Harold Joseph 'Happy' Hogan (Marvel)
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Harold "Happy" Hogan got his famous incongruous nickname for his constant refusal to smile during his boxing days.
During a stock-car race in which one of the participants was Tony Stark (Iron Man), Hogan rescued the playboy millionaire after his car was involved in a brutal collision. As a token of his gratitude, Stark hired the boxer as his personal chauffeur. Hogan soon fell in love with Stark's secretary Virginia "Pepper" Potts and was constantly trying to get her to go out with him. Eventually she agreed and soon thereafter the couple married.
Hogan inadvertently was transformed not once, not twice, but three times into the monster known as the Freak. The first time was after an injury sustained during an incident with the Titanium Man. The second time was after exposure to cobalt rays when assisting Stark in building a new set of armor. The third time was after suffering injuries while filling in as Iron Man. (In the first and third instances, a Stark-designed device called an "Enervator" served as a catalyst for the transformation.) After the last instance of becoming the Freak, Pepper decided that being involved in Tony Stark's life was too dangerous for the couple, and they took an extended leave of absence.
Much later, Stark friend and confidante Jim "Rhodey" Rhodes called on Hogan (as one who had once worn the Iron Man armor) to assist him (and others who had at one time played Iron Man) against the giant robot Ultimo. The group proved successful against the threat (thanks to a late and timely arrival by Tony Stark in new armor), and afterwards Hogan wasn't heard from again until he invited Tony Stark to see one of his hot new boxing prospects in action. This prospect turned out to be none other than Spymaster, and Hogan amazingly beat him in a fight after the villain connived his way into the secret levels of Stark Enterprises.
Ironically, it was a new incarnation of Spymaster who grievously injured Hogan, leading to his hospitalization on life-support. Pepper begged Tony Stark, who could interface with the life-support machines using his Extremis-enhanced abilities, to pull the plug and stop Hogan’s suffering. At first Stark refused, but later decided to do it after the Invisible Woman convinced him.
In Superior Iron Man #5, it's revealed Hogan has a secret son who became Teen Abomination.
First Appearance: Tales of Suspense (1959) #45
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Age of Innocence: The Rebirth of Iron Man (1996)
nn Avengers (1998)
- 'The Rebirth of Iron Man'
2001 Annual Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (2005)
- 'The Third Man'#27#28
- 'The Death-Song of Kulan-Gath Part 1: Long Shadows of Forgotten Spires'#32
- 'Behind the Masque!'
Black Panther (1998)
Bring Back the Bad Guys (1998)
Captain America (1998)
HC vol. 02 Civil War (2006)
- 'Captain America: American Nightmare'
Force Works (1994)
#8 Invincible Iron Man (2008)
- 'Tidings of Comfort and Joy'#10
#500.1 Iron Man (1968)
- 'What It Was Like, What Happened, And What It's Like Now'
#3 Iron Man (1998)
- 'My Friend, My Foe: the Freak'#4
- 'Unconquered Is the Unicorn'#19
- 'What Price Life?!'#21
- 'The Replacement!'#26
- 'Duel In a Dark Dimension!'#37
- 'In This Hour of Earthdoom!'#59
- 'A Madness In Motown!'#60
- 'Cry Marauder!'#61
- 'Death Knells Over Detroit!'#63
- 'Enter: Dr. Spectrum'#64
- 'Rokk Cometh!'#65
- 'The Cutting Edge of Death!'#66
- 'Battle Royal!'#67
- 'Return of the Freak'#69
- 'Who Shall Stop...Ultimo?'#71
- 'Battle: Tooth and Yellow Claw!'#73
- 'Turnabout: A Most Foul Play!'#82
- 'Plunder of the Apes!'#83
- 'The Rage of the Red Ghost!'#84
- 'Night of the Walking Bomb!'#85
- '...And the Freak Shall Inherit the Earth!'#86
