This thread is dedicated specifically to Iron Man's golden armor.
Many people think that this (and all of his other older armors) were practically fodder. I am going to create this thread in order to put those opinions to rest. Aside from its appearance, this armor is definitely nothing to laugh at. So here are some feats!
The idea that Iron Man could only lift 60-75 tons in his earliest armors, and as he made new ones they got higher to 85 or 90, is just ludicrous. All of his classic armors, including this one, have thousand tonner level strength feats. Here are some feats of strength that Iron Man has accomplished while using his golden armor.
First, I'll set the tone with some lower end strength feats so it doesn't look like Tony only has high end strength feats with this armor.
Scan 1: Not only displays Iron Man casually walking through a brick wall, but he also pushes a 10 ton truck easily. Tony considers it a "fairly simple task"; Scan 2: Uproots a tree and chops down another with his bare hands; Scan 3-4: Catches a cannonball (in the next scan he ends up crushing it into pieces); Scan 5: Brings down an entire prison wall after easily smashing prison gates; Scan 6: Punches a multi-ton vehicle away several yards; Scan 7: Catches a steel pipe which was slingshotted by the Hulk and manages to reshape it into a grappling hook that he throws at the green behemoth. Casually bending and squeezing steel like it's playdoh. He's also lifted and thrown an armored prison vehicle at guards:
Let's skip the baby stuff and move onto the good feats:
Scan 1-2: We have Iron Man stopping a sabotaged missile (which as you could see easily dwarfed the size of people who look like ants in comparison). Not only does he stop the missile from flying out of control, but he also manages to lift while on the ground. At the very least, this is a 100+ ton feat based on the size of the missile; Scan 3: Stops two ocean liner ships from colliding into one another. These weigh thousands of tons; Scan 4: Punches the Hulk in the face which seems to hurt him enough to force him to release his grip of Thor whom he had in a headlock; Scan 5: Blitzes Hulk from behind and manages to send him flying into the water; Scan 6: Briefly stalemates Thor in an arm-wrestling competition. Tony is even confident that he can do it all day long. I personally don't believe Stark could have stalemated Thor for very long, but this is impressive because the scan itself shows Tony stalemating for several seconds.
Up next is the durability of this golden armor. Like his strength feats, his durability is actually pretty noteworthy as well. Once again, I'll start out with some lower level durability feats and then finish off strong with some higher ends ones.
That missile feat could be considered a durability one as well since Tony takes the "full brunt of the impact himself" as he catches and lands with it. However, here are some more durability feats that haven't been posted yet:
Scan 1: No-sells spears being thrown at him and chariots fail to even stagger him after attempting to plow him over; Scan 2: Withstands jackhammer shells from a gun, shrapnel charges, smokescreen pinwheels, and corrosive gas. None of it works; Scan 3-5: Tanks hits from a pissed off Grey Hulk without screaming in pain. It should be noted that, yes, Iron Man did end up losing this battle, but up until this point Tony had never encountered anything or anyone this powerful nor did he know anything about the Hulk. As he goes up against more and more powerful characters, he adjusts his armor accordingly which is evident in his next fight against Hulk in that armor. It's also pretty notable that he survived so many hits from a pissed Hulk with his armor being, for the most part, in one piece.
This armor has also withstood a punch from a Doombot (which is stated in the handbook entry to be physically capable of matching the Thing in hand-to-hand combat):
The next scans all involve the Incredible Hulk. This time he's green and more savage. The first couple scans are from re-tellings:
Scan 1-3: A re-telling from the Avengers #1. He seems to be tanking Hulk's hits MUCH better than he did the first them they ever fought. Tanks punches, dropkicks, tackles, a thunderclap, and even has objects smashed against him to no avail; Scan 4: Tanks Hulk throwing Thor at Iron Man. Considering how sturdy, solid, heavy, and durable Thor is, I'd say this is a pretty good feat; Scan 5: Directly tanks a punch from the Hulk and is fine afterwards.
This armor is actually surprisingly quick for being so old, clunky, and out-dated. Tony has several millisecond feats under his belt with this armor and has displayed effective agility/speed against his fellow Avengers as well. Also, there is this misconception about Iron Man only being "as fast as the man inside", but that's horribly incorrect. Not only does his arc reactor amp his reflexes and speed, but the armor itself also speeds Tony up and amps his speed. After all, the armor is connected directly to and controlled by the brain.
Scan 1: On his transistor powered jet skates, he could travel 200 mph; Scan 2: While using his boot jets, he could travel from the center of the Earth all the way to the surface all while having a conversation with Kala (that's traveling over 3,900 miles within moments); Scan 3: Moves at the speed of thought with a microsecond to spare in order to save Happy and Pepper from being crushed; Scan 4: Narrator claims that Iron Man reacts within a "split-second" to activate a magnetizing button on his armor before an object comes flying at him. It's important to note that a "split-second" is literally defined as anything less than a second. If we are conservative about this narrator statement, at worst it's a millisecond reflex/reaction feat; Scan 5: Not only does his armor alert him of Mjolnir flying at him, but the magnetic counter is used within another "split-second". Thor was likely holding back, but the split-second part is what is important here; Scan 6: Deflects bullets with reverse magnetism AFTER they are fired. This is a bullet timing feat and it was accomplished in an armor inferior to the golden one; Scan 7: Dodges Hulk's attack. Scan 8: Catches up to missiles and even catches/tears apart one. This is a travel and reaction speed feat.
Iron Man isn't exactly Spider-Man in this suit, but he's not exactly a slowpoke either.
