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The New Steel (The African American Superhero) Debuts... Maybe We'll Get Another (Better) Movie

by Tambay A. Obenson
December 6, 2011 11:20 AM
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Comic books fans may have something to say about this I'm guessing... from Black Superhero Fan:

One of the most prominent and popular African-American super heroes, STEEL will be making his debut into the world of DC COMICS-THE NEW 52 on December 7. Equal parts Superman and folk legend John Henry (to whom the name of his alter ego, John Henry Irons, is an homage), Steel will appear in ACTION COMICS #4 – written by critically acclaimed, bestselling author Grant Morrison and illustrated by Rags Morales.

And the story:

When Terminauts threaten to lay waste to Metropolis in search of Superman, it falls to Steel to come to the aid of the beleaguered hero – and the Man of Steel will sure need the help of this steel-drivin’ man. But their team-up isn’t all we’ll get from Steel in this issue. ACTION COMICS #4 also features a special backup story written by Sholly Fisch and drawn by Brad Walker. The eight-page story continues the action of ACTION, showcasing a heavy metal battle between Steel and Metal-zero. Debuting in ACTION COMICS #4, Steel will return for ACTION COMICS #7, where he will star in another backup by Fisch and Walker.

Little of that means anything to me, so I hope it does to some of you folks out there, and you can school the rest of us.

When I think of Steel, the first thing that comes to mind is the horrible Shaquille O'Neal film, in which he starred as the title character. Remember that? If not, maybe the below clip will remind you.

And while we're at it, with all the conversation in recent years about about what black superhero character will get his own movie franchise next, I haven't heard anyone mention Steel's name as a contender... (head over to Black Superhero Fan for more images of the new Steel):

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  • that dude | December 6, 2011 11:49 PMReply

    There's no black superhero with as checkered a history as STEEL.

    First of all, way too many black superheroes have either lightning based powers (Black Lightning, Static Shock, Storm, Johnny Thunder) or cyborgs (CYBORG, STEEL, WAR MACHINE).

    But STEEL was created by DC Comics because HARDWARE, a black character created by black comics company Milestone, was getting popular. So instead of doing a movie deal with a company they had a partnership with, they created a knock off character they wholly owned.

    So they screw over Milestone and instead of making a character a scientist who invented the armor, they make a white girl the inventor and Steel is....well, Shaq.

  • Jug | December 7, 2011 12:53 PM

    In all honesty, both of those characters are probably a knock off of Deathlok. He was a cyborg character from Marvel that several iterations, the most popular one being Black, way back in the 70's-80's. He's made various returns over the decades & there was a bubbling film script for it when Marvel started blowing up. Check it:

  • Clnmike | December 7, 2011 9:37 AM

    Let the truth be known.

  • sonofbaldwin | December 6, 2011 10:36 PMReply

    Uh. He looks just like one of DC's other superheroes: Cyborg.

  • Jug | December 6, 2011 12:54 PMReply

    This clip is where the internet takes an "L". Some things, should remain forgotten...

  • Micah | December 6, 2011 1:58 PM

    Truer words have never been spoken.

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