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|Born|| Donald L. Heck|
January 2, 1929
|Died|| February 23, 1995 (Age 66)|
Long Island, New York
|Positions|| Character Creator|
Donald L. Heck (born January 2, 1929; died February 23, 1995) is a comic book writer who co-created Iron Man among others. He is credited for his contributions on Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, X-Men, Spider-Man, X-Men: Evolution, Iron Man: Armored Adventures, The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Marvel Anime: Iron Man, Ultimate Spider-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ultimate Avengers, Ultimate Avengers II, The Invincible Iron Man, Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow, Planet Hulk, Iron Man: Rise of Technovore, and Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher. He provided key art on The Marvel Super Heroes.
He began working at Harvey Comics turning newspaper strips into comic books. He also worked at Comics Media, Quality Comics, Hillman Comics, and Toby Press. He began working at Atlas Comics in 1954. He worked on Strange Tales, Tales to Astonish, Strange Worlds, World of Fantasy, and Journey into Mystery. After Atlas became Marvel Comics, Heck co-created Iron Man with Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, and Jack Kirby. He also helped create Black Widow, Swordsman, Collector, Living Laser, Mantis, Polaris, and Havok. He also worked on Wonder Woman, The Flash, Detective Comics, Daredevil, Sub-Mariner, Ghost Rider, and The Avengers.