Is Steel inspired by Iron Man?

#1 Posted by Jakesully1981 (281 posts) - - Show Bio

I have a feeling DC was highly influenced by Marvel's Iron Man character for Steel to be DC's answer to Iron Man.

I mean John Henry Irons is much like Tony Stark in some way and a genius too plus his Steel ID is much similar to Iron man if you think about it.

#2 Posted by TheCrowbar (4286 posts) - - Show Bio

uhhh no he's inspired by the folklore hero John Henry.

#3 Posted by Rumble Man (11118 posts) - - Show Bio

@TheCrowbar said:

uhhh no he's inspired by the folklore hero John Henry.

The badass laborer who beat the machine for setting up rail posts, the man used two hammers but his heart gave out at the end

love that story

#4 Posted by Twentyfive (2845 posts) - - Show Bio

He only uses armor because Superman is the "Man of Steel". So real world John Henry, and DC world Superman inspired him. Not Iron Man.

#5 Posted by Onemoreposter (4069 posts) - - Show Bio

@Jakesully1981 said:

I have a feeling DC was highly influenced by Marvel's Iron Man character for Steel to be DC's answer to Iron Man.

I mean John Henry Irons is much like Tony Stark in some way and a genius too plus his Steel ID is much similar to Iron man if you think about it.

Yeah, of course Iron Man helped to inspire steel. They're too similar to ignore that fact and the longer steel's character has existed the more like Tony he has become.

However, Tony was very much influenced by the original Metallo, right down to the mustache.

#6 Posted by matchesmalone21 (8973 posts) - - Show Bio

@Jakesully1981: Not exactly, They are similar in modus operandi,but the name and personality were shaped on the mythical John Henry,he isn't selfish and bossy,he created the armor to rely on Superman's powers, I do not believe it to be based in Iron Man..because Iron Man isn't soo original,already there were heroes of using armors or robots bodies, since the 40

#7 Posted by Crash_Recovery (850 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm not sure you could say that Iron Man inspired Steel as you could say that they were both inspired by the idea of a modern interpretation of medieval armor.

#8 Posted by kasino (1785 posts) - - Show Bio

how does Steel fly?

#9 Posted by matchesmalone21 (8973 posts) - - Show Bio

@kasino: Depend of the armor. tThe first and second armor,fly because of the jet boots...later he created an third armor (used in Morrison's JLA) that fly because of the jet boots and because was capable to create a limited anti-gravitational field

#10 Posted by Dracade102 (8167 posts) - - Show Bio

@TheCrowbar said:

uhhh no he's inspired by the folklore hero John Henry.

Wow, I can't believe I never realized that before... @__@

#11 Posted by Jakesully1981 (281 posts) - - Show Bio

Oh yes i know the folklore hero but not only him but also Marvel's popular hero as DC was influenced by both sources. And who thinks Irons is as cool as Stark?

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