The Iron Corporal
Army War Heroes Vol 1 22
First appearance of the Iron Corporal in Army War Heroes.
Publication information
Publisher Charlton Comics
First appearance Army War Heroes #22 (Nov. 1967)
Created by Willi Franz and Nicholas Alascia
In-story information
Alter ego Ian Heath[1]
Team affiliations Australian Army
Abilities Iron ribcage appliance

The Iron Corporal is a fictional character appearing in comic books. He was first as a recurring character in Charlton Comics' war comics line, and briefly in his own comic book titled The Iron Corporal. His first appearance was in Army War Heroes #22 in 1967.

The stories, mostly written by Willi Franz and drawn by Sam Glanzman (one story was written by Charles Nicholas and drawn by Vince Alascia), revolved around Ian Heath, an American corporal fighting with the Australian army in the Southwest Pacific during the Second World War. The Iron Corporal's back story includes having his ribs replaced with an iron rib cage. The stories are only loosely connected and depict the struggles of infantrymen in war.


  • Army War Heroes #22–38 (Nov. 1967–June 1970)
  • Iron Corporal #23-25 (Oct. 1985-Feb. 1986) — reprints of earlier tales



  1. Marksten, Don. "The Iron Corporal," Don Markstein's Toonopedia. Accessed June 6, 2011.

Sources consulted

  • Comic Book Artist #9 (Two Morrow Publishing, August 2000, 116pp.) Interviews with Glanzman and Willi Franz.

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