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| Image = Citizen Steel.jpg
 
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| Eyes = Green
 
| Eyes = Green
 
| Hair = Red
 
| Hair = Red
| UnusualFeatures = [[Unique Physiology]]
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| Citizenship = American
 
| Citizenship = American
 
| MaritalStatus = Single
 
| MaritalStatus = Single
 
| Occupation = [[Adventurer]], former [[Student]] and [[Athlete|College Football Player]]
 
| Occupation = [[Adventurer]], former [[Student]] and [[Athlete|College Football Player]]
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| Origin = The grandson of the original [[Steel]], Nathan Heywood is a former football hero who has suffered numerous tragedies. First, an injury and infection required his leg to be amputated. Then, a vicious attack by the Fourth Reich wiped out most of his family. But during the attack, a bizarre incident left him with metal-like skin and superhuman strength.<ref>{{c|Justice Society of America Vol 3 #23}}</ref>
 
 
| PlaceOfBirth = Franklin County, [[Ohio]]
 
| PlaceOfBirth = Franklin County, [[Ohio]]
 
| Creators = Geoff Johns; Dale Eaglesham
 
| Creators = Geoff Johns; Dale Eaglesham
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Nathan is the grandson of Henry Heywood and cousin of Henry Heywood III. Formerly a football star, Nathan retired after shattering his kneecap and having his leg amputated. The incident left Nathan addicted to painkillers.
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Nathan was a grandson of [[Henry Heywood, Sr. (New Earth)|Henry Heywood]] and a cousin of [[Henry Heywood III (New Earth)|Henry Heywood III]]. Formerly a football star, Nathan retired after shattering his kneecap and having his leg amputated. The incident left Nathan addicted to painkillers.
   
While attending a Heywood family reunion, he is attacked by the Fourth Reich, a team of metahuman Neo-Nazis ordered by [[Vandal Savage]] to wipe out the bloodlines of Golden Age heroes. Despite the Fourth Reich's effort, they fail to completely destroy the Heywood bloodline, as both Nathan and a few children manage to survive. Both Nathan's brother and mother are turned to metal statues by the villain Reichsmark. Nathan jams his crutch into Reichsmark's mouth, causing him to spit liquid metal blood onto Nathan. [[Hawkman (Carter Hall)|Hawkman]] takes him to Dr. Mid-Nite, who notes that the metal is being absorbed by Nathan's skin. Later, it is revealed that the metal has grown out from where Nathan's amputated leg once was, forming metallic bone, muscles, and flesh. Waking in his hospital room, Nathan is shown to have superhuman strength. [[Doctor Mid-Nite (Pieter Cross)|Dr. Mid-Nite]] informs Nathan that he is now a being of living steel, due to an unknown reaction to Reichsmark's blood.
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While attending a Heywood family reunion, he was attacked by the [[Fourth Reich]], a team of metahuman Neo-Nazis ordered to wipe out the bloodlines of Golden Age heroes by [[Vandar Adg (New Earth)|Vandal Savage]]. Despite the Fourth Reich's effort, they failed to completely destroy the Heywood bloodline, as Nathan and a few children managed to survive. Both Nathan's brother and mother were turned to metal statues by the villain [[Reichsmark (New Earth)|Reichsmark]]. Nathan jammed his crutch into Reichsmark's mouth, causing him to spit liquid metal blood onto Nathan. [[Carter Hall (New Earth)|Hawkman]] took him to [[Pieter Cross (New Earth)|Doctor Mid-Nite]], who noted that the metal was being absorbed by Nathan's skin. It was later revealed that the metal had grown out from the amputation scars on Nathan’s leg, replacing the lost limb. The new leg was constructed of metallic analogues of bone, muscles, and flesh. Waking in his hospital room, Nathan was shown to have superhuman strength. Doctor Mid-Nite informed Nathan that he was now a being of living steel, due to an unknown reaction to Reichsmark's blood.
   
He is christened Citizen Steel by [[Power Girl]].
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He was christened Citizen Steel by [[Kara Zor-L (Earth-Two)|Power Girl]].
   