Back in the classic days it seemed like there was no difference between his magnetism and his repulsors. They were often called magnetic repulsor rays and he used his "repulsor" as a type of magnetic TK. However, eventually the writers began to separate those powers. His magnetism became separate from his repulsors. Tony claims that they could be used as pulsed energy beams AND as magnetism. Here is a description from Tony Stark on how repulsors work:
For this section we're going to try to look at his repulsor ray "PULSED energy beams" only.
Scan 1: Uni-beam provides a heat ray effect; Scan 2: Counters Doctor Doom's electromagnetic force-field with a properly phased repulsor blast; Scan 3-4: Harms Grey Hulk with his repulsors. He not only makes him scream out in pain, but Grey Hulk himself actually admits that he's in pain; Scan 4: Hulk screams out in pain after golden Iron Man blasts him. It should be noted that M-11, the human robot, uses electrical attacks on Hulk at the same time. However, all they manage to do is stagger him. As soon as Iron Man joins the fray and blasts him at the same time M-11 electrocutes him, Hulk starts screaming and admits he's in pain and that it makes him angry; Scan 5: Hulk squeezes Iron Man and implies that he's going to break open the armor. Iron Man blasts him which makes him release his grip of Tony; Scan 6: Staggers the Hulk with his uni-beam; Scan 7: Blasts Hulk in the face which not only makes him scream out in pain and let go of Tony, but it also blinds him and he struggles to recover.
A lot of people are unfamiliar with the fact that one of Iron Man's first abilities was limited control over electromagnetism. That's actually how he was able to evade the terrorists in his first armor. He deflected rockets and bullets with his magnetism. The cool thing about Iron Man's magnetism is that he doesn't actually need an object to be metallic or magnetic in nature for his magnetism to work. He uses magnetism for low end feats and high end ones. From disarming enemies, moving heavy objects, to holding down powerhouses. We'll start with some lower end magnetism feats.
Scan 1-2: Casually grabs 7 cars with his magnetism and simply juggles them around for entertainment. If we go by low-end estimates and assume these cars each weighed 1,000 lbs that's a casual 7 ton lifting feat. Many cars today, and back then, weighed 2-3 tons; Scan 3: Magnetizes his boots to the floor in order to prevent being sent flying after the Hulk pushes and sends a multi-ton moon tank vehicle at him; Scan 4: We've already seen this scan. Again, an inferior armor deflecting bullets with magnetism; Scan 5: Disarming two thugs' guns with magnetism; Scan 6: Magnetizes a crane which results in the disarming of several gangsters. This scan also displays Iron Man's resistance to magnetic control.
These feats prove that, when he has higher end usage of magnetism, they aren't outliers or a rarely used ability.
Scan 1: We've already seen Iron Man reacting to Mjolnir, but this shows his level of magnetism control as he deflects Thor's enchanted hammer; Scan 2: Sends a magnetic device upward which, in turn, alters the course of atomic bullets sent flying at Stark (admittedly I could have used this as a speed feat too since he reacts after the bullets are fired); Scan 3: Uses his transistor powered magnetism which keeps Hulk and Giant-Man at bay and spinning uncontrollably. They are unable to escape until Wasp and Thor saves them; Scan 4: Briefly holds down an angry Hulk with his magnetism. Hulk struggles greatly and even claims, "This won't... Hold me... For Long!" which definitely shows how effective it was; Scan 6: Arguably his best feat of magnetism. Iron Man manages to swoop into the desert where Hulk and Thor are fighting. He proceeds to break it up single-handedly with his magnetism by holding them both down. Hulk is stuck in a swinging position and Thor even says, "Iron Man -- release me!" which implies that he couldn't do it himself.
Some might not like these feats and regard them as bad writing, but I disagree. Iron Man's magnetism held them for moments. Seconds even. No one is suggesting that Iron Man could hold them indefinitely or that they couldn't break out of his hold eventually. Still, even controlling/holding down these characters for a short time is still impressive.
This armor has limited energy absorption feats, but I do believe that they are worth posting. He uses a solar powered battery which absorbs the sun's cosmic rays. Scan 3 displays this.
Scan 1: Gets drained by one of Doctor Doom's machines and needs a recharge. Thor gives him some lightning to absorb which allows Iron Man to make an instant recovery. Scan 2: Manipulated and drained by an energy neutralizing tractor beam, but manages to analyze the frequency and absorb from the power source which keeps him in the fight. Tony claims that, "Even though he's disrupting my power source, I'm now using his..." Scan 3: Solar powered batteries absorb the sun's rays.
Iron Man is one of the most versatile characters out there. He wasn't as versatile in this armor, but he still had a lot of tricks up his sleeve.
Scan 1: Emits tight beam sonics which makes an enemy scream out in pain and begs for him to stop; Scan 2: Emits an electrical surge which manages to actually hurt the Hulk (the Space Phantom was in control of the Hulk's body, so HE was the one scared by the pain and not the Hulk who the narrator admits would have fought through the pain); Scan 3: Displays radar scanners; Scan 4-5: Transistor powered diamond drill capable of tunneling underground and through the toughest of rocks; Scan 6: Has tear gas in his equipment. Scan 7: Shocks and harms Noh-Varr the Kree Protector.
Iron Man has always been a versatile character and powerful character. Even in his older armors.
Iron Man: The Iron Age Issues 1 & 2, Tales of Suspense Issues 40-47, Fury Issue 1, The Avengers Issues 1, 1.5, & 2, Marvel Comics Presents Issue 58, Avengers vs. Atlas Issue 3, Avengers: The Origin Issues 4-5, and Savage Hulk: One Shot Issue 1, Hulk: Gray Issues 3-4, Iron Man & the Armor Wars.