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Commander Steel

Commander Steel
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PublisherDC Comics
First appearance(Hank Heywood)
Steel, The Indestructible Man # 1 (March )
(Hank Heywood III)
Justice League of America Annual #2 ()
(Nathan Heywood)
Justice Society of America (vol. 3) #1 (February )
Created by(Hank Heywood)
Gerry Conway (writer)
Don Heck (artist)
(Hank Heywood III)
Gerry Conway (writer)
Chuck Patton (artist)
(Nathan Heywood)
Geoff Johns
Alex Ross
Alter egoHenry "Hank" Heywood
Henry "Hank" Heywood III
Nathan "Nate" Heywood
Team affiliations(Hank)
Justice Society of America
All-Star Squadron
Shadow Fighters
United States Marine Corps
(Hank III)
Justice League Detroit
Justice League
(Nathan)
Justice Society of America
Legends
Notable aliases(Hank, Nathan)
Steel
Abilities(Hank)
Cyborg, great strength, limited invulnerability, limited superspeed
(Hank III)
Superhuman strength, limited invulnerability, limited superspeed, infrared vision, enhanced hearing
(Nathan)
Superhuman strength, invulnerability, organic metal skin, superhuman speed

Commander Steel (also known as Captain Steel, Citizen Steel and Sergeant Steel) is the name of three comic booksuperheroes appearing in publications by the American publisher DC Comics, all members of the same family. The first Steel appeared in Steel, The Indestructible Man #1 (), and was created by Gerry Conway and Don Heck.[1] His stories were set in World War II. The two later characters called Steel are his grandsons.

Nate Heywood / Steel appears in the Arrowverse show Legends of Tomorrow, starting from the second season, portrayed by Nick Zano, while his grandfather Henry Heywood / Commander Steel was portrayed by Matthew MacCaull. Nate’s father Hank Heywood was portrayed by Tom Wilson.

Publishing history[edit]

Steel first appeared in a series set in , Steel: The Indestructible Man, written by Captain America writer Gerry Conway.[2] The series was canceled after five issues, and Steel later made a guest-appearance in Justice League of America.[3] Steel was also a member of the World War II era All-Star Squadron team.[4] He made a prominent appearance many years later in four issues of the Eclipso ongoing series, where he was killed. After this, he appeared in issue #2 of the series, DC Universe: Legacies, which chronicled the superheroes of the s.

Starting in , the second Steel appeared as one of the lead characters in Justice League of America,[5] until its cancellation during the Legends crossover in He made a single appearance several years later in issue #38 of Justice League America, a continuation of Justice League International, where he was killed. In , he played a leading posthumous role in a single story arc of JLA Classified, which chronicled a previously unrevealed adventure of the Detroit-era JLA. In , he played a major role in the two-issue Justice League of America vol. 2 tie-in to Blackest Night, where he was temporarily resurrected.

The third Steel made his debut in the relaunch of Justice Society of America, where he appeared for several years until the team was split into two separate groups by writers Bill Willingham and Matt Sturges, where he appeared as one of the lead characters in JSA All-Stars. In 's The New 52 reboot of DC's continuity, he is shown to exist on Earth 2, under the name Captain Steel.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Henry Heywood[edit]

Steel, The Indestructible Man#1 (March ). Pencilled by Don Heckand inked by Al Milgrom.

The World War II version of the character, Henry Heywood, enlisted in the United States Marine Corps prior to the United States involvement in the war, but was injured when saboteurs, spearheaded by the man who would become Baron Blitzkrieg, attacked his base.[6] Heywood had been a biology student under the tutelage of Doctor Gilbert Giles, and his former professor performed extensive surgery on him, enhancing his damaged body with mechanized steel devices that gave him superhuman strength, speed, and durability. At the request of Doctor Giles, Heywood kept his newfound gifts a secret, and was returned to service in a desk position.[7] Frustrated at his inability to help more directly, Heywood adopted the masked-hero persona "Steel", and was attempting to steal armaments from the military base where he worked—to send to those more directly in the war's fray—when some fifth columnist saboteurs broke into the base. Heywood defeated the saboteurs,[8] and embarked on a career fighting foreign threats and other criminals before America went to war.