Heywood acquitted himself well against [[William Matthews (New Earth)|the Heartbreak Slayer]], saving two of his team-mates from a runaway bus. When [[Gog I (New Earth)|Gog]] manifested in Africa, Heywood sided with him, hoping to be "gifted" with the removal of his powers; however, Gog never acknowledged him, as he didn't truly believe. When the Justice Society finally united to defeat Gog, unleashes his full strength against Gog, actually managing to topple the giant, which gives Gog's former herald [[Magog]] the chance to cut off his head and send him to the [[Source Wall]].
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Heywood acquitted himself well against the [[William Matthews (New Earth)|the Heartbreak Slayer]], saving two of his team-mates from a runaway bus. When [[Gog I (New Earth)|Gog]] manifested in Africa, Heywood sided with him, hoping to be "gifted" with the removal of his powers. However, Gog never acknowledged him, as he did not truly believe. When the Justice Society finally united to defeat Gog, he unleashed his full strength against Gog and actually managed to topple the giant. This gave Gog's former herald, [[David Reid (New Earth)|Magog]], the chance to cut off Gog's head and send him to the [[Source Wall]].
Following Gog's defeat, Nathan takes time off from the JSA to be with his family. This consists of survivors of the attack on the reunion, various children, most of whom call him 'Uncle Nathan' or 'Uncle Nate'.
 
   
During the events of Blackest Night, Nathan helps fight off the hordes of Black Lanterns attacking Manhattan. He tries to help Power Girl during her battle with the newly reanimated [[Kal-L (Earth-Two)|Kal-L]], but is knocked aside by the hero, who mockingly refers to him as a "paperweight" compared to him.
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Following Gog's defeat, Nathan took time off from the JSA to be with his family. This consisted of the various children who had survived the attack on the reunion, most of whom now called him "Uncle Nathan" or "Uncle Nate".
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During the events of Blackest Night, Nathan helped fight off the hordes of Black Lanterns attacking Manhattan. He tried to help Power Girl during her battle with the newly reanimated [[Kal-L (Earth-Two)|Kal-L]]. He was knocked aside by the reanimated hero, who mockingly referred to him as a "paperweight" compared to him.
   
 
Following the split in the Justice Society, Nathan opted to join Power Girl's more youth-oriented team of '''[[Justice Society of America All-Stars|JSA All-Stars]]'''.
 
Following the split in the Justice Society, Nathan opted to join Power Girl's more youth-oriented team of '''[[Justice Society of America All-Stars|JSA All-Stars]]'''.
   
 
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* {{Unique Physiology|Organic Steel Physiology}}: Nate Heywood's skin, bone and muscle tissue has been transmuted into organic steel, which provides him with enhanced strength and durability. According to Doctor Mid-Nite's prognosis, it would take nothing less than an AIM-9 Sidewinder to even knock him down.
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* {{Unique Physiology|Organic Steel Physiology}}: Nate Heywood's skin, bone, and muscle tissue has been transmuted into organic steel, which provides him with enhanced strength and durability. According to Doctor Mid-Nite's prognosis, it would take nothing less than an AIM-9 Sidewinder to even knock him down.{{cn}}
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* {{Acrobatics}}: Nate Heywood possesses great athletic prowess.{{cn}}
 
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* {{Power Limitation|No Tactile Sensation}}: The organic steel also covers Heywood's nervous system disabling his sense of touch to an extreme degree.
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* {{Power Limitation|No Tactile Sensation}}: The organic steel also covers Heywood's nervous system disabling his sense of touch to an extreme degree.{{cn}}
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* {{Power Instability}}: As such, he has trouble gauging the amount of pressure that he exerts and cannot feel varying extremes of temperature.{{cn}}
   
* {{Power Instability}}: As such, he has trouble gauging the amount of pressure that he exerts and cannot feel varying extremes of temperature.
 
 
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* {{Acrobatics}}: Nate Heywood possesses great athletic prowess.
 
