DC Bloodlines Podcast

The DC Bloodlines Podcast: Edge of Steel

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STEEL YOURSELF! Here is the first in what will become a recurring instance of bifurcated broadcasting, as we not only look at the prickly New Blood known as Edge, but also the rookie super-hero who hosted Tom O’Brien’s debut in Superman: The Man of Steel Annual #2, Iron John! Well, you might not remember that short lived moniker, but surely you know Dr. John Henry Irons, the armored engineer who stood as part of the titular quartet from the epic storyline “Reign of the Supermen” who briefly replaced the Last Son of Krypton following his presumed death at the bony hands of Doomsday. We’ll cover Steel’s earliest career from his cameo in Adventures of Superman #500 through his star turn in Superman: The Man of Steel #22-24, as well as an overview of his role in the DC Universe. You can follow along with our reading of the annual at Scans Daily.

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3 thoughts on “The DC Bloodlines Podcast: Edge of Steel”

  1. Never realized this was released so close to Steel’s first appearance. Gotta say, for a character who endured long after the Reign of the Supermen, he sure didn’t start off too well, huh?

    Never really thought about the symbolism of the cape and all that. If it helps, he stopped hiding his face in later versions of the armor and the DCAU version of Steel didn’t wear a cape at all.


  2. I couldn’t have been less interested in Superman in the early ’90s until they killed him. I picked up the poly-bagged ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #500 that set up the four replacement Supermen for the “Reign of…” story arc, but the only one who appealed to me was the one who was quite obviously NOT the real Superman: Henry Johnson, aka John Henry Irons, aka Steel.

    I followed his early appearances in SUPERMAN: MAN OF STEEL. His look was so damn cool; I saw the obvious Thor and Iron Man influences, but I also thought he looked like a heroic version of Doctor Doom. Plus, he was a strong black man and that made him different than a lot of other heroes I saw at the time, but made him closer to some of my favorite G.I. Joes like Stalker and Roadblock.

    I read the first two issues of STEEL when he got his own title. I liked them, but not enough to forego one of my precious X-Men titles to follow the series for good.

    Great episodes. If/when you finish your Bloodlines coverage and wanted to do more with Steel, I would not object.


  3. Love Steel, and totally rate him much higher than Cyborg (“if there can only be one”, which is a problem in and of itself). Plum forget all about Edge until you reminded me with this cover. He has an unfortunate porn-related name now so not due for a return, I’m sure.


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