The Other ‘Man of Steel’
Unsung Hero with Super Aspirations
Steel is an alloy of iron and carbon that is widely used in construction and other applications because of its hardness and tensile strength. It is also the name of a lesser known superhero who emulates Superman, and looks like a mix of Thor, Iron Man’s War Machine, and John Henry the legendary “steel-driving man.”
Steel first appeared in Superman comics in 1993. After being saved by our famous caped crusader, John Henry Irons who was a weapons engineer joined the fight to protect his fellow man by constructing a crime-fighting suit made of steel with technological gadgets and a kinetic hammer. His persona is described as a “blue-collar Batman”, a vigilante using his own inventions. His character was also inspired by the folk hero, John Henry, who beat a steam-powered hammer in a contest to save his job.
Little known by the public (or just largely forgotten) is the fact that a movie has already been released starring a very big NBA hero, Shaquille O’Neal as Steel. Unlike today’s trending cinematic blockbuster renditions of comics, the movie was a box office flop grossing $1.7 million on a $16 million budget. The San Francisco Chronicle described it as a “tolerable stinker of a film” that “plays like a Saturday morning cartoon”, and in the same breath, praised Annabeth Gish as “the first woman-in-wheelchair action hero in a Hollywood movie.”
Despite the fact that Steel, the character, might not receive the fame and glory such as Superman, he is still a strong support for the good people to succeed at the end of the day. The same goes for steel, the strapping, used for load securement and palletizing. Steel strapping is still widely used by companies shipping loads of all sizes because of its strong and sturdy features.
Vulcan Wire supplies various companies across the west coast the steel strapping they need to transport their goods. As long as a company can continue to distribute more and more of their products in a secure fashion, steel strapping will continue to play a strong supporting role for business to flourish and succeed.
In honor of supporting every company that faces distribution challenges everyday, Vulcan Wire is offering a Fall Special on steel strapping. Save $$ on your next order and have piece of mind that your shipment is secured with our cold-rolled, waxed and deburred steel strapping. We carry full skids of all sizes from 5/8″ to 1 1/4″.
Like Superman, John Henry Irons, and John Henry the Legend, steel strapping is a symbol of strength and endurance. Get the strap you need from Vulcan Wire.