Hal Stark is a billionaire and founder of Stark Air-Crafts. Hal was working on a flight simulator when the device suddenly took off with Hal in it.
Stark discovered that the flight simulator was being drawn to a distant planet. Hal crashed landed on the planet yards away from alien space craft wreckage. Hal was badly injured with shards of metal stuck in his chest, Hal decided to make his way over to the ship in hope of survival.
Stark stumbled on to the ship where he found a dying alien called Rhomann Sur. Rhomann Sur was sent by Oa, the Living Planet to deliver a message to Hal but, before Rhomann could give Hal the message, he died from his injuries.
Hal, realizing he was dying as well, used all of his genius and engineering skills to make a high-tech suit made from parts of the alien ship. The suit was powered by a mysterious battery which reminded Hal of a lantern [the super powered battery was the item that Rhomann was meant to deliver to Hal from Oa].
Not only keeping Hal alive, the suit also gave Hal amazing powers such as flight, super strength, super speed, time travel, energy manipulation and energy projection.
On his way out of the wreckage, Hal was attacked by the alien who shot Rhomann’s ship and was after Hal's super powered battery. The alien was heavily armed but was no match for Hal, for Hal easily beat the alien with his new found powers. After the battle, Hal decided to use his powers for good. On his way back to Earth, Hal took the name Iron Lantern.
Powers and abilities
Iron Lantern wears an armor that can generate a variety of effects, such as:
- Constructs of green 'solid-energy', often of tremendous size and/or complexity.
- Plasma bolts
- Semi-sentient computers.
- Flight, including flight at speeds beyond that of light by the use of wormholes.
- Time travel
- Almost unlimited telepathic powers
- Translation of virtually all languages
- Force field generation
The armor gives him superhuman strength and durability.
The armor is also able to convert nearby energy sources, such as heat or kinetic energy into electricity. The armor has jet skates that are now so powerful, Iron Lantern can skate forward towing an entire train behind him. Miniature panes can protect Iron Lantern's eyes when needed. In addition, the armor can be completely sealed for operations in vacuum or underwater, and is shielded against radiation.
The onboard systems of the armor are controlled by Hal Stark's brain patterns, read from a cybernetic interface in his helmet.
The armor has a uni-beam projector in its chest; pulse bolts that pick up kinetic energy along the way, so that they hit harder the further they have to travel and an electromagnetic pulse generator.
Other capabilities include generation of ultra-freon, creating and manipulating of magnetic fields, sonic blasts and a holographic generator to create decoys.
Apart from the powers granted him by the suit, Stark is an inventive genius, constantly creating new technology and looking for ways to improve it. He is well-respected in the business world, able to command people's attentions when he speaks on economic matters. He is known for the loyalty he commands from and returns to those who work for him, as well as impeccable business ethics.