Heywood entered more directly into World War II as a secret weapon before he allied himself with the All-Star Squadron. In that time he was commissioned Commander Steel by British Prime Minister Winston Churchill.[9] His membership in the Squadron was only for a brief period as Crisis on Infinite Earths caused him to shift from his native Earth-Two to Earth-One, which later became the Post-Crisis Earth. Hank retired from his superhero career, as there were no active costumed heroes at that time on his new home.

Years later, Heywood's son, Hank Haywood Junior, dies in the Vietnam War. Overcome by grief, Heywood blames his death on mortal weakness, and uses his resources as a wealthy industrialist to incorporate the same mechanized components into his grandson, Hank Haywood III. [10] He financed the Detroit version of the Justice League and gave them his best worker, Dale Gunn, to serve as this version of the JLA's all purpose man.[11] When he realized that this new League didn't adhere to his now narrow beliefs, he enlisted Infinity Inc. to help him defeat them so that he could "straighten Hank out." The plan failed, and Hank suffered the indignity of being beaten by his grandson in hand-to-hand combat. [12] They were estranged from that point on. He was there, however, to try to save young Hank's life after a vicious attack by Dr. Ivo left him broken. He couldn't save his grandson though; all he could do was be with him when they turned off his life support. [13]

After his grandson's death, Heywood resumed the mantle of Commander Steel and died battling the supervillain Eclipso, while a member of the Shadow Fighters. He did come to a heroic end - detonating the Sunburst (a device meant to destroy Eclipso) as his teammate Nemesis escaped.[7]

During the Heroes in Crisis storyline, Commander Steel checked into Sanctuary to deal with the trauma of deaths. He was among the heroes who was killed in a blast.[14] While doing an autopsy, Batman found Joker Teeth in his throat.[15]

Hank Heywood III[edit]

The second Steel is Henry "Hank" Heywood III.[16] Raised by his grandfather after the death of his parents, Heywood III was subject to the same procedure that created Commander Steel by his grandfather against his will. [17]

Heywood III was a "Justice League Detroit" team member, joining the team after Aquaman has the team revamped, and with his grandfather's support provides the team with a new headquarters. Hank befriends a Detroit youth named Paco Ramone, who joins the team as the superhero Vibe. [18] While on the team, Hank develops an attraction to Paco's sister Rosita, causing friction between the two men. [19] As part of the Justice League, Heywood takes part in the Crisis on Infinite Earths, where the supervillain Warp of the Brotherhood of Evil sends him into the far future during a battle on Earth-S. [20]

During the event "Legends", the Martian Manhunter disbands the Justice League when the President of the United States outlaws all superhero activity. [21] Taking to the streets regardless, Steel is mortally wounded in battle against an android belonging to one of the team's classic foes, Professor Ivo. The android initially appears to be a police officer, drawing a crowd of outraged civilians. When the android threatens to self-destruct, Steel takes the blast to save them. His grandfather is unable to repair the injuries, and at the Martian Manhunter's suggestion Heywood turns off his grandson's life support. [22] His body remained preserved in the JLA Bunker until it was discovered and destroyed by Despero.[23]

Although it was originally stated that Heywood performed unnecessary surgeries on his grandson, it is stated in Justice League of America # that if he hadn't made his grandson into Steel, "Hank would have been dead years ago."[3] Hank later remarked that his grandfather may have been driven insane by the metal in his skull.[24]

In a Justice League of America tie-in to the "Blackest Night" crossover, Steel isreanimated as a member of the Black Lantern Corps in the Hall of Justice.[25] Alongside the Black Lantern Vibe, Steel attacks his former teammates, Gypsy and Vixen, until Doctor Light destroys him.[26] During a later battle between the Justice League and Crime Syndicate of America at the Hall of Justice, Steel's remains were destroyed by Superwoman. The villainess even went so far as to use one of Steel's severed legs as a club, which she proceeded to use to bludgeon Donna Troy.[27]

Nathan Heywood[edit]

The relaunched Justice Society of America features another member of the Heywood family. During an interview with Newsarama, new series writer Geoff Johns announced him as a brand new character with new powers.[28] He debuted in Justice Society of America #2 with the name of Nathan "Buckeye" Heywood.

