Inspired by Superman's heroism, genius inventor John Henry Irons created a suit of high-tech armour and transformed himself into Steel. As Steel, Irons juggles his life as a hero with raising his young niece, Natasha. Superman trusts Steel completely and often seeks his advice and guidance.


Growing up in a poor section of Washington D.C. and becoming a physics prodigy, John Henry Irons was saved by Superman from a fatal fall off of a Metropolis skyscraper, who challenged the construction worker to make his life count for something. A former weapons engineer, Irons longed to atone for the deaths his designs caused and chose the way of the hero as the armored champion "Steel", who stood in for Superman following his death at the hands of Doomsday.
Eventually, John opened Steelworks; an industrial design business in Metropolis Shipyards.

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  • Steel first appeared in Adventures of Superman #500 (June 1993)
  • Steel is voiced by Ken Thomas.
  • Aspects of Steel's character are inspired by the African American folk hero John Henry.
  • Steels armour has built-in systems to protect him from computer viruses.
  • Steel's hammer is magnetized as well as remote-controlled, enabling him to throw it and have it act as a guided projectile weapon before returning to his grasp. The damping field of the hammer increases its inertia relative to the distance it is thrown; meaning the farther it goes, the harder it hits.


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