Feat: Steel, ‘Steel’ #21

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STEEL (JOHN HENRY IRONS)
NEW EARTH

In ‘Steel’ (1995) #21, titled “Stalker,” Steel performs a super strength feat. In Washington D.C., still must stop a terrorist attack masterminded by Metallo. During the battle, Steel knocks off Metallo’s head with his hammer.

How much super strength does it take for Steel to knock off Metallo’s head with a kinetic hammer?

In ‘Steel’ (1995) #21, titled “Stalker,” Steel performs a super strength feat. During the battle, Steel knocks off Metallo’s head with his hammer. AP Photo/DC Comics.

STEEL HIT METALLO WITH ABOUT 2668674.17122 NEWTONS OF IMPACT FORCE IN AN ELASTIC COLLISION THAT REMOVED HIS 5.054 KILOGRAM HEAD FROM HIS BODY.

STEEL GENERATED 13343370.8561 JOULES OF KINETIC ENERGY WITH HIS KINETIC HAMMER, 153715.632262 TIMES THE DAILY ENERGY EXPENDITURE OF A HUMAN BEING PER DAY OR CLASS 100+ WITH 8086354.7288 TONS OF SUPER-STRENGTH, ENOUGH TO DESTROY A WALL.

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Steel is in Washington D.C. and must stop a terrorist attack masterminded by Metallo. Metallo has a new body and Steel uses a strategy used by Superman in his battles against Metallo: He knocks off Metallo’s head. Refer to the calculations in the Show/Hide Toggle.

METALLO’S DURABILITY

Typically, Metallo is made of an indestructible steel alloy. We will use Metallo’s feat in ‘Adventures of Superman’ (1992) #491, in order to calculate Metallo’s durability. Here, Metallo’s indestructible metal alloy upgraded by Cerberus actually reflects Superman’s heat vision.

In 'Adventures of Superman' (1992) #491, Metallo's indestructible metal alloy upgraded by Cerberus actually reflects Superman's heat vision.
In ‘Adventures of Superman’ (1992) #491, Metallo’s indestructible metal alloy upgraded by Cerberus actually reflects Superman’s heat vision. AP Photo/DC Comics.

NUMBER CRUNCHING

Metallo’s upgraded steel alloy reflected Superman’s heat vision. Typically, Superman’s heat vision reaches temperatures as hot as the sun’s surface, which is about 5520 degrees C. Let’s calculate the thermal energy discharged by Superman in order to estimate Metallo’s durability.

Thermal Energy = W on system = (5,520 C-20 C)(480 J/kg C)(272.155 kg*0.2) = 13343370.8561 J.

It takes more than 13343370.8561 Joules of energy in order to destroy Metallo’s upgraded steel alloy. This is merely a rough estimate and it is very possible that it would take millions of degrees Celsius, a temperature matching the sun’s core, in order to melt Metallo’s upgraded steel alloy. Our strategy is to use the Conservation of Energy to calculate the kinetic energy used by Steel’s kinetic hammer to knock off Metallo’s head from the thermal energy or work done on the system.

From 4.4: Momentum And Energy, we find:

Wonsystem=ΔKEsystem⟺FΔx1=1/2m1v12

Since the change in kinetic energy equals the work done on the system, we can calculate the impact force in the elastic collision. The elastic collision caused Metallo’s head to travel five meters from its body. We previously assumed that Metallo’s head was approximately 1.8% of his body weight. This is in relation to the human brain weighing about 1.3 kg.

Let’s calculate Metallo’s Super Strength Level. According to the SUPERPOWERWIKI, Peak Human Strength is between 800-1000 lbs. Let’s use the higher value of 1000 lbs which converts to 453.592 kg. We can use Metallo’s durability ratio in comparison to a human being’s daily energy expenditure in order to calculate Metallo’s Super-Strength.

Metallo’s Super-Strength = Peak Human Strength * (153715.632262)(1/0.01857142857) = 8086354728.8 kg = 8086354.7288 ​Tons

SUPER-STRENGTH

Metallo’s upgraded indestructible steel alloy can reflect Superman’s heat vision. The energy needed to melt Metallo’s steel alloy is likely in the millions of degrees Celsius, which is as hot as the sun’s core. In our calculations, we assumed Steel matched the thermal energy of Superman’s heat vision with his kinetic hammer.

Steel’s kinetic hammer generated 13343370.8561 Joules of kinetic energy knocking off Metallo’s head in an elastic collision. Using an energy ratio, we rated Metallo’s Super-Strength to be 8086354.7288 ​Tons, which is the City Level of Super-Strength.

Toggle the Toggle Arrow below to view the calculations.