- 'The Gentleman's Name Is Blizzard!'#87
- 'The Icy Hand of Death!'#88
- 'Fear Wears Two Faces!'#112
- 'Moon Wars!'#199
- 'And One of Them Must Die!'#200
- 'Sky Duel!'#210
- 'Happy's Story'#284
- 'Legacy of Iron'#288
- 'Ground Zero'#292
- 'Mixed Reactions'#297
- 'Heart of Stone'#299
- 'The Doomsday Machine!'#313
- 'Old Soldiers'#318
- 'Hot Metal'#319
- 'Shadows Call'#327
- 'Heart of Ice'#329
- 'Facing Facts'
#2 Iron Man (2005)
- 'Hidden Assets'#3
- 'The Art of the Deal'#4
- 'Trouble in Paradise'#5
- 'Into The Fire'#6
- 'In Deep'#8
- 'The Hunt'#9
- 'Field of Honor'#11
- 'Schedule Conflicts'#12
- 'Spoils of War!'#13
- 'A Question of Control'#14
- 'To Challenge the Fantastic'#15
- 'Exploded View'#16
- 'Scale Model'#17
- 'Your Young Men Shall Slay Dragons'#18
- 'Sunset Intrigues'#19
- 'Smart Weapons, Foolish Choices'#20
- 'Cheating Death'#23
- 'Ultimate Danger!'#24
- 'Ultimate Fury!'#25
- 'Ultimate Devastation!'#26
- 'The Mask in the Iron Man, Part 1: A Boy and His Toys'#27
- 'The Mask in the Iron Man, Part 2: The Dream Machine'#28
- 'The Mask in the Iron Man, Part 3: My Own Worst Enemy'#29
- 'The Mask in the Iron Man, Part 4: My Bodyguard'#37
- 'Remote Control Part 1'#38
- 'Remote Control Part 2'#39
- 'Remote Control Part 3: Starks and Stones'#41
- 'The Big Bang Theory'#45
- 'The Big Bang Theory: Conclusion'#46
- 'The Frankenstein Syndrome'#47
- 'The Frankenstein Syndrome Part 2'#49
- ''Nuff Said'#50
- 'Tin Man'#51
- 'Jane Doe pt 1'#54
- 'Book of the Ten Rings Chapter Two'#55
- 'Book of the Ten Rings Chapter Three'#56
- 'Sympathy for the Devil Part One of Three'#59
- '... In Shining Iron Part 1'#60
- '... In Shining Iron Part 2'#61
- '... In Shining Iron Part 3'#62
- 'You Can't Always Get...'#63
- '... What You Want'#65
- 'Manhunt Part One'#66
- 'Manhunt Part Two'#68
- 'Manhunt Part Four'#69
- 'Manhunt Part Five'#79
- 'The Deep End - Meeting Hell'#86
- 'The Singularity Part 1'#87
- 'The Singularity Part 2'#88
- 'The Singularity Part 3'#89
- 'The Singularity Part 4'
#13 Iron Man: Bad Blood (2000)
- 'Civil War'#14
- 'Civil War'
#1 Iron Man: Enter the Mandarin (2007)
- 'Bad Blood, Part 1: A Gathering Dark'#3
- 'Bad Blood, Part 3: Enemy Mind'#4
- 'Bad Blood, Part 4: Terminal Space'
Iron Man: The Iron Age (1998)
Iron Man: The Legend (1996)
Iron Man: Viva Las Vegas (2008)
Iron Man/Captain America '98 (1998)
Marvel Collectors' Item Classics (1965)
Marvel Comics Presents (1988)
#58 Marvel Double Feature (1973)
- 'You Can Run...But You Can't Hide/Communion/The Old Man In The Sea/Neutralizing Effects'
Marvel Encyclopedia (2014)
Marvel Héroes (2010)
#22 Marvel Heroes & Legends (1997)
- 'La Viuda Negra: Red de Intrigas'
#1 Marvel Legacy: The 1960's Handbook (2006)
- 'Avengers Assemble!'
Marvel Spotlight: Civil War Aftermath (2007)
Marvel Super-Heroes (1967)
Marvel Tales (1964)
Marvel Tales: Black Widow (2019)
Marvel: Heroes & Legends (1996)
#1 Marvel's Greatest Comics (1969)
- 'For Better and For Worse!'
Mega Marvel (1997)
Shadows & Light (1998)
Superior Iron Man (2015)
#5 Tales of Suspense (1959)
- 'Chapter 5: The Origin of Teen Abomination'
Tales of Suspense (Faksimile) (1999)
#52 The All-New Iron Manual (2008)
- 'Crimson Dynamo schlägt wieder zu!'
The Avengers (1963)
#9 The Invincible Iron Man (2007)
- 'The Coming of the... Wonder Man!'#16
- 'The Old Order Changeth!'#503
- 'Chaos, Part Four of Four'
The Invincible Iron Man DVD-ROM (2007)
The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
HC Thunderbolts (1997)
- 'The Marvel Encyclopedia'
Tony Stark: Iron Man (2018)
#9 Untold Tales of Spider-Man (1995)
- 'Stark Realities: Part Four "With a Heart of Steel"'
What If? Special (1988)
- 'What If Iron Man Had Been a Traitor?'
Iron Man (2008)
Maria Stark Foundation
Stark Industries (Marvel)
Stark International (Marvel)
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