Ferro Lad

© DC Comics / Used without permission
Origin: Birthright
Real Name: Andrew Nolan
First Appearance: Adventure Comics #346 [DC Comics July 1966]
                            Character created by Jim Shooter


Prowess 4 {Fair}
Coordination 5 {Good}
Strength 8* {Amazing}
Intellect 3 {Average}
Awareness 4 {Fair}
Willpower 5 {Good}

Stamina: 13*
Determination: 1

Strength is 4 in his normal form.


Art (Painting)


Alternate Form ["Sentient, flexible Iron" (Solid)] 8 {Amazing}
       Damage Resistance
Life Support 9 {Fantastic}


Legion Flight Ring


. Daredevil: Need to give meaning to his previously secluded life. 
. Strange appearance: always wears his helmet to hide his disfigurement.
. Can go for days without nourishment or rest, but has to follow such time with equal period of coma-like sleep. 

Points: 52


Andrew was born one of twin sons of Luiza Karamonte, the famous and beautiful holovid star. A freak of genetics caused her two sons, Andrew and Douglas, to be born hideously deformed; something that was a kiss of death to Luiza's career; the tabloids wanted beautiful celebrity babies, not hideous mutants. She reacted to this after consulting with her PR firm by playing the role of the martyred mother, suffering a "terrible tragedy" that she was determined to overcome. Her career saved, Luiza dumped both her sons with doctors and psychologists in hospitals and rarely saw them again, except for very occasional photo opportunities when it was convenient for her.

Both Andrew and Douglas spent considerable time in mental institutions. Their power, to be able to transform their body into solid iron, did not offset the revulsion that most people felt toward their hideous appearance. Douglas became largely certifiable by a relatively young age, but Andrew seemed more capable of handling the psychological trauma of his condition and reacted better to counseling. Eventually he managed to be integrated with other children while wearing a facemask, and at the age of 13 he was released from the institution; no longer requiring psychological treatment and untreatable physically. 

His mother had no idea what to do with him, though she certainly didn't want him around her, and seemed angry at the doctors for having released Andrew at all. Finally she put him in an apartment in Metropolis with a small stipend and orders that he not be seen in public. 

For reasons he never revealed, but that can be guessed at, Andrew ignored his mother's orders and went to try out for the Legion of Super-Heroes, just as the legionnaires were getting ready to confront the Khund warfleet headed for earth. In the Legion, he finally found a place where he belonged; the legion had its share of freaks, and no one seemed to care that Andrew wore a mask. What mattered here were his powers.

At first, Andrew was still very shy around his companions and particularly in public; but when he started to see that the public actually liked him now, when he gained his own fan club, it woke something up in Andrew. Overnight, he became a daredevil; the first to charge in, the first to want to kick ass. His real personality emerged from behind all of his fears of rejection and Andrew became truly heroic, albeit highly reckless.

Ferro Lad is one of those hints that the Legion, in spite of its goofiness, was a little more mature than many other books at the time. Where else could a team book actually have a character die in one of his missions? This was pretty much brand-new stuff for comics at the time (Marvel can’t even keep his dead people dead, by the way), and it was done just fine, showing Ferro Lad knocking out Superboy and flying a bomb into the heart of a Sun-Eater, sacrificing his life to save the entire universe. This gave the goofy-named kid in the terrible costume (I mean... "Fe" on the front? At least the Metal Men had cooler symbols to use) a lifelong credibility he would never have gained otherwise, and he became a Legion legend for it. He was brought back near the end of the first continuity as a "chronal duplicate” and  it was kind of neat to give people a further look at a guy who never really got a chance to be a mainstream hero. Character revised according to rules presented in ICONS Great Power book. Streamlined, once again, according to ICONS Superpowered Roleplaying: The Assembled Edition.


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