Calculations for Steel, ‘Steel’ #21

Specific Heat Capacity Of Steel = 480 J/kg C
Energy Expenditure By A Human In A Day = 7,500,000 J/day.
Mass Of Metallo = 272.155 kg.
Temperature At The Surface Of The Sun = 5520 C.

Thermal Energy = W on system = (5,520 C-20 C)(480 J/kg C)(272.155 kg*0.01857142857) = 13343370.8561 J.
Impact Force = W/d = (113343370.8561 J)/(5 m) = 2668674.17122 N. Ratio = (13343370.8561 J * 24 hr * 3600 * 1 day)/(7,500,000 J/day * 1 hr * 1 s) = 153715.632262.
Metallo’s Super-Strength = Peak Human Strength * (153715.632262)(1/0.01857142857) = (453.592 kg)(331079.82336)(1/0.01857142857) = 8086354728.8 kg = 8086354.7288 Tons.


SOURCES

Steel Vol 2 21 in DC Database.
John Henry Irons (New Earth) in DC Database.
John Corben (New Earth) in DC Database.
4.4: Momentum And Energy in Physics LibreTexts.
Peak Human Listing in SUPERPOWERWIKI.

Battles Of The Week: Captain Atom vs Mister Majestic (Hero vs Hero)

BATTLES OF THE WEEK

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SYNOPSIS FOR “POWER STRUGGLE”

Captain Atom is stranded in the WildStorm Universe. After a first scuffle with Mister Majestic, Captain Atom has come to the White House to ask for help. He needs assistance to return to the DC multiverse. Now, he has to face Mister Majestic for a showdown.

SHOWDOWN AT THE WHITE HOUSE!
In ‘Captain Atom: Armageddon’ (2006) #3, Captain Atom faces the U.S. Army at the White House as he seeks the President’s help. AP Photo/DC Comics

Enter the two contestants at the White House in Washington D.C. On the left side is Captain Atom and on the right side is Mister Majestic.

Let’s look at the stats.

CAPTAIN ATOM – NEW EARTH
SUPER-STRENGTH: PLANETARY
SUPER-SPEED: SUPERSONIC
DURABILITY: CONTINENT
ENERGY PROJECTION: UNIVERSAL
FIGHTING SKILLS: METAHUMAN
INTELLIGENCE: GENIUS
PARAPHERNALIA
  • Monarch Armor.
WEAKNESSES
  • Involuntary Quantum Jumping.
  • Quantum Field Disruption.
  • Radiation Leak.
  • Vulnerability to X-Ionized Weapons.
MISTER MAJESTIC – PRIME EARTH
SUPER-STRENGTH: PLANETARY
SUPER-SPEED: SUPERSONIC
DURABILITY: PLANETARY
eNERGY PROJECTION: CONTINENT
FIGHTING SKILLS: WARRIOR
INTELLIGENCE: GENIUS
PARAPHERNALIA
  • Molecular Disentangler.
  • Energy Dampeners.
  • Planet Movers.
WEAKNESSES
  • Vulnerability to Kusar Weapons.
  • Vulnerability to Creation Engine Fragments.

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THE FIGHT

In Washington D.C., at the White House, Captain Atom faces Mister Majestic for another showdown.

The battle to decide who is the most powerful warrior!

OUTCOME: DRAW

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CAPTAIN ATOM IN COMICS

‘Space Adventures’ (1960) #33, titled “Introducing Captain Adam” marks the first appearance of Captain Atom in DC continuity. The issue tells the origin story of Captain Atom: Allen Adam’s body was vaporized after he was launched in an experimental rocket. However, he survived and was able to re-form his body by using the power of the atom. Donning a special body suit to protect from radiation, he became Captain Atom.

The comic was written by Joe Gill and penciled by Steve Ditko.

CAPTAIN ATOM’S FIRST ISSUE SPECTACULAR
‘Space Adventures’ (1960) #33, titled “Introducing Captain Adam” marks the first appearance of Captain Atom in DC continuity. AP Photo/DC Comics

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SOURCES

Captain Atom: Armageddon #3 in Comic Vine.
Nathaniel Adam (New Earth) in DC Database.
Majestros (Wildstorm Universe) in DC Database.
Space Adventures #33 in Comic Vine.

Battles Of The Week: Wonder Woman vs Genocide (Hero vs Villain)

BATTLES OF THE WEEK

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SYNOPSIS FOR “RISE OF THE OLYMPIAN PART 1: PLAGUE AND PESTILENCE”

Special Agent Diana Prince has to lead her team of agents into a new danger. Speculation runs about a new enemy and his Manazons. Can Wonder Woman protect the Amazons and the Olympian gods from extinction?

