former star athlete, who went by the name "John Henry"
to his coaches, he became interested in science and invented a laser
weapon. The invention was built for Amertek corporation and was
later used in a foreign war. Distraught that his weapon caused such
destruction, he quit Amertek. He invented an armored flying suit
after daydreaming about a superhero named "Steel".
Though the suit
was quite clunky at first, it was a success (early prototype shown
on right). Amertek stole the blueprints to the suits and later made
their own prototype soldiers. In the battle against these prototypes,
John Henry was thought to be dead, he changed his identity and went
underground. At the end of his rope, he was saved by superman and
told to make something of his life. Thus he became Steel. He would
later come to Superman's aid in the battle with Doomsday.
This character was jettisoned to the forefront of attention with
the Death of Superman series and the recent movie starring Shaquille
O'Neal (loser) shows that Steel has become quite popular in recent