Claude Starkowitz was something of a disconnected mecanic. He was friends with Lee Switzler, another entrapeneur. Claude would frequently make outlandish statements implying that he was Tony Stark's cousin.
Claude Starkowitz was created by Bill Mantlo and Gene Coland and first appeared in Howard the Duck issue 30 (1979).
Major Story Arcs
Claude was contacted by lee Switzler into helping him and his griend Howard the Duck. Claude, honering this request, invented Howard the Duck's "Iron Duck" armor. It bore a striking resemblance to Tony "Iron Man" Stark. While the Iron Duck armor of his own invention was effective enough to get the job done, it almost killed its wearer, Howard. Claude later worked as a mechanic for Lee Switzler's "To Hack and Back" Cab company.