STATUS: True Enough
Reader Jamie wrote in a couple of weeks ago to ask a good question (well, I thought it was good) - which was basically "Why the heck was Thanos, Drax and Eros introduced in the pages of Iron Man of all places?"
I think it is a good question because it IS pretty odd for cosmic characters like these to be introduced in the pages of a book like Iron Man.
However, there's a very good explanation, and once again, my expert on all things Starlin, the great Daniel Best, has the answer.
As it turns out, Starlin first created Thanos when he was in college (Starlin went to college after serving a stint in the military in the late 60s) for a short time before getting involved in comics. Starlin developed the character during a psychology class.
After getting started working in comics in the early 1970s, Starlin was given an opportunity by Editor-in-Chief Roy Thomas to do a fill-in issue of Iron Man. And here's what I love about story (I'll let Starlin explain it from the great interview Best did with him):
I felt that this may be my only chance ever to do a character, not having the confidence that my career was going to last anything longer than a few weeks. So they got jammed into it. Thanos was a much thinner character and Roy suggested beefing him up, so he’s beefed up quite a bit from his original sketches from Iron Man, and later on I liked beefing him up so much that he continued to grow in size.
Isn't that a fascinating explanation for why Thanos was introduced in such an odd place? Starlin didn't think he would ever get the chance to write another comic, so he went "all in" with his first work!
Here's some snippets from Iron Man #55...
Luckily for all of us, this was NOT the "only chance" Starlin ever had to a character, and he was soon given Captain Marvel and Warlock to work with and that began an amazing stint at Marvel for Jim Starlin, one of the greatest writer/artists Marvel has ever known!