WONDER WOMAN FIGHTS A BLOODY BATTLE AGAINST THE MENACE OF GENOCIDE!
In ‘Wonder Woman’ (2009) #26, Wonder Woman battles Genocide for the first time. AP Photo/DC Comics.

Enter the two contestants in Washington D.C. On the left side is Wonder Woman, the Amazon Princess and on the right side is Genocide.

Let’s look at the stats.

WONDER WOMAN – NEW EARTH
SUPER-STRENGTH: PLANETARY
SUPER-SPEED: SUPERSONIC
DURABILITY: PLANETARY
ENERGY PROJECTION: PLANETARY
FIGHTING SKILLS: WARRIOR
INTELLIGENCE: LEADER
PARAPHERNALIA
  • Bracelets of Submission.
  • Gold Armor.
  • Lasso of Truth.
  • Sandals of Hermes.
  • Tiara.
  • Invisible Jet.
WEAKNESSES
  • Vulnerability to Piercing Weapons.
  • Blindness.
GENOCIDE – NEW EARTH
SUPER-STRENGTH: PLANETARY
SUPER-SPEED: SUPERSONIC
DURABILITY: PLANETARY
eNERGY PROJECTION: MOUNTAIN
FIGHTING SKILLS: WARRIOR MADNESS
INTELLIGENCE: FIELD EXPERIENCE
PARAPHERNALIA
  • Lasso of Truth.

WONDER WOMAN PLACES IN THE TOP 10 OF THE BATTLE RANKER COMPETITION

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THE FIGHT

Wonder Woman battles the sinister menace of Genocide in Washington D.C., bent on destroying the Olympian gods and the Amazons.

The battle to decide who is the strongest warrior!

OUTCOME: GENOCIDE WINS BY NEAR DEATH

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WONDER WOMAN IN COMICS

‘All Star Comics’ (1942) #8, marks the first appearance of Wonder Woman in DC continuity. The issue tells the origin story of Wonder Woman and the Amazons’ contact with Steve Trevor and man’s world.

The graphic novel was created by Gardner Fox.

WONDER WOMAN’S FIRST ISSUE SPECTACULAR
‘All Star Comics’ (1942) #8, marks the first appearance of Wonder Woman in DC continuity. AP Photo/DC Comics

SOURCES

Wonder Woman #26 in Comic Vine.
Diana of Themyscira (New Earth) in DC Database.
All-Star Comics Vol 1 8 in DC Database.

Battles Of The Week: Power Girl vs Wonder Woman

BATTLES OF THE WEEK

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SYNOPSIS FOR “A MURDER OF CROWS, PART TWO – THROWDOWN”

Civil unrest and fires are appearing in Washington D.C. They have been caused by mysterious forces that have manipulated Power Girl into thinking Wonder Woman is her enemy. Power Girl is possessed and is determined to defeat Wonder Woman. As Wonder Woman worries about the people to protect, she has to finally take the gloves off!

In 'Wonder Woman' (2010) #40, Power Girl possessed by the Children Of Ares, fights Wonder Woman.
In ‘Wonder Woman’ (2010) #40, Power Girl possessed by the Children Of Ares, fights Wonder Woman. Photo/DC Comics

The two contestants enter Washington D.C. On the left side is Power Girl, the Supergirl from Krypton and on the right side is Wonder Woman, the Amazon Princess.

Let’s look at the stats!

Power Girl – Earth-Two
SUPER-STRENGTH: PLANETARY
SUPER-SPEED: STELLAR
DURABILITY: PLANETARY
ENERGY PROJECTION: CONTINENT
FIGHTING SKILLS: WARRIOR
INTELLIGENCE: FIELD EXPERIENCE
PARAPHERNALIA
  • None.
WEAKNESSES
  • Vulnerability to Kryptonite.
  • Vulnerability to Magic.
Wonder Woman – New Earth
SUPER-STRENGTH: PLANETARY
SUPER-SPEED: PLANETARY
DURABILITY: PLANETARY
ENERGY PROJECTION: MOUNTAIN
FIGHTING SKILLS: WARRIOR MADNESS
INTELLIGENCE: LEADER
PARAPHERNALIA
  • Bracelets of Submission.
  • Gold Armor.
  • Lasso of Truth.
  • Sandals of Hermes.
  • Tiara.
  • Invisible Jet.
WEAKNESSES
  • Vulnerability to Piercing Weapons.
  • Blindness.

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THE FIGHT

In ‘Wonder Woman’ (2010) #41, Wonder Woman fights Power Girl possessed by the Children of Ares.