Nathan is the grandson of Henry Heywood and cousin of Henry Heywood III. Formerly a football star at the Ohio State University, Nathan retired after shattering his kneecap and having his leg amputated due to an undiagnosed infection. The incident left Nathan addicted to painkillers.

While attending a Heywood family reunion, he is attacked by the Fourth Reich, a team of metahuman Neo-Nazis ordered by Vandal Savage to wipe out the bloodlines of Golden Age heroes. The Fourth Reich fails to completely destroy the Heywood bloodline, as both Nathan and a few children manage to survive. Both Nathan's brother and mother are turned to metal statues by the villain Reichsmark. Nathan jams his crutch into Reichsmark's mouth, causing him to spit liquid metal blood onto Nathan. Hawkman takes him to Dr. Mid-Nite, who notes that the metal is being absorbed by Nathan's skin. Nathan's brother and mother, in their metal forms, are moved to the rooftop of the JSA brownstone.[29]

Later, it is revealed that the metal has grown out from where Nathan's amputated leg once was, forming metallic bone, muscles, and flesh. Waking in his hospital room, Nathan is shown to have superhuman strength. Dr. Mid-Nite informs Nathan that he is now a being of living steel, due to an unknown reaction to Reichsmark's blood. However, the steel tissues do not give Nathan tactile response, meaning he cannot feel textures or temperatures, nor gauge exerted pressures, and his weight has greatly increased, causing his footsteps to crack the ground. He is given a costume, a "second skin" of a stainless steel alloy developed by Dr. Mid-Nite and Mr. Terrific specifically to restrict his movements and reduce his strength to a more manageable level. They chose the costume's colors because of Heywood's heritage. He then joins the Justice Society to defeat the Fourth Reich.[7] Afterwards, the press asks if he is the new Commander Steel. Nathan denies it, saying that he is just an ordinary citizen, so he is called "Citizen Steel" by Power Girl.[30]

When the Third World survivor Gog appears, Nathan is one of the JSA members who sides with him, hoping that Gog can restore his sense of touch. However, the Old God continually ignores his presence. [31] It is later revealed that Gog is rooting himself into the Earth, which would cause its destruction if he ever left, and when the unconverted JSAers battle him, they are blown away by winds created by Gog. Nathan alone is able to withstand the winds. Gog offers Nathan his greatest wishes fulfilled if he sides with him and worships him, but Nathan refuses, and joins the fight against him. For this act, Gog induces excruciating pain in Nathan.[32] Nathan then tears off his suit and unleashes his full strength against Gog, actually managing to topple the giant, which gives Gog's former herald Magog the chance to cut off his head and send him to the Source Wall.[33]

Following Gog's defeat, Nathan takes time off from the JSA to be with his family. This consists of survivors of the attack on the reunion, various children, most of whom call him 'Uncle Nathan'[34] or 'Uncle Nate'.[35]

During the events of Blackest Night, Nathan helps fight off the hordes of Black Lanterns attacking Manhattan. He tries to help Power Girl during her battle with the newly reanimated Kal-L, but is knocked aside by the hero, who mockingly refers to him as a "paperweight" compared to him.[36]

Following the split in the Justice Society, Nathan opted to join Power Girl's more youth-oriented team of JSA All-Stars.[37]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Originally Commander Steel could lift 1, pounds, but when he appeared in the pages of the All-Star Squadron, he was attributed 'super-human' strength without an exact limit.

