First appearance “Iron Man” #118 (1979)
Created by David Michelinie and Bob Layton
Military vet “Rhodey” has thrilled fans for decades, first filling in for Iron Man while Tony Stark struggled with alcoholism, and then taking on his own identity, the heavily armed War Machine. In addition to being an Avenger, Rhodes carved his own legacy of patriotism, including a stint as the Iron Patriot. Film fans are very familiar with the character, as he’s appeared in multiple Marvel Studios movies — first played by Terrence Howard in 2008’s original “Iron Man,” and then in armor by Don Cheadle in multiple follow-ups.