Iron Man #169, the first time Rhodey puts on the suit. This has been a fascinating storyline to read. Obadiah Stane had beaten Tony in a game of chess, continually pushing him to the brink, and finally Tony succumbed and started drinking again. When he put the suit on, he would fly erratically, it got so bad that he was beaten by a third rate villain. With him passed out on the ground, Rhodey removed the armor and put it on himself. Now, it’s his turn to be Iron Man.
You have known me as War Machine. Now you know me as Iron Patriot. America is my home. As a wise man once said, our flag—that’s the blood of the men who died building this country, and the starsthey were looking up to. As Iron Patriot, I carry them wherever I go.