Citizen Steel's metallic body grants him superhuman strength and allows him to take direct blows from opponents as powerful as Gog, and remain standing, and in turn knocking him to the ground—the only one in the JSA able to do so—but at the cost of reducing his sense of touch so that he cannot really feel anything he comes in contact with, making it hard for him to judge how much effort he should put into doing things. His alloy suit limits his strength to controllable levels but at a cost of slowing him down, as well as making him so heavy that he has been shown cracking pavements just by walking. Upon removing his suit, he is able to unleash his full strength without a speed penalty.[38]

Other versions[edit]

Earth 2[edit]

In September , DC Comics cancelled and relaunched its entire line of monthly comics, in an initiative called "The New 52", and in so doing, rebooted the continuity the DC Universe. There are two different versions of Commander Steel on Earth 2:

Hank Heywood Jr.[edit]

In this new timeline, Hank Heywood Jr. appears as Captain Steel in the comic series Earth 2 taking place on the titular Earth. The modern version of Hank is revealed to be a young Filipino man. It is stated that Hank was originally a young boy born with a degenerative bone disorder that would have killed him by his 18th birthday, and that his father replaced all of his bones with an experimental metal to save his life (although it also made him unable to feel emotion). During Darkseid's invasion of Earth 2, Hank's father killed himself and destroyed his research in order to prevent the Parademons from getting their hands on it.[39]

He is among those who managed to escaped the Apokolips Invasion in the following series Earth World's End and found sanctuary in a newly terraformed Earth-like planet (nicknamed Earth 2) following some of their Wonders actions during the Convergence event. In Earth 2: Society, he is a member of the World Army cabinet working to maintain peace amongst the new cities of Earth 2.[40] In hopes of preventing war from happening between two cities, Erebus and Ark Home, Hank is granted full military suppression by Commander Sato to any hostiles of both parties. Steel is blocked by Flash, Power Girl, and Huntress. Following a small argument, the conflict is ended as Green Lantern re-purposes his power ring to become Earth 2's energy supply.[41] Steel is among those who come into conflict with Fury and Aquawoman following the Amazonian's suggestion to use an artifact known as the Pandora Vessel to recreate the Earth back to its original state.[42]

The World Army cabinet is attacked by Ultra-Humanite's soldiers and Steel is gravely injured by a metahuman named Scalpel. Flash rescues Steel and sends him to a nearby medical team, however upon the speedsters's return to his friends, he announces Hank's nearing death, upsetting the group.[43]

Sergeant Steel[edit]

Following a brief encounter with Ultra-Humanite, Fury opens the Pandora Vessel as a last resort in saving the Wonders with Earth-2 being recreated once again.[44] Following the completion of the recreation, Earth 2 returns to its original state, however it never had a history of the Wonders of the World protecting it and Sandmen soldiers keeping everything in check 24/7. An unidentified man sporting Steel's color appears before Huntress, Batman, and John Grayson.[45]

This man is identified as Sergeant Steel and is the first and last member of a super soldier program called Americommando. He is the leader of an underground movement of concerned citizens and ex-servicemen hoping to build up strength to fight back. He takes in the three Wonders of the World in hopes that The Movement can finally strike.[46] After the Ultra-Humanite incident, Sergeant Steel joins the Wonders of the World in protecting their new Earth.[47]

In other media[edit]

Television[edit]

Live-action[edit]

