Here is an archive of all the past top five lists I’ve done over the years.
With Captain America: Civil War due out later this year, I was inspired to do a Top Five Captain America/Iron Man fights.
Avengers Volume 1 #4
So Captain America has just woken up in the future, realizing that his life has passed him behind AND his partner, Bucky, has been killed in front of him right before he dies. Then, after he processes all that information super quickly, he then has a bunch of costumed folks doubting that he is really who he says he is. So what does he? Dares them to “conquer him.”
How badass is Captain America? Anyhow, this Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and George Roussos fight is not really a full fight, but damned if it isn’t awesome none the less.
Civil War: Casualties of War #1
In this one-shot by Christos Gage, Jeremy Haun and Mark Morales, Cap and Iron Man call a truce during Civil War to talk. They end up fighting, of course, but interestingly enough, they do it sans armor for Iron Man, as Gage cleverly intercuts their fight with flashbacks to the time (during Bob Layton and David Michelinie’s run) when Cap trained Tony Stark (who he didn’t know was Iron man at the time) how to fight…
I love the flashbacks, but the fight itself just sort of tapered off out of nowhere.
Avengers Volume 5 #29
During the Original Sin crossover, Captain America discovered that Iron Man and the Illuminati had wiped Cap’s mind of their existence. He was none too pleased about this and he confronts Tony in his workshop along with the rest of the Avengers…
Very cool sequence by Jonathan Hickman, Leinil Yu and Gerry Alanguilan, but it got cut off a bit too quickly by the Time Gem going haywire to rank higher.
Civil War #7
This Mark Millar, Steve McNiven and Dexter Vines sequence is the heart of the Civil War storyline, but it’s really more of a Captain America AND Vision vs. Iron Man fight, right?
Otherwise, it’d be in the Top Five for sure!
Captain American Annual #9
In this story by Roy and Dann Thomas, Jim Valentino and Sam De La Rosa, all the inhabitants of a small town in Washington have been driven crazy by infected trout (they’re celebrating their annual trout festival). So has Iron Man, leaving Captain America to try to figure out a way to stop his teammate (Cap has determined that extreme cold kills the virus, so he lures Iron Man out to the top of a snowy mountain to try to freeze the virus out of him, and hopefully hold him off until the cold works)…
5. Civil War #3
Mark Millar, Steve McNiven and Dexter Vines deliver a striking fight (although look at what Cap does here, how does it make any sense for him to later complain about Iron Man not fighting fair?!?)…
It’s broken up by the clone of Thor showing up on the scene.
4. Avengers Volume 5 #44
Jonathan Hickman and I believe Kev Walker (Stefano Casseli also drew part of the issue, but I think this fight scene is by Walker) end this particular series with the two men who began the Avengers expansion at the beginning of the run fighting each other, with Cap now an old man using a Stark-designed suit of armor and Tony Stark having turned evil due to the events of Axis (his personality was “inverted,” making him more evil than good)…
The fight is broken up by an Incursion, which led to Secret Wars.
3. Captain American: Sentinel of Liberty #5-6
I initially mistakenly recalled this two-parter as a retelling of Tales of Suspense #58, but instead, it was a brand-new story by Mark Waid, Ron Garney and Dan Green set in the early days of Captain America’s return after being in suspended animation (Sentinel of Liberty was basically a Legends of the Dark Knight series for Captain America, with stories set in all different points in time). Iron Man has been brainwashed by an alien and is forced to fight Cap. I love how Iron Man narrates the fight even though he’s brainwashed…
Such a stunning piece of storytelling by Waid and Garney.
2. Tales of Suspense #58
In this full-length story by Stan Lee, Don Heck and Dick Ayers, Captain America becomes co-headliner of the book that he would ultimately take over for his own a little over 40 issues later. The Chameleon tricks Iron Man into believing that the real Captain America is secretly, well, the Chameleon…
I love that Iron Man once had to recharge his batteries or DIE.
He tracks Cap down to a factory where Cap has a good showing for himself…
When Tony escapes, he sees Cap save Happy Hogan from being hurt and Tony realizes that this is the REAL Cap and the hostilities cease.
1. Iron Man #228/Captain America #341
This was a really good set-up for a fight between heroes. Iron Man was caught up in his Armor Wars, where he was going around wiping his technology from all armors out there, because he didn’t want bad guys to be able to ever reverse engineer his armors for evil. In Iron Man #228 (by Bob Layton, David Michelinie and M.D. Bright), he goes to take out the Guardsman armor that Guarsmen used to guard the supervillain prison known as The Vault.
Captain America, then going by the name The Captain, steps in to stop Iron Man from doing this, using a new shield that Iron Man had JUST made for him!
What a great ending. Brutal stuff.
Anyhow, eventually Cap confronts Tony in Captain America #341 (by Mark Gruenwald, Kieron Dwyer and Al Milgrom) and it is awesome. I love how, first things first, Cap returns the shield…forcibly…
And then things get really real…
Delicious stuff. Cap held a grudge against Tony until SIXTY ISSUES later.
Okay, that’s the top five! Agree? Disagree? Let me know!