Steel (John Henry Irons)

The Religious Affiliation of
John Henry Irons

Religion: Protestant CBR Scale: S

Name: Steel

Alter Ego: John Henry Irons

Other Names: The Man of Steel; Henry Johnson

Classification: hero hero  

Publisher(s): DC

First Appearance: The Adventures of Superman (vol. 1) #500 (Early June 1993): "First Sighting - The Man of Steel"

Creators: Louise Simonson, Jon Bogdanove, Dennis Janke

Super? (Has Super Powers/Special Abilities/Technology): Yes

Number of Appearances: 321

   Comic Book Appearances: 312

   TV, Film Appearances: 8

   Video Game, Computer Game Appearances: 1

Teams/Affiliations: Infinity, Inc.; The Justice League; The Suicide Squad

Enemy of: Plasmus, Skorpio, Sledge

Worked for: S.T.A.R. Labs

Race: black

Gender: male


From: "Question for other atheists" forum discussion, started 6 March 2006 on the Comic Boards website (; viewed 23 July 2007):

Posted by Hellstone on Monday, March 06 2006 at 14:20:26 GMT

re: "As noted in other discussions over the years they seem to bend over backwards to NOT assign denominations or faith statements to characters..."

Well, I think that goes for the "big 3" [Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman], for example. But many denizens of the DCU have expressed their religion explicitly, and I'm not just talking Wonder Woman and Kobra and Zauriel here... many more, have all stated their explicit beliefs...


Posted by Icon on Monday, March 06 2006 at 15:08:25 GMT

Many of those have their beliefs tied up in their powers or character. I'd have a much harder time saying what denomination (or absence of same) some of the more generically-themed characters are, like: Robin, Argent, Impulse..., Steel, Wonder Girl..., Joto, Hawkman..., Metamorpho, Captain Boomerang (Senior and Junior), and the like...

This character is in the following 36 stories which have been indexed by this website:
Action Comics (vol. 1) #769 (Sep. 2000): "Supermanamrepus"
The Adventures of Superman (vol. 1) #500 (Early June 1993): "First Sighting - The Man of Steel" (lead character)
Anarky (vol. 2) #1 (May 1999): "Aberration Part One: Power Play" (cameo)
Batman and the Outsiders Special #1 (Mar. 2009) (mentioned)
DC One Million
Guy Gardner: Warrior #27 (Jan. 1995): "Capital Punishment: Act 1: Wake-Up Call"
Icon #15 (July 1994): "Living in a Dream World" (cameo)
JLA #5 (May 1997): "Woman of Tomorrow" (cameo)
Justice League of America
Justice League: Cry for Justice #3 (Nov. 2009): "The Origin of Prometheus" (1-panel cameo)
Justice Society of America (vol. 3) #13 (Apr. 2008): "Supermen" (cameo)
Outsiders (vol. 2) #24 (Nov. 1995): "One Wedding and a Funeral" (cameo)
Showcase '96
Static #14 (Aug. 1994): "After Worlds Collide"
Superman: The Man of Steel
Team Superman #1 (July 1999): "They Died With Their Capes On"

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