  • Dr. Nathaniel "Nate" Heywood / Steel appears in Legends of Tomorrow, starting from the second season, portrayed by Nick Zano, while his grandfather Henry Heywood I / Commander Steel is portrayed by Matthew MacCaull.[48][49] Initially a hemophiliac, he is injected with a super serum provided to the Nazis by Eobard Thawne after it is modified by Dr. Ray Palmer, turning Nate into a metahuman with an ability to transform himself into a steel-like form in addition providing him superhuman strength. Having obtained his powers, Nate starts calling himself "Steel", although one of his original suggestions is "Citizen Steel". It's later revealed by Obsidian to Nate that his grandfather went on a mission with his team excluding himself, and never returned home in , a year after Nate's own father was born. Nate gained his own Steel suit at the end of the episode "Outlaw Country". In the episode "Raiders of the Lost Art" it's shown that Nate became a historian because as a child he saw the Indiana Jones series, with a temporal aberration nearly causing Nate to become a yoga instructor because George Lucas abandoned filmmaking after an attack. In "Moonshot," Commander Steel is revealed to be in , becoming a flight commander for NASA and one of the guardians of the fragments of the Spear of Destiny, which he managed to hide on the moon. He also rigged a competition to let his then-teenage son, Hank Heywood come to NASA so he could hopefully meet him. Henry though later sacrifices himself by opening up the hatch doors to the Waverider to save the Legends and was sucked into space. Afterwards, Nate passes on a message that Henry left to the young Hank and gave him his father's dogtags, which he would eventually pass down to Nate someday.[citation needed]
    • Henry "Hank" Heywood II appears in the fourth season of Legends of Tomorrow, portrayed by Thomas F. Wilson. He is the father of Nate Heywood, the son of Henry Heywood and the primary funder of the Time Bureau, where the Legends are employed. He is unaware that his son is a superhero until the episode "Witch Hunt". Secretly, he works with the demon Neron in capturing mystical creatures that escaped from Mallus' Realm. After making amends with his son, Hank attempts to break off the relationship with Neron in favor of working alongside the Legends, but is killed by the demon instead. Following his death, Nate discovers that Hank was actually trying to train the magical creatures for a theme park named "Heyworld", based on a drawing Nate had made when he was nine years old, believing it could unify the country. The Legends go on to realize his dream. After Constantine tricks Neron into killing Nate, Hank's ghost meets up with Nate's ghost stating how proud he is of him starting Heyworld. While stating that he loves his son, Hank gives Nate the push needed to bring him back to life.

Animation[edit]

  • Hank Heywood III appeared several times as Steel in the Justice League Unlimited series, but his character never spoke any dialogue. A Mattel action figure in the character's likeness (called "Commander" Steel to presumably differentiate him from the better known, current version of Steel, already a figure in the toyline) was released. In the series finale episode, "Destroyer", he saved Hawkgirl from being killed by a Parademon by throwing a shield at it in reference to Captain America (who shares some similarities with Commander Steel). Also in "Destroyer", he is seen running down the Metro Tower stairs with Vibe, Vixen, and Gypsy, the four members of the Justice League Detroit era created by Gerry Conway.[50]
  • In Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode "Powerless", he is referred to as Aquaman sings his rousing song of heroism he appears as Commander Steel as one of the heroes.

Toys[edit]

  • The original Commander Steel, Henry Heywood, was the first figure released in the eighth wave of the DC Universe Classics line.
  • Commander Steel was also released through the Mattel Justice League Unlimited line, coming in a six-pack with Superman, Crimson Fox, B'Wanna Beast, Deadman, and Vibe.

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External links[edit]

Sours: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commander_Steel

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Nathan Heywood is part of the Heywood Family, the legacy of Commander Steel. As he is not a military man, he became known as Citizen Steel, a member of the Justice Society of America.

Origin

Nathan Heywood is a grandson of Henry Heywood and a cousin of Henry Heywood III. Formerly a football star, Nathan retired after shattering his kneecap and having his leg amputated. The incident left Nathan addicted to painkillers.

While attending a Heywood family reunion, Nathan was attacked by the Fourth Reich, a team of metahuman Neo-Nazis ordered to wipe out the bloodlines of Golden Age heroes by Vandal Savage. Despite the Fourth Reich's effort, they failed to completely destroy the Heywood bloodline, as Nathan and a few children managed to survive. Both Nathan's brother and mother were turned to metal statues by the villain Reichsmark. Nathan jammed his crutch into Reichsmark's mouth, causing him to spit liquid metal blood onto Nathan. Hawkman took him to Doctor Mid-Nite, who noted that the metal was being absorbed by Nathan's skin. It was later revealed that the metal had grown out from the amputation scars on Nathan's leg, replacing the lost limb. The new leg was constructed of metallic analogues of bone, muscles, and flesh. Waking in his hospital room, Nathan was shown to have superhuman strength. Doctor Mid-Nite informed Nathan that he was now a being of living steel, due to an unknown reaction to Reichsmark's blood.

