Alias
Steel II
Nick Name
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Civilian ID
Henry "Hank" Heywood III
Occupation
Adventurer
Legal Status
Citizen of the United States with no criminal record.
Nation or Planet of Origin
United States
Group Affiliation
Justice League
Base of Operations
Detroit, Michigan
Height
5' 11"
Weight
380 lbs.
Eye Color
Blue
Hair Color
Red
Known Powers

Cybernetically enhanced human with superhuman strength, speed, stamina, agility, durability, hearing and eyesight.


Accessories

Cybernetic Implants: Titanium skeleton, motorized servo joints, plastisteel mesh skin, and cybernetic implants in the eyes and ears enhancing both vision and hearing.


Common Enemies

(The) Cadre

Commander Steel


Regularly Appearing

Justice League of America Vol. 1


First Appearance
Justice League of America Vol. 1 #2 (1984)
Creator
Gerry Conway & Chuck Patton
Origin

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.