Comics: Smash That Stereotype

Not to be confused with the American Iron Man, the original Iron Man dates back to 1941 and is believed to be the first Canadian superhero committed to print. He was the last surviving member of a race of people who lived in the South Seas. After his people were killed in an earthquake, he lived alone in an underwater palace. World War II propelled him out of his grief and isolation as he joined the Allied cause against the Nazis. Iron Man was the first Canadian superhero to appear after wartime shortages caused a ban on the import of U.S. comics in December 1940, according to the International Catalog of Superheroes. (Sorry Captain Canuck fans.)