John Henry Irons
42 years ago - John Henry Irons is born to a working class family in Metropolis.
24 years ago - 18-year-old John Henry Irons leaves home to begin his studies.
20 years ago - 22-year-old John Henry Irons gets his bachelors degree & begins studying for his masters in engineering.
17 years ago - 25-year-old John Henry Irons accepts a contract to work with Cyber-Tech instead of returning to his family.
11 years ago - 31-year-old John Henry Irons builds his first prototype of his weapons systems.
9 years ago - 33-year-old John Henry Irons realizes that Cyber-Tech are selling his weapons to Intergang. He loses everything when he tries to fight them, and realizes that he has a price on his head. He returns home to protect his family & finds work in their high steel business, finally meeting his 8-year-old niece, Natasha Irons.
6 years ago - 36-year-old John Henry Irons falls from high steel and is saved by Superman, who reminds him to make his life count. He begins working on his new weapons systems, forging them himself.
5 years ago - 37-year-old John Henry Irons builds his Steel armor, with the help of his 12-year-old niece Natasha Irons, to fill in for Superman after his death. He assists with the battle against Mongul and Cyborg Superman.
1 year ago - 41-year-old John Henry Irons retires from superheroics after the battle against Mageddon. He takes a post as the Justice League liaison with the United Nations and passes on the Steel armor to his niece Natasha Irons. He recruits William Glenmorgan to serve as the ambassador to Gorilla City.
I absolutely love Steel. He's a brilliant, brilliant character and the fact that he isn't more prominently featured is downright criminal.
There are explanations, I guess. He's a Superman supporting character, and in order to make his story make sense you have to get your ducks in a row with Superman first, and his story is being rewritten so often it drags Steel down. Also, he was featured in that absolute worst superhero movie of all time. Still, his time with the Justice League (or the Watchtower, as we're calling it) is some fantastic storytelling. He's the DC equivalent of Iron Man, just with cooler powers and a more focused aesthetic.
We chose to move his story forward by giving him a career beyond superheroics, making him the voice of the entire superhero community, both because he seemed like the single best choice for the role and because it allows us to create a legacy character in his niece Natasha. Still, I'm sure he's not far from his armor.