The character 'Virginia "Pepper" Potts', debuted in Marvel Comics "Tales of Suspense" #45 (September 1963), created by writer Stan Lee and illustrator Don Heck, as an assistant and romantic interest for 'Tony Stark', aka 'Iron Man'.
Originally in the secretarial pool, Pepper gets her job by fixing an accounting mistake made by Stark. She becomes infatuated with Tony, responding to the attentions of Stark's chauffeur and assistant 'Happy Hogan' with caustic remarks. This, almost immediately after her first appearance, coupled with Stark's growing affection for her, puts her in a love triangle between Stark and Hogan. Pepper is for a time interested in Iron Man, unaware that he and Stark are the same person and marries Hogan, eloping with him in "Tales of Suspense" #91.
In 2007, the character joined the 'Fifty State Initiative' under the codename 'Hera' and after being given her own suit of armor by Stark, assumed the identity of 'Rescue' in "The Invincible Iron Man" #10.