Real Name: MIchael Steel
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Ironclad's body is covered in a mettallic-like and remarkably tough armored hide, able to resist most forms of attack. In addition, he is monstrously strong (going toe-to-toe with the Hulk) can increase his density to unknown limits, gaining additional resistence to attacks.
Mike Steel was an engineer, scientist, and pilot before gaining his superhuman powers. With his teammates, he attempted to duplicate the original rocket flight of the Fantastic Four through a cosmic ray belt, and gained superhuman powers just as the Fantastic Four did. His team then first battled the Hulk, although during the battle Ironclad lost control of his powers and sank into the ground. Later, he rescued his teammate X-Ray and was reunited with the U-Foes. They again battled the Hulk and this time defeated him. In triumph, they exhibited the captive Bruce Banner on national television. However, Banner was freed by Rick Jones, Betty Ross, and the alien Bereet, and Banner transformed into the Hulk and defeated the U-Foes. With the U-Foes, Ironclad later escaped a special government prison, but was accidentally "deflected" by team leader Vector into the "Crossroads" dimension. There, he battled the Hulk and defeated him with the help of the alien "Puffball Collective," though he became trapped in a dimension of quicksand. Ironclad later escaped back to the "Crossroads" dimension, and with the U-Foes he escaped back to Earth through a dimensional warp unintentionally opened by the mutant Charles Little Sky. The U-Foes battled the Avengers and Puma, and Ironclad was defeated by Captain America and Gilgamesh.
Some time later, alongside other superhuman criminals, Ironclad attempted to escape from the Vault, and battled the Avengers and Freedom Force. Alongside Electro, Ironclad sided with Thunderball against Venom for leadership of the convicts. Ironclad was later freed from the Vault, and with teammates Vapor and X-Ray, Ironclad attacked the Avengers West Coast, mistakenly believing they had killed Vector. Vector then reappeared alive and well, and led his teammates in a strategic retreat. With the U-Foes, Ironclad later attacked a New York hospital in search of Charles Little Sky (who was now known as Portal), where they battled Darkhawk, Daredevil, and Captain America.
Mike was identified as one of the 142 registered superheroes who appear to have registered as part of the Super-Human Registration Act.
Though a registered hero, Ironclad is later seen as part of the Hood's criminal organization who plan to take advantage of the split in the superhero community caused by the Superhuman Registration Act.
First Appearance: The Incredible Hulk (1968) #254
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Avengers Academy (2010)
Avengers West Coast (1989)
#53 Avengers: Deathtrap, The Vault (1991)
- 'The Plan Proceeds!'
Avengers: The Initiative (2007)
#25 Battlezones: Dream Team˛ (1996)
- 'Avengers The Initiative Disassembled Conclusion'#26
- 'Up is Down'#28
- 'Seize The Day'#33
- 'The Hammer Falls, Part 1 of 3'
Captain America: Steve Rogers (2016)
Civil War (2006)
Dark Avengers (2009)
Fantastic Four (2014)
#9 Heroes for Hire (1997)
- 'East of Eden Part One'
#1 Marvel Encyclopedia (2014)
- 'Heroes and Villains'#2
- 'Rising Evil'
New Avengers (2005)
#1 Secret Avengers (2010)
- 'Breakout!, Part One'#2
- 'Breakout!, Part Two'#35
- 'The Trust, Part Four'
#32 She-Hulk (2004)
- 'To Hold Back A Black Hole'
#5 She-Hulk (2005)
- 'The Big Picture Part One: More Than a Handful'#6
- 'The Big Picture Part Two: Minor Complications'
#17 Siege (2010)
- 'Planet Without a Hulk Part Three: Shock After Shock'#18
- 'Planet Without a Hulk Part Four: Illuminated'
#1 Siege: Secret Warriors (2010)
- 'The Siege of Asgard - Phase One'#2
- 'The Siege of Asgard - Phase Two'#4
- 'The Siege of Asgard - The Fallen'
Siege: Storming Asgard - Heroes & Villains (2010)
Spider-Man: Breakout (2005)
#1 The Avengers (1963)
- 'Breakout: Part 1'#2
- 'Breakout: Part 2'#3
- 'Breakout: Part 3'#4
- 'Breakout: Part 4'#5
- 'Breakout: Part 5'
The Incredible Hulk (1968)
#254 The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
- 'Waiting for the U-Foes!'#274
- 'Home the Hard Way!'#275
- 'The Return of the U-Foes!'#277
- 'What Friends Are For!'#278
- 'Everybody Loves a Parade, Right?'#304
- 'Fancy Meeting You Here!'#397
- 'Welcome Home'#398
- 'A Convocation of Politic Worms'#401
- 'Filling Slots'
HC The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
- 'The Marvel Encyclopedia'
#13 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
- 'Super-Adaptoid to Umar'
#607 Thunderbolts (1997)
- 'Siege: Ragnarok, Part 1'
Annual 1997 Venom (2011)
- 'The Origin of the Thunderbolts'#104
- 'Taking Civil Liberties'#107
- 'Power Full'
#28 Vision (2016)
- 'The Land Where The Killers Dwell'#29
- 'Drowning in a Nightmare'#30
- 'The Unwanted'
- 'The Villainy You Teach Me'
Video Game Appearances:
The Incredible Hulk (2008)
The Incredible Hulk: The Pantheon Saga (1997)
Hood's Criminal Syndicate (Marvel)
Thunderbolts (Marvel)(01 - Masters of Evil)
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