Many characters created during the ’90s have been long-forgotten, but Superman’s ally John Henry Irons is about to celebrate his 30th Anniversary in the Steel: A Celebration of 30 Years hardcover collection.
Spinning out of the pages of 1993’s “Reign of the Supermen” storyline, John Henry Irons used his ingenuity and brawn to help stand up for the citizens of Metropolis in Superman’s absence, and has continued to fight on the side of truth and justice ever since, spanning three decades of comic book action.
Steel: A Celebration of 30 Years contains his origin in The Adventures of Superman #500, and a number of appearances through every iteration of DC Comics since in Superman: The Man of Steel #22, 100, and 122, Steel #1 and 34, JLA #17, Justice League Unlimited #35, Steel (2011) #1, Suicide Squad #24, Action Comics #44, Convergence: Superman: Man of Steel #1-2, and The Death of Superman 30th Anniversary Special.
A plethora of talent, including his creators Louise Simonson and Jon Bogdanove, are represented in the collection, along with Mark Schultz, Christopher Priest, Matteo Casali, Steve Lyons, Matt Kindt, Sholly Fisch, and Grant Morrison. Art by Jon Bogdanove, Dennis Janke, Chris Batista, Rich Faber, Denys Cowan, Tom Palmer, Arnie Jorgensen, David Meikis, Mark Pennington, Doug Mahnke, Tom Nguyen, Darryl Banks, Kevin Conrad, Scott Cohen, Al Nickerson, Ed Benes, Rags Morales, Rick Bryant, Sean Parsons, Brad Walker, Patrick Zircher, June Brigman, and Roy Richardson.
The anniversary volume also includes retrospective essays from Simonson, Bogdanove, and Priest.
Steel: A Celebration of 30 Years contains 328 pages for a suggested retail price of $39.99.
Look for the collection in stores on May 30 with a cover by Alex Garner (pictured below)
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