Girder (comics)

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Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Flash: Iron Heights (2001)
Created by Geoff Johns
Ethan Van Sciver
In-story information
Alter ego Tony Woodward
Team affiliations Secret Society of Super Villains
The Cyborg Revenge Squad
Abilities Living iron body grants superhuman strength

Girder is DC Comics supervillain and a new Rogue to the Flash (Wally West). He first appeared in Flash: Iron Heights (2001) and was created by Geoff Johns and Ethan Van Sciver.[1]

Girder made his live appearance on the first season of The Flash played by Greg Finley. He was killed in the first season but was brought back to life as a reanimated corpse in the second season. He was eventually taken care of and putto rest.

Fictional character biography

Steelworker Tony Woodward caused a riot at a steel plant after he assaulted a female employee. Angry coworkers threw Tony into a vat of molten steel. The liquid steel included recycled scraps from experiments performed by S.T.A.R. Labs. These scraps somehow turned Tony's body into living metal, which has incredible resistance from harm and grants him superhuman strength.[1] The major drawback was that the steel body began to rust when exposed to oxygen. He was eventually arrested for robbery and sent to Iron Heights.[1]

After escaping Iron Heights, he joined up with Blacksmith and her rogues to take over Keystone City and Central City. While a member of her rogues, Magenta used her powers to keep Girder from rusting and Girder, having an "attraction," made unwanted advances towards her. After making another crude pass, Magenta ripped Girder in half. His body was welded together and Girder was taken back to Iron Heights.

During the Infinite Crisis, Girder was part of the Secret Society of Super Villains led by Alexander Luthor, Jr. (who was posing as Lex Luthor).[2]

One Year Later, Girder was seen fighting the Teen Titans, but was defeated. He was seen in Salvation Run.[1]

In DC Special: Cyborg mini-series, Girder has joined of The Cyborg Revenge Squad.

Girder was among the villains in the ambush of the Justice Society of America led by Tapeworm.[3]

While Girder is in custody at Iron Heights Penitentiary, he is broken out by Captain Boomerang to distract the guards so Captain Boomerang can sneak in to meet with Professor Zoom.[4]

Powers and abilities

Girder has superhuman strength and endurance. His body is made from a nearly indestructible steel that provides a high degree of protection from physical and energy attacks.[1]

In other media


Girder appears in The Flash episode "The Flash is Born", portrayed by Greg Finley[5]. This version is a metahuman with the ability to turn his skin into steel after falling into a vat of molten steel when the S.T.A.R. Labs particle accelerator exploded. He bullied Barry Allen and Iris West when they were children. He goes after Iris so that she can blog about him defeating Flash. When Flash catches up to him, he manages to defeat Girder using a combination of Mach 1 speed and one of his punches. In the episode "Power Outage," Girder is released in exchange that he takes on Farooq. He is killed by Farooq during Barry's temporary power loss. In the episode "The Runaway Dinosaur," Harry Wells' particle-accelerator explodes where it returns Barry's speed and also affects Woodward who returns as a reanimated corpse targeting Iris. Girder's zombie appearance is defeated again by the Flash and is finally put to rest.


Girder appears in Superman/Batman: Public Enemies. He is among the supervillains that attack Superman and Batman.


Girder has appeared in Justice League Unlimited #16. In the issue, he escaped Iron Heights to visit his family during Christmas, but was stopped by the Justice League, particularly Atom Smasher.


  1. ^ a b c d e Wallace, Dan (2008), "Girder", in Dougall, Alastair, The DC Comics Encyclopedia, New York: Dorling Kindersley, p. 137, ISBN 0-7566-4119-5, OCLC 213309017
  2. ^ The Flash Vol. 2 #225. DC Comics.
  3. ^ Justice Society of America Vol. 3 #29 (July 2009). DC Comics.
  4. ^ The Flash Vol. 3 #7 (December 2010). DC Comics.
  5. ^ Brown, Laurel (August 20, 2014). "Zap2it First: 'The Flash' casts 'Star-Crossed's' Greg Finley as Girder". Zap2It. Archived from the original on August 21, 2014. Retrieved August 20, 2014.

External links

  • Hyperborea article on Girder
  • Crimson Lightning - An online index to the comic book adventures of the Flash.
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