Huffington post says Tony Stark is a Heinlein Hero
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-b ... 75392.html
"Tony Stark is also a Heinlein hero, a more liberal one, but coming from the fundamental libertarian strain that marked Robert Heinlein's work.
When Stan Lee created Tony Stark in 1963, Heinlein was the biggest science fiction writer around. Well, he was one of the biggest writers around, period. His Stranger In A Strange Land was a smash hit that influenced the counterculture. Before that, Starship Troopers, with its vision of a society run by veterans, inspired conservatives -- not to mention generations of boys and the current military with its flying weaponized armored suits.
It's all here, the know-it-all super-rich hero, the resentment of the bureaucratic mindset, the pithy statements, the endless techno-tinkering, the powered suits, the penchant for leggy redheads."