Hi there. Been a while. I've been reading through old Marvel issues and came across this. It's half a page from Iron Man 246, cover date September 1989. (That's postdated by about 6 months, of course.) It's not a full issue review or anything, but I thought it might be of interest.
Tony has recently been shot, paralyzing him from the waist down. He finds the situation intolerable. He spends a while sulking until he realizes that he can modify his armor to move his legs for him based on neural impulses.
(Of course, it never occurs to him that this is a major revolution in medical technology which could benefit thousands, perhaps millions of people and make him a bundle of money in the process. Because, as TV Tropes puts it, Reed Richards is useless
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Instead, he throws himself into being Iron Man while, as much as possible, avoiding being Tony Stark. Then he comes up with an idea:( Half a page )
If only there was some way to search every computer connected to the fledgling Internet for certain "key phrases" and return information based on the results! He could learn all sorts of things about his medical condition and what treatments might be available!
He tasks an employee with writing a "virus" to do it, knowing that it's a difficult task, and (in light of data privacy issues) not entirely ethical.
This is early 1989. Altavista was founded in 1995. Google (the search engine now part of just about everything on the Internet, with questionable privacy ethics) was founded in September of 1998. WebMD was founded in 1996. (And Tony's virus doesn't even try to convince you that you have cancer.)
Tony Stark was, characteristically, years ahead of the curve.
But, of course, it didn't occur to him to patent and monetize that idea, either.