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Iron John

Iron John 1918
Real name
John Blanik
Current alias
Iron John
Alignment
Affiliation
Relatives
Eisenhans (father, deceased); Henri Blanik (brother, deceased)
Universe
Base of operations
Mobile

Characteristics
Gender
Hair
Status
Occupation
Warrior
Education
Taught by father
Origin
First appearance
Death

2000 AD prog 1912
2000 AD prog 1922

History

Iron John was a character in the 2000 AD strip The Order. Before the start of the strip he and his brother were members of the Order, a cadre of warriors dedicated to protecting medieval Europe from supernatural threats. While fighting the otherworldly monsters known as 'wurms' he was saved from being sucked into their dimension by his German comrade Siegfried Kohl. Because his brother died in the battle John believed that he, too, should have died a hero's death, as his father had taught him. From the moment Siegfried saved him he had a life-long hatred of Germans. John became something of a recluse, with only his wolf Grendel for company.

Years later John met Siegfried's daughter Anna Kohl and was reunited with his brothers-in-arms Ritterstahl, Schmidt and Blazen as they fought off a second wurm invasion. A grumpy old curmudgeon with a heart of gold and a lethal axe-swing, John gradually warmed to Anna despite initially being highly suspicious of her. In fact, almost the last thing he did before his death was to save her life. He eventually died doing what he loved best: slaughtering wurms in the catacombs below Prague, in 1210 AD. So did Grendel.

Powers and abilities

Abilities

Armed combat.

Strength level

"Strong as an ox" and "solid as an oak" (according to Blazen).

Weaknesses

Slightly senile; illiterate.

Paraphernalia

Transportation

Refuses to ride a horse because they are for the old and the idle.

Weapons

Huge double-bladed axe.

Notes

  • In 1580 AD, Anna Kohl (who is gifted with an unnaturally long life-span) hallucinated Iron John and Grendel when she was under the influence of 'wyrm musk'.
  • Ritterstahl later created a huge man-shaped machine with which to invade the wyrm-world, and called it 'Iron John'. It was equipped with rocket launchers, flamethrowers and a huge axe.

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