He was christened Citizen Steel by Power Girl.

Justice Society

Heywood acquitted himself well against the the Heartbreak Slayer, saving two of his team-mates from a runaway bus. When Gog manifested in Africa, Heywood sided with him, hoping to be "gifted" with the removal of his powers. However, Gog never acknowledged him, as he did not truly believe. When the Justice Society finally united to defeat Gog, Heywood unleashed his full strength against Gog and actually managed to topple the giant. This gave Gog's former herald, Magog, the chance to cut off Gog's head and send him to the Source Wall.

Following Gog's defeat, Nathan took time off from the JSA to be with his family. This consisted of the various children who had survived the attack on the reunion, most of whom now called him "Uncle Nathan" or "Uncle Nate".

During the events of Blackest Night, Heywood helped fight off the hordes of Black Lanterns attacking Manhattan. He tried to help Power Girl during her battle with the newly reanimated Kal-L. He was knocked aside by the reanimated hero, who mockingly referred to him as a "paperweight" compared to him.

Following the split in the Justice Society, Nathan opted to join Power Girl's more youth-oriented team of JSA All-Stars.

Powers and Abilities

Powers

Sours: https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/Nathaniel_Heywood_(New_Earth)
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The Comic Book History Of Citizen Steel

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citizensteelTonight we get the return of DC's Legends of Tomorrow with the debut of Nick Zano as Nate Heywood, the grandson of Commander Steel and cousin of Steel. Nate also takes on the family mantle becoming Citizen Steel. But for those of you who aren't familiar with the character, here is a quick primer from the comics.

Nate has a pretty dark origin in that he was a football player who got injured so severely they needed to amputate his leg from the knee. While recovering from the operation he was given prescription painkillers that he became addicted to. While at a family reunion, the Heywood family was attacked by Vandal Savage in an attempt to rid the world of the Justice Society of America and to make sure there was no family to take the fallen heroes' place. Nate lost his mother and brother in the attack as they were turned into statues by the metallic Reichsmark. Nate saves himself by jamming his crutch into the villain's mouth, causing him to spit out metallic blood.

Nate is infected by the blood and ends up in a coma for a while. When he awakes he discovers he has a new steel leg and superhuman strength. His body has become living steel and has left him with no sense of touch. He feels he now has a purpose in his life and takes on the name Citizen Steel.

Nate played a role in two major storylines. The first being Kingdom Come where he ends up following Gog in hope of getting his sense of touch back. Nate sticks with Gog, even when it's discovered that he is attempting to destroy the planet, but when Gog tries to turn the Flash into lightning, he unleashes his full powers and removes Gog's head. He also appeared in Blackest Night working with Power Girl to try and take on the Black Lantern version of Kal-L.

Citizen Steel continued to work with the JSA All-Stars and was involved with rescuing Stargirl, fighting Arthur Pemberton and taking on a drug cartel that follows the Gods of Parador.

To regulate his power, Citizen Steel wears a containment suit that is made from the material used to protect spaceships upon re-entry. When he removed the top part of his suit and attacked Gog, he was able to take the villain down in one punch, something Superman from Earth couldn't do. So the upper levels of his strengths are unknown.

Previous incarnations, Commander Steel and Steel, where enhanced by surgeries and implants to make them superheroes. It wasn't by a freak accident like Nate. It will be interesting to see just how the character is handled on Legends of Tomorrow. Will they make him have skin of living steel and no sense of touch or will they make him more enhanced like the others who took a similar name? What we do know is that he is a historian and goes to Oliver Queen to help find the missing members of the team.