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OUTCOME: WONDER WOMAN WINS BY INCAPACITATION

POWER GIRL IN COMICS

In ‘Infinite Crisis’ (2006) #2, titled “The Survivors”, Power Girl is introduced as a survivor of Earth-2 at the conclusion of ‘Crisis On Infinite Earths.’

In 'Infinite Crisis' (2006) #2, Power Girl is introduced as a survivor of Earth-2 at the conclusion of 'Crisis On Infinite Earths.'
In ‘Infinite Crisis’ (2006) #2, Power Girl, titled “The Survivors”, is introduced as a survivor of Earth-2 at the conclusion of ‘Crisis On Infinite Earths.’ Photo/DC Comics

SOURCES

Wonder Woman (2010) #41 in DC Database.
Infinite Crisis (2006) #2 in DC Database.
Kara Zor-L (Earth-Two) in DC Database.
Diana of Themyscira (New Earth) in DC Database.

Image Day: Jenny Quantum Leads The Authority Against The Government Conspiracy Of Harry Bendix

DC DAY

In 'The Authority: Revolution' (2005) #4, Jenny Quantum saves members of the Authority from a  massive nuclear explosion triggered by the Doctor.
In ‘The Authority: Revolution’ (2005) #4, the Authority fights Paul Revere and The Sons of Liberty in Washington D.C. Jenny Quantum saves members of the Authority from a nuclear explosion triggered by Fallout. Photo/DC Comics

WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS MATURE CONTENT.

IN IMAGE COMICS

IN THE BATTLE AGAINST PAUL REVERE AND THE SONS OF LIBERTY, FALLOUT TRIGGERS AN ATOMIC EXPLOSION IN FRONT OF THE WHITE HOUSE

In ‘The Authority: Revolution’, the Authority is a victim of a government conspiracy. The Authority has taken over the U.S. government and Paul Revere leads a political militia called the Sons of Liberty oppose what they perceive as the Authority’s dictatorship.

The Sons of Liberty are a group of old patriotic superheroes from the 1940s, 50s and 60s. They take orders from a mysterious man in a Helicarrier in the sky. In a bloody battle in front of the White House, the Authority fight the Sons of Liberty. As Paul Revere and the Sons of Liberty are de-powered by the strange man in the heli-carrier, FallOut triggers an atomic explosion.

In 'The Authority: Revolution' (2005) #4, Jenny Quantum saves members of the Authority from a  massive nuclear explosion triggered by the Doctor.
In ‘The Authority: Revolution’ (2005) #4, the Authority fights Paul Revere and The Sons of Liberty in Washington D.C. Jenny Quantum saves members of the Authority from a nuclear explosion triggered by Fallout. Photo/DC Comics

IN THE FALLOUT, THE AUTHORITY DISBANDS

In ‘The Authority: Revolution’ #5, the Authority is holding a meeting on the Carrier. They are discussing the possible security breaches that led to the nuclear fallout. Midnighter seeing a vision from future Apollo, decides to resign.

In some ways, he neglects the government conspiracy the Authority is victim to, and is afraid by Apollo’s future of totalitarian government created by the Authority.

In 'The Authority: Revolution' (2005) #5, Midnighter resigns from the Authority.
In ‘The Authority: Revolution’ (2005) #5, Midnighter resigns from the Authority.

Midnighter argues that the Authority has lost its way. In the beginning, the Authority was created by Jenny Sparks in order to save the world. He blames recent events on their current leader, Jack Hawksmoor. Midnighter argues that the fact the Authority has taken over the U.S. government shows they have lost their neutrality: from heroes they have become dictators.

As Midnighter leaves, Jenny Quantum tells him she knows he did something to the Carrier before the fallout. In present day, Jack Hawksmoor make an announcement on the U.S. mass media: The Authority takes full responsibility for the nuclear explosion and disbands.

In 'The Authority: Revolution' (2005) #5, the Authority disbands as a result of the nuclear fallout at the White House.
In ‘The Authority: Revolution’ (2005) #5, the Authority disbands as a result of the nuclear fallout at the White House. Photo/Image Comics

CHECK OUT THE STORY: IN A FIGHT FOR HUMAN EVOLUTION, SURVIVE OR DIE; WOLVERINE IS ON THE RUN FROM THE BROOD

JENNY QUANTUM UNCOVERS THE GOVERNMENT CONSPIRACY FROM THE INFINITE CITY

In ‘The Authority: Revolution’ #7, after three years, Jenny Quantum is now eight years old and is getting a physical in New Washington. She complains that people keep treating her like a kid She returns home and draws the man she thins is responsible for the Doctor’s death. She visits the Garden of Ancestral Memory where all the previous Doctors go when they die. She finds out that Jeroen (the previous Doctor) and his “successor” are not there.1

As she returns home, she gets a visit from her future fourteen year old self. Jenny can’t identify whether the girl is Jenny Sparks or Jenny Quantum. She does agree to travel with her in order to find out. They travel to Infinite City which houses all the past Jenny Quantum. There, she finds out the man behind the government conspiracy who has been manipulating the Authority. His name is Henry Bendix. As Jenny comes back home, she realizes she is her fourteen year old self. Apollo is startled.

