John Henry Irons, STEEL

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From a recent photoshoot with Tony Martins (@TonyM_Photo), this is Steel. This 1/9th scale figure was sculpted with a mixture of Super Sculpey  over an aluminum foil  armature, primed and painted with acrylic paints.

When Superman was (briefly) killed by the monster Doomsday back in 1993, construction worker John Henry Irons was trapped by falling debris from the battle. When he finally pulled himself free, he declared “Gotta stop Doomsday!” as though he had to continue the fallen Superman’s never-ending battle.

Steel Arises

Art by Jon Bogdanove, words by Louise Simonson, from The Adventures of Superman #500 (June 1993).

In subsequent comics, Steel built a suit of powered armor with which gives him superhuman strength and the power of flight, and is probably best known for the movie in which he was played by Shaquille O’Neal.

But I liked Steel best in that first appearance, where he looked for all the world like an amalgamation of two American myths, John Henry and Superman.

Steel was created by Louise Simonson and Jon Bogdanove.

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