|Henry "Hank" Heywood III|
|Citizen of the United States with no criminal record.|
|Nation or Planet of Origin|
|Base of Operations|
Cybernetically enhanced human with superhuman strength, speed, stamina, agility, durability, hearing and eyesight.
Cybernetic Implants: Titanium skeleton, motorized servo joints, plastisteel mesh skin, and cybernetic implants in the eyes and ears enhancing both vision and hearing.
Justice League of America Vol. 1
|Justice League of America Vol. 1 #2 (1984)|
|Gerry Conway & Chuck Patton|
Hank Heywood's father was a pilot shot down in combat only months after he was born. A year later his mother died of cancer. Heywood was adopted by his father's best friend Dale Gunn and his grandfather, Hank Heywood I, the World War II hero known as Commander Steel - who after the war became a General and eventually a wealthy industrialist.
When Heywood was in his mid-teen, his grandfather had Gunn design and build a survivalist complex in Detroit dubbed the Bunker. During the years of Gunn's absence the elder Heywood subjected his grandson to a series of operations to convert his body into a cybernetic powerhouse.
Coinciding with Heywood's recovery from his cybernetic conversion, the Justice League was reforming after the destruction of their satellite base. The elder Heywood offered the superhero team the use of the Bunker in exchange for making his grandson a member. Although Heywood and his grandfather had a falling out over the purpose of the Justice League he continued his legacy by using the name Steel.