Right here is where you can learn more about DC's #1 metal head. Everything from pages on details of his origin and his supporting cast. Lists containing all the comics that he has appeared in as well as significant dates in his history. There is a podcast page where you can listen to detailed coverage on Steel's solo series and on the links page you can track down those books. There are also updates on Steel's current guest appearances in the pages of DC Comics. So take a look around and find out what makes Steel the great hero that he is.
Merry Christmas to One and All
The Fan of Steel would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year.
It's been many years since Steel has been an ongoing supporting character in a DC comic. Now I'm not saying that he hasn't made appearances in any comics but he hasn't been one of the main characters in a book for many years. That has now changed with the release of the second issue of Superwoman.
In the book Steel helps Lana Lang with affects her new found superpowers are having on her as well as taking on a major supervillian. It's during this encounter that Steel learns that a member of his family may be in danger. This kind of character development is just the thing I've been looking forward to since John Henry and Lana started dating. I hope that it continues for many years to come.
If you want to see exactly what happens to Steel and Lana in this story then go to your local comic book shop and get a copy of Superwoman #2, on sale now.
Since the release of Dawn of Justice, interest in Superman (as well as other DC characters) has increased. Among these characters are those among the Superfamily of characters. In fact, MoviePilot.com recently asked the question (among others) "Who are the top 6 other characters to wear Superman's Shield". Since Steel has worn Superman's shield (as well as various modified versions) it is possible that he made the list. To find out for sure, check out moviepilot.com
The new movie Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice has now come to the cinema in my home town and so I've finally got to see it. As is evident from the title for this post, I absolutely loved it. Why you ask? Well, for one, it has so many comic book references through the movie. To find out what they are, as well as other spoilers, click this link.
Now for everyone that clicked the spoilers link, that is why I as a comic fan loved the movie and I'm sure that all the fans around the world will agree with me.
In the lastest episode of The Armored Hero Steel (episode #27) I looked at the one-shot Superman/Toyman. At the end of the issue it had a great two page section on how action figures were made at the time. Since the two pages looked so great, as well as showing the process with the Steel figure, I've decided to post them here. Enjoy.
Batman Vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice is now in cinemas and to celebrate this I've decided to put this old ad on the website. It shows Superman and Batman looking up as many superheroes fly and jump above them (including Steel). Above the picture it says "Get away from it all-". Below it says "Visit Breathtaking Metropolis and Thrilling Gotham City every month as well as the list of books you can buy (again, including Steel). I thought it was very cool that the Turkish Airlines ads connected to the movie had a similar feel to thisad from 19 years ago. Don't take my word for it though. Use the link above then take a look below and judge for yourself.
Now, before anyone asks, the appearance Steel makes in Deadpool is not in the new hit movie. What I'm talking about here is John Henry turning up in the pages of the Marvel comic book back in November 1999. Even though this is an old comic (relatively speaking), I only recently learnt of this occurrence as I'm a fan of DC Comics and not all comics in general. Still, I was surprised when I learnt that a DC character had crossed over company lines to turn up in Marvel, that is until I learnt who was the writer of the issue.
You see, this is the first issue that Christopher Priest (writer for Steel from issue #34 to the end of the series, issue #52) wrote of Deadpool. Joe Kelly’s run on Deadpool had ended at #33 with Deadpool seemingly being killed, but in #34, Deadpool is in limbo, along with a familiar group of characters. All the characters featured had starred in books that Priest had written the final issues of their respective series (well, in the case of characters with more than one series, at least ONE of their series), including characters like Xero that Priest created himself and (of course) Steel.
Even though John Henry doesn't talk, it is clearly him (all three times). But don't take my word for it, take a look below and judge for yourself.
In the new Savage Dawn Storyline Superman has again has found Steel to be a trusted and helpful ally. In Superman Annual #3 John Henry tells Superman that he is working on a secret weapon that could him in his battle against Vandal Savage. Then in Action Comics #48 Steel not only provides Superman with a battle armor based on his Metallo technology but also enlisted the help of the Justice League United team. Both issues are available now where all great comic books are sold.
In the animated Justice League: Throne of Atlantis movie John Henry makes a brief (and by brief I mean really brief) appearance. He saves a fellow construction worker from an Atlantean Warrior and then is, in turn, saved himself. How does John Henry save his friend and who then saves him? To find out either get a copy of the animated movie or use the link to the youtube link below.
Also, in the recently released Justice League: Gods and Monsters, John Henry makes two appearances (one of which is shown above) as well as being referred to a couple of times too. John Henry is voiced by Khary Payton (who also voiced him in Throne of Atlantis). Khary is best known in DC animated circles as the voice of Cyborg in both Teen Titans and Teen Titans Go.
What is John Henry's role in Gods and Monsters? To find out get a copy of the animated movie, which is out now where all great DVD's are sold.
I was made aware that The Weeklings website put out a top 50 list for the names of Superheroes and Villians. This list takes into account not only alter-egos but also secret identities. When I checked out the list myself I was happy to see that Steel (or John Henry) was the first name on it. What reasons do they give for Steel being put in the number one position? Who else made the list? To find out go to
Shaq's passion for Steel Movie Sequel
Former NBA star, Shaquille O'Neal, revealed some bad news for fans of his mid-'90s acting career: He doesn't want to reprise his role as the rappin’ genie in a boom box in “Kazaam."
The blow to the 1996 fantasy film's cult following, however, was followed by a glimmer of hope for fans of another Shaq classic – Warner Bros. “Steel.”
“I wouldn't do a remake of ‘Kazaam,’ but I would do another ‘Steel’ movie." Shaq continued by saying "I want to do it. Steel had the same problem as Shaq Fu. The technology we had in Steel was okay, but then here comes Iron Man and the Star Wars prequels, and we look like amateurs. If I could get some new updated technology behind this Steel project, I would re-do that.”
When asked if he would cast himself in the lead, Shaq said "I would love to. Give me the choice, I'll always be the superhero."
“Steel,” the 1997 superhero movie based on the DC comic of the same name, starred O'Neal as a military weapons designer who forges a new identity to fight back against gangs that are using the very weapons he designed. The movie was critically panned, but apparently still has a very special place in O'Neal's heart.
Natasha Irons - The Maid of Mettle
John Henry isn't the only member of the Irons Family to wear the Steel armor. His niece Natasha has also donned the armor. The first time was in Steel's own title when she "borrowed" it. Years later she inherited the armor after her uncle retired. In recent years though DC Comics have been having Nat's Steel appearing in various issues.
One series she has appeared in is called Ame-Comi Girls. In it, all the heroes of this DC Universe are female. Some of them are the same heroines they have always been (like Wonder Woman). Some are female versions of male heroes (like a female Robin). Then there are established heroines that take the place of male heroes (Batgirl instead of Batman). Natasha's Steel falls into the final category as both techno guru to the other heroines and heroine in her own right. All the Ame-Comi Girl stories were released in comic book form, as digital releases and in trade paperbacks.
Nat also recently appeared in the issue The Multiversity: The Just #1. This story takes place on Earth #16 of the Multiverse. It's a universe where all the heroes have either retired or died and have been replaced by a second or third generation of heroes. Heroes like Chris Kent/Superman, Damien Wayne/Batman, Wally West/Flash, Kyle Rayner/Green Lantern and of course Natasha Irons/Steel.
Even though Nat's Steel only plays a small roll in both the Ame-Comi Girls and The Multiversity: The Just, they are both great stories and well worth tracking down.