15 Most Inappropriate Comics Storylines Of All Time
15. Tony Stark The Lush
One of the things that has set Marvel apart from its competitors is in their humanising of their superhuman characters. Spider-Man is a goofy, bullied teen; The Fantastic Four are an average bickering family, with added cosmic powers; the X-Men are hated and feared. Iron Man, on the other hand, was principally created as a rich arms dealer because Stan Lee wanted to troll hippies during the Cold War.
So how to bring him down from that mean spirited, satirical height, and into a "real" human character? Make him an alcoholic, duh.
Demon In A Bottle is considered a classic in the comic book canon, and it certainly helped redefine Tony Stark, his alcoholism becoming a permanent aspect of his characterisation that has been referred back to ever since. At the same time...it's a story about a drunk superhero. And one that ends with him pretty much conquering his drinking problems after a few weeks, which is hardly the most realistic depiction of a drinking problem.
Admittedly, it's a depiction of alcoholism in a guy who has a flying robot suit, but if you're gonna bring real life into your comic book, you've got to play by its rules at least a little.