In 'The Authority: Revolution' (2005) #7, Jenny Quantum and her 14 year old self travel to Infinite City.
In ‘The Authority: Revolution’ (2005) #7, Jenny Quantum and her fourteen year old self travel to Infinite City. Photo/Image Comics

JENNY QUANTUM LEADS THE AUTHORITY IN BATTLE AGAINST HENRY BENDIX

The Authority face the government conspiracy: Henry Bendix used the Rose Tattoo, the Spirit of Murder to seduce and kill the Doctor. In ‘The Authority: Revolution’ #12, Henry Bendix mind controls Midnighter to fight Jenny and the Authority. Jenny faces Midnighter in combat and The Engineer enters Midnighters brain and does micro-surgery with “a virus that wipes out any implant installed after the 20th century.”2

Before Midnighter was freed from mind-control, Bendix made him initiate the Carrier’s Suicide Protocol. Jenny has the current Doctor simulate her death as the Carrier explodes. Bendix attempts to transport Jenny’s naked body onboard only for the Authority to trace his location. A battle ensues at Bendix’s base. During the battle, the Rose Tattoo kisses Jenny who gets her first kiss, though the Doctor battles Rose Tattoo. Apollo decapitates Samson and Midnighter bloodily decapitates Henry Bendix because of Bendix’s government conspiracy. The Doctor turns the Rose Tattoo in the Spirit of Life who joins the Authority. The Authority claims Bendix’s base as their new base.

In 'The Authority: Revolution' (2005) #12, Midnighter viciously decapitates Henry Bendix.
In ‘The Authority: Revolution’ (2005) #12, Midnighter bloodily decapitates Henry Bendix.

COMIC GALLERY

In ‘The Authority: Revolution’ (2005) #11, Henry Bendix mind controls Midnighter to turn him against the Authority.


SOURCES

The Authority in Image Comics Database.
The Authority: Revolution #4 in Comic Vine.
The Authority: Revolution #5 in Comic Vine.
The Authority: Revolution #7 in Comic Vine.
The Authority: Revolution #12 in Comic Vine.
The Authority: Revolution #11 in Comic Vine.

FOOTNOTES

  1. The Authority Revolution #7.
  2. The Authority Revolution #12.

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Feat: Power Girl, ‘Wonder Woman’ #41

 

POWER GIRL (KAREN STARR)
EARTH-TWO

In ‘Wonder Woman’ (2010) #41 titled “A Murder Of Crows, Part Two”, Power Girl performs a super-strength feat. Wonder Womanfights Power Girl possessed by the Children of Ares. During the fight, Power Girl punches Wonder Woman to Canada.

How much super-strength does it take to punch Wonder Woman to Canada?

In 'Wonder Woman' (2010) #41, Power Girl possessed by the Children Of Ares punches Wonder Woman.
In ‘Wonder Woman’ (2010) #41, Power Girl possessed by the Children Of Ares punches Wonder Woman who bleeds. Photo/Marvel Comics
In 'Wonder Woman' (2010) #41, a Power Girl possessed by the Children of Ares punches Wonder Woman to Canada.
In ‘Wonder Woman’ (2010) #41, Power Girl possessed by the Children of Ares performs a super-strength feat. Power Girl punches Wonder Woman to Canada. Photo/Marvel Comics

POWER GIRL PUNCHED WONDER WOMAN IN A PERFECTLY ELASTIC COLLISION OVER 2,877,507 METERS.

THE PUNCH GENERATED A TOTAL KINETIC ENERGY OF 310,558,457,711,838 J OR 73942.4899314 TONS OF TNT ENOUGH TO DESTROY A TOWN, THE EQUIVALENT OF THE MASS OF A CONTINENT.

SUPER-STRENGTH SUPER FEAT:

CONTINENT

                       

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Power Girl, ‘Wonder Woman’ #41.

SOURCES

Diana of Themyscira (New Earth) in DC Database.
Kara Zor-L (Earth-Two) in DC Database.
Destructive Capacity and Durability in Power Crunch Archive Wiki.