 
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* '''Stainless Steel Skin-Suit''': Steel wears a specially designed containment suit developed by [[Michael Holt (New Earth)|Mister Terrific]]. The costume functions as a secondary skin and is composed of a stainless steel alloy with a tensile strength of over 280,000 lbs. per square inch. The metal shell adapts to the curvature of Steel's body, and re-molds itself based upon his movements. Although the suit helps Steel adjust to his body's new composition, it also significantly reduces his strength level. Donning the costume requires an invasive smelting and subsequent cooling process aided by Mister Terrific's [[T Spheres]].
 
* '''Stainless Steel Skin-Suit''': Steel wears a specially designed containment suit developed by [[Michael Holt (New Earth)|Mister Terrific]]. The costume functions as a secondary skin and is composed of a stainless steel alloy with a tensile strength of over 280,000 lbs. per square inch. The metal shell adapts to the curvature of Steel's body, and re-molds itself based upon his movements. Although the suit helps Steel adjust to his body's new composition, it also significantly reduces his strength level. Donning the costume requires an invasive smelting and subsequent cooling process aided by Mister Terrific's [[T Spheres]].
 
 
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Nathan was a grandson of Henry Heywood and a cousin of Henry Heywood III. Formerly a football star, Nathan retired after shattering his kneecap and having his leg amputated. The incident left Nathan addicted to painkillers.

While attending a Heywood family reunion, he was attacked by the Fourth Reich, a team of metahuman Neo-Nazis ordered to wipe out the bloodlines of Golden Age heroes by Vandal Savage. Despite the Fourth Reich's effort, they failed to completely destroy the Heywood bloodline, as Nathan and a few children managed to survive. Both Nathan's brother and mother were turned to metal statues by the villain Reichsmark. Nathan jammed his crutch into Reichsmark's mouth, causing him to spit liquid metal blood onto Nathan. Hawkman took him to Doctor Mid-Nite, who noted that the metal was being absorbed by Nathan's skin. It was later revealed that the metal had grown out from the amputation scars on Nathan’s leg, replacing the lost limb. The new leg was constructed of metallic analogues of bone, muscles, and flesh. Waking in his hospital room, Nathan was shown to have superhuman strength. Doctor Mid-Nite informed Nathan that he was now a being of living steel, due to an unknown reaction to Reichsmark's blood.

He was christened Citizen Steel by Power Girl.

Heywood acquitted himself well against the the Heartbreak Slayer, saving two of his team-mates from a runaway bus. When Gog manifested in Africa, Heywood sided with him, hoping to be "gifted" with the removal of his powers. However, Gog never acknowledged him, as he did not truly believe. When the Justice Society finally united to defeat Gog, he unleashed his full strength against Gog and actually managed to topple the giant. This gave Gog's former herald, Magog, the chance to cut off Gog's head and send him to the Source Wall.

Following Gog's defeat, Nathan took time off from the JSA to be with his family. This consisted of the various children who had survived the attack on the reunion, most of whom now called him "Uncle Nathan" or "Uncle Nate".

During the events of Blackest Night, Nathan helped fight off the hordes of Black Lanterns attacking Manhattan. He tried to help Power Girl during her battle with the newly reanimated Kal-L. He was knocked aside by the reanimated hero, who mockingly referred to him as a "paperweight" compared to him.

Following the split in the Justice Society, Nathan opted to join Power Girl's more youth-oriented team of JSA All-Stars.

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  • Stainless Steel Skin-Suit: Steel wears a specially designed containment suit developed by Mister Terrific. The costume functions as a secondary skin and is composed of a stainless steel alloy with a tensile strength of over 280,000 lbs. per square inch. The metal shell adapts to the curvature of Steel's body, and re-molds itself based upon his movements. Although the suit helps Steel adjust to his body's new composition, it also significantly reduces his strength level. Donning the costume requires an invasive smelting and subsequent cooling process aided by Mister Terrific's T Spheres.

Citizen Steel's code-name was first provided as part of the roll call at the end of Justice League of America (Volume 2) #8.

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