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The Religious Affiliation of Comic Book Character
John Henry Irons
Steel
ally of Superman, member of the JLA, founder of Steelworks

John Henry Irons is better known as the armored superhero "Steel." Steel lives in Metropolis and has been a long-time ally of Superman. Irons first crafted his superheroic identity immediately after Superman apparently died at the hands of Doomsday. As the "Man of Steel," Irons was one of four individuals claiming to be the "real" Superman or the valid successor to Superman.

John Henry Irons is a Protestant and has expressed a clear belief in God and the afterlife on a number of occasions. Steel's primary identity may be as an engineer, however. Steel is typically not overtly religious.

Discussion

From: "Question for other atheists" forum discussion, started 6 March 2006 on "Comic Boards" website (http://www.comicboards.com/dcb/view.php?trd=060306051129; viewed 23 July 2007):

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Posted by Hellstone on Monday, March 06 2006 at 14:20:26 GMT

re: "As noted in other discussions over the years they seem to bend over backwards to NOT assign denominations or faith statements to characters..."

Well, I think that goes for the "big 3" [Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman], for example. But many denizens of the DCU have expressed their religion explicitly, and I'm not just talking Wonder Woman and Kobra and Zauriel here... many more, have all stated their explicit beliefs...


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Posted by Icon on Monday, March 06 2006 at 15:08:25 GMT

Many of those have their beliefs tied up in their powers or character. I'd have a much harder time saying what denomination (or absence of same) some of the more generically-themed characters are, like: Robin, Argent, Impulse..., Steel, Wonder Girl..., Joto, Hawkman..., Metamorpho, Captain Boomerang (Senior and Junior), and the like...


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