Professor Ho Yinsen
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During Ho Yinsen's captivity, American inventor Anthony Stark was sent to Vietnam to supervise a field test of one of his new tranistorized weapons. While in Vietnam, Stark tripped a booby trap. The resulting explosion lodged a piece of shrapnel in his chest. The gravely injured Stark was taken captive by the Communist leader Wong-Chu, and informed that the shrapnel would penetrate his heart within a week, killing him. Wong-Chu offered Stark at deal: if he would build a power weapon for the Communists, he would allow his surgeons to save Stark's life. Stark agreed, hoping to gain time and access to tools.
Stark was given access to a small laboratory in communist territory along with fellow captive, Professor Ho Yinsen. Yinsen helped Stark design and build an electrically powered suit of iron armor and equipped it with a variety of offensive weaponry. The armor also contained pacemaker-like device which would enable Stark's injured heart to keep beating after the shrapnel entered it. Donning the suit, Stark connected it to an electrical generator to charge. Lying on a table Stark was helpless until the suit was fully charged. His captor, Wong-Chu, sensed something was amiss and came to investigate with armed men. Realizing he was sacrificing his life, Professor Yinsen went out to confront Wong-Chu, giving Stark the extra time he needed to fully charge the armored suit. As Iron Man, Stark avenged Yinsens death and scattered Wong Chu's guerilla troops.
It is found that Professor Yinsen had not immediately died from the gunshot wounds. He was teaching his knowledge to a fellow prisoner in the camp, a young man named Sun-Tao. After Wong-Chu ordered his men to fire on Professor Yinsen, he amusedly made Sun-Tao bury his body in the jungle. Sun-Tao was surprised to see that the professor still drew some breath. In his dying moment he passed on a notebook to the young man. Immediately afterwards, "The Great Salvager" appeared and wordlessly told Sun-Tao that he was collecting on an old transaction he had made.
Years later, Iron Man travels to a mobile station named New Timbetpal inhabited by a group of monks led by Sun-Tao who believe that Professor Yinsen is their great teacher. Iron Man, along with a band of the monks swarm a village inhabited by the evil tyrant, Wong-Chu, who is known to now be one of the biggest drug lords on Earth. They are captured and told that Professor Yinsen is still alive.
After the battle, they return to New Timbetpal where Tony Stark is told he may see Professor Yinsen. It is then we find that "The Great Salvager" has only saved the part of him that he felt mattered: his living brain.
First Appearance: Tales of Suspense (1959) #39
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Age of Innocence: The Rebirth of Iron Man (1996)
#1 Invincible Iron Man (2008)
- 'The Rebirth of Iron Man'
Annual 01 Iron Man (1968)
- 'Mandarin: The Story of My Life'#500.1
- 'What It Was Like, What Happened, And What It's Like Now'
Annual 12 Iron Man (1998)
- 'The Homecoming'#1
- 'Alone Against A.I.M. !'#47
- 'Why Must There Be An Iron Man?'#68
- 'Night of the Rising Sun!'#122
- 'The Persistence of Memory'#268
- 'First Blood'#274
- 'Dragon Lord'#288
- 'Ground Zero'
Annual 2000 Iron Man (2005)
- 'The Invisible Iron Man'#31
- 'This Ol' Heart O' Mine'#32
- 'Gods and Monsters'#48
- 'The Frankenstein Syndrome Part 3'#50
- 'Tin Man'
Iron Man (2013)
Iron Man ACDC Custom Comic (2010)
Iron Man Legacy (2010)
Iron Man: Extremis Director's Cut (2010)
#5 Iron Man: Fatal Frontier (2013)
- 'Extremis, Five of Six'
Iron Man: Requiem (2010)
Iron Man: The Iron Age (1998)
Marvel Legends (2007)
#22 Marvel Limited: Fantastic Firsts (1994)
- 'Guest-Starring Union Jack!'#26
- 'Iron Man Wanted For Murder!'
Marvel Super-Heroes (1967)
#28 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
- 'The Stiltman Cometh!'
HC vol. 13 Tales of Suspense (1959)
- 'Valkyrior Steeds to Maximillian Zaran'
Tales of Suspense (Faksimile) (1999)
The All-New Iron Manual (2008)
What If? Special (1988)
#1 What If...? (1989)
- 'What If Iron Man Had Been a Traitor?'
- 'What If Iron Man Went Public?'
Iron Man (2008)
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