Steel III
Nick Name
The Master Forger
Civilian ID

Dr. John Henry Irons


Henry Johnson



College Football Player

Construction Worker


Owner/Operator, Steelworks, Inc.

Legal Status
Citizen of the United States with no criminal record.
Nation or Planet of Origin
United States
Group Affiliation

Justice League

Suicide Squad

Base of Operations


6' 7"
250 lbs.
Eye Color
Hair Color
Known Powers

Normal human possessing a genius level intelligence with aptitudes in computer electronics, engineering and munitions.

Excellent hand-to-hand combatant with athletic skills.


Sledge Hammer Blunt device with extendible handle and magnetically secure harness.

Steel Armor: High-tech armor integrated with Kryptonian technology enables the wearer to lift approximately 70 tons under standard operating conditions. Armors contain various generic and specialized offensive weaponry.

Generic features include:

  • Artificial Intelligence with short distance mental human interface.
  • Computerized Digital Communications
  • Sensors
  • Self Healing Armor
  • Metal Spike Launcher mounted on left forearm.

Common Enemies


White Rabbit

Regularly Appearing

Action Comics

Adventures of Superman



Superman Vol. 2

Superman: The Man of Steel

First Appearance
Adventures of Superman #500 (June, 1993)
Jerry Ordway & Tom Grummett

Raised in a mean urban area where death was a constant companion, John Irons resolved to use his talents as a Football player to earn a better life for himself and his family.

In high school, Irons developed an appreciation for science as a means to enhance his techniques on the football field. With his combination of athleticism and academics he received a full scholarship to college.

While at college his younger brother Clay was killed in a drive-by shooting while he was working at the neighborhood grocery. His parents had died years earlier in an auto accident, so he forewent grad school and got a job working in a munitions factory to support his extended family.

It was while at the munitions factory, Ameretek that he first began to develop the ideas for his armor system. Renting a workshop he developed his first prototype.

An unfortunate turn of events with his employer ended in his workshop being destroyed and Irons was presumed dead.

Under an assumed name, Irons moved to Metropolis and worked as a high-rise construction worker. Attempting to save a friend and fellow worker from a deadly fall, Irons was in turn saved by Superman.

Days later Superman was apparently killed by the alien Doomsday. Resolving to honor the slain hero Irons completed his armor and dedicated himself to serving the community as Steel.