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Comic Book / Commander Steel

Commander Steel (also known as Captain Steel, Citizen Steel, Sergeant Steel, or Steel) is the name of three comic book superheroes appearing in publications by the American publisher DC Comics, all members of the same family. The first Steel appeared in Steel, The Indestructible Man #1 (), and was created by Gerry Conway and Don Heck. His stories were set in World War II. The two later characters called Steel are his grandsons. For the unrelated DC character see Steel.

Henry "Hank" Heywood

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The first Steel debuted in the series Steel, The Indestructible Manin the s(though it was set in World War II.) Henry "Hank" Heywood was an American soldier who, after being badly hurt, was remade as a cyborg with "indestructible" skin. Still having a human appearance, he developed a secret identity as a superhero wearing a costume based on the American flag. He first appeared in Steel, The Indestructible Man#1 (March, ), created by Gerry Conway and Don Heck.

The original Steel series only lasted 5 issues, ending in November, The cancellation was part of the so-called DC Implosion, the abrupt end to over 24 series. The character was not forgotten. He became a regular in the All-Star Squadron, a series devoted to Golden Age heroes. Using the alternative codename Commander Steel. In the "present" day, Hank turned very much alive in s tales of the Justice League of America. He went on to become one of several heroes fighting against Eclipso, in a series spotlighting this villain. He was finally killed in Eclipso #13 (November, ).


  • Captain Patriotic: A flag-wearing patriot. He started off as an embodiment of this trope, but became a subversion when his grandson took up the mantle as a member of the JLA. The original Steel is now shown to be quite an ultra-conservative and a bit of a bigot (although he did get better eventually), and his fierce patriotism is played as a negative character trait.
  • Cyborg: He was a heavily wounded biology student under the tutelage of Doctor Gilbert Giles, and his former professor performed extensive surgery on him, enhancing his damaged body with mechanized steel devices that gave him superhuman strength, speed, and durability.
  • Expy: Of Captain America. A World War II Super Soldier, with a uniform based on the American flag.
  • Killed Off for Real: He was a member of the Shadow Fighters in and was killed fighting their Arch-Enemy, Eclipso.
  • Remember the New Guy?: He was created in the s, but was established as having been active during the s and was established as having fought alongside the members of the JSA.
  • Super Soldier: A cybernetically enhanced World War II soldier.
  • Wearing a Flag on Your Head: The original Steel Uniform displayed the colors red, white, and blue. Along with a prominent white star on his chest. Rather clearly based on the flag of the United States.
  • We Can Rebuild Him: He was supposed to die but was rebuilt as a Cyborg.

Henry "Hank" Heywood III

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The second Steel was Henry "Hank" Heywood III, a grandson of the original. He debuted in Justice League of America Annual#2 (October, ), created by Gerry Conway and Chuck Patton. He was part of the Justice League of Americaduring the series' infamous "Detroit" period.

The original Commander Steel, obsessed with carrying on his legacy, subjected his grandson Hank Heywood III to the same procedure that gave him his powers after he suffered an accident. Encouraged by his grandfather join the newly restructured Justice League, even lending them a bunker for use as their base of operations, Hank struggled to adapt to life as a cyborg and clashed with the older JLAers. In the last days of the League's Detroit era, Steel was mortally wounded by one of Professor Ivo's robots and placed on life support by his grandfather; Despero, seeking revenge against the League, tracked him down in this state and ripped him limb from limb.

In the New 52 continuity reboot, Hank Heywood Jr/Captain Steel is an Earth 2 hero, who is something of a Composite Character of all three Heywoods (a soldier like the first Steel, a descendent of Hank Henshaw Sr given his implants by his slightly insane [grand]father like the second, and bonded to a weird metal like Nathan).


Nathaniel "Nathan" Heywood

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Nathaniel "Nathan" Heywood is the cousin of Hank Heywood III. He had lost his lower right leg after a football injury. During a reunion, Nathan's family was attacked by the aryan group known as the Fourth Reich. During this time, he stabbed the villain Reichsmark in the throat, causing the villain to cough up his molten metal blood on him. The blood was absorbed into Nathan's skin, turning it and his bones into metal (even regrowing his lost leg). It also gave him uncontrollable Super Strength, requiring him to wear a specially-forged metal "skin-suit" to restrain it. He later went on to join the reformed Justice Society of America, but as CitizenSteel, to distinguish him from John Henry Irons.

