Real Name: Sam Baxter
Identity/Class: Human cyborg
Occupation: Secret agent, formerly soldier (Para)
Affiliations: Colonel Trueman, Secret Intelligence Service
Enemies: Scarface, Dr. Stanowlski
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Mobile
First Appearance: Victor #1009 (D.C. Thomson, 21st June 1980)
Powers/Abilities: Steelhead Sam is an expert fighter, both unarmed and with a variety of weapons. His metal skull is extremely durable, allowing him to take blows to the head without flinching - even automatic gunfire doesn't faze him.
History: When a terrorist attack severely fractured the skull of Sergeant Sam Baxter of the Parachute Regiment, surgeons saved his life with a new technique, completely rebuilding his skull and face by replacing the broken bones with steel under a lightweight titanium mask. Invalided out the army because (in Sam's estimation) they "don't want a freak with a metal head," Sam tracks down the terrorists who injured him and captures them. Though this inadvertently ruins covert MI6 surveillance intended to track down the cell's leader, MI6's Colonel Trueman offers Sam a job. Since his distinctive appearance would be a disadvantage for undercover work, they also outfit him with a variety of lifelike rubber face masks.
Comments: Created by Denis McLoughlin.
Steelhead Sam appeared for a total of fifteen issue, from Victor #1009 (21st June 1980) until #1023 (4th October 1980).
We never saw what Sam looked like before the terrorist incident, but he does have one mask he seems to prefer using; even if it isn't based on his original appearance, it is still the closest thing he has to a "real" face. After the initial issue, we virtually never see Sam's metal head without a mask covering it.
CLARIFICATIONS: Not to be confused with
anyone else named Steel something
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