never depicted.
"Dynamic Concepts" is probably an indirect reference to Marvel's Distinguished Competition.
Although discussed in an article about super-heroes, it is unclear whether or not Tungsten in fact fought crime or wished only to operate as a corporate employee.
Profile by Ronald Byrd.
Tungsten (allegedly Robert Allan Copper) should not be confused with:
Iron Man Annual#15 (1994) - Len Kaminski and Robert Benson (script), Nel Yomtov (editor)
Last updated: 07/06/08
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