Nathan, renamed Nate, is a main character in the second season of Legends of Tomorrow, played by Nick Zano, with his grandfather Hank appearing in the opening two-parter.


  • Adaptive Armor: Citizen Steel's skin-suit armor adapts to the curvature of his body and acts as the Restraining Bolt he needs to keep himself from breaking everything he touches. Unfortunately, it's terribly difficult to don, requiring an invasive smelting process to be bonded to his body and making readers wonder exactly how he does his business.
  • Blessed with Suck: The organic steel covers Heywood's nervous system disabling his sense of touch to an extreme degree.
  • Career-Ending Injury: Despite having a promising American Football career, he was forced to retire early due to an injury to his knee which completely shattered the bone. Tragically, he could have recovered, but when he reported an incredible pain in the leg the doctors just gave him pain killers and didn't bother to check-the pain was actually an infection eating away at his leg until it had to be amputated. Adding further insult, the amputation was botched, leaving him still in intense pain after.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: He literally punches out a Cthulhu in the form of Gog, who he knocked to the ground with a super-strong punch to his heel.
  • Friend to All Children: He's "Uncle Nate" to all the children who survived the attack on the Heywood family reunion by the Fourth Reich.
  • Heel&#;Face Turn: During the "Thy Kingdom Come" story Steel sided with the followers of Gog in the hope that Gog would bless him with his own miracle by curing his Power Incontinence. But because Nate did not truly believe in him, Gog never acknowledged him. This turned out to be a mistake on Gog's part, as Steel got a chance at The Dog Bites Back in the final battle and gladly took it.
  • Legacy Character: Of his grandfather (the original Commander Steel) and of his cousin (the previous Steel) Henry Heywood III.
  • Made of Iron: His body's physical composition was altered by his exposure to Reichsmark's blood, though it's not immediately obvious by looking at him.
  • Mighty Glacier: His suit, which allows him to control his Super Strength, also really slows him down.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Nate Heywood's skin, bone and muscle tissue has been transmuted into organic steel, which provides him with enhanced strength and durability. According to Doctor Mid-Nite's prognosis, it would take nothing less than an AIM-9 Sidewinder to even knock him down.
  • Power Incontinence: He has trouble gauging the amount of pressure that he exerts and cannot feel varying extremes of temperature.
  • Put on a Bus: He was last seen in the final issue of JSA vol 3 in , and with two Continuity Reboots since then it's unclear if he even exists at this point. Don't feel too bad for him, though, as unlike the other JSA bus riders on this page Nate's character lives on via The CW show Legends of Tomorrow.
  • Recovered Addict: Prior to acquiring his powers, Nate was addicted to painkillers.
  • Restraining Bolt: His suit. Whenever he moves, he has to bend the metal around him, which cuts his strength in half. During the battle against Gog, Nate ripped his suit off, and threw a punch which toppled the giant.
  • Star-Spangled Spandex: Not actually spandex (it's actually just a solid metal casing used to provide counter pressure to reduce his uncontrollable strength), but still patriotic themed. He has to tell people he's not a part of the US military as people kept assuming that, like his grandfather, he was Commander Steel.
  • Stepford Smiler: Like Cyclone, Nate puts on a happy facade for his friends and loved ones, but he actually suffers from serious depression because his powers prevent him from feeling any physical contact (think the X-Men's Rogue, just with uncontrollable Super Strength instead of a Power Parasite threat).
  • Super Strength: The exact limit of his strength is as yet unknown.
  • Wearing a Flag on Your Head: Not literally, but his costume does have a general flag/patriotic theme to it as a Shout-Out to the Steels that came before him.
  • The Worf Effect: During the Blackest Night he was effortlessly swatted aside by the Came Back Wrong version of Superman, who mockingly dismissed him as a "paperweight".

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