Steel Maxum was a stripper and the former wielder of the Helmet of Nabu who held the mantle of Doctor Fate. He was removed from the position by the Lords of Order after the "Get Out of Hell Free" card was stolen from the Tower of Fate by Knockout and Scandal Savage.
When on his workout session jogging up a mountain, Steel Maxum was chosen by the Lords of Order to be the next Doctor Fate (apparently, because Steel was in good physical condition). The Helm of Fate then appeared through a portal and was given to Maxum. Fate used his mystical powers to both protect order and gain personal satisfaction from his mission.
At some point, Steel developed a romantic relationship with the Silver Banshee, eventually showing her the location of the Tower of Fate.
Two months later, Maxum could be found drinking in a bar. Unbeknownst to him, Scandal Savage and Knockout planned to use Steel to obtain the "Get Out of Hell Free Card" from the Tower of Fate. Having taken an interest in the latter, Steel blindly takes them to the Tower, expecting to be rewarded. He and Knockout share a romantic moment, but Maxum becomes suspicious of Scandal's apparent disappearance. After finding Scandal, Steel races to get his helmet but is intercepted by Knockout. The three enter a fight, and Maxum is rendered unconscious in the process.
After regaining his consciousness, Steel finds the "Get Out of Hell Free Card" missing, but the rest of the Tower of Fate intact. He is confronted by Nabu, who then strips Steel of his power and removes him from the Tower.
Meeting the Suicide Squad
He was later found by the Suicide Squad in a strip club, taken to the woods and on the run from Zoom, and roasted marshmallows with them while he told them his origin how how he became Doctor Fate. Afterwards while on the road, he gets kicked out of the vehicle by the Task Force X team, as he is no longer of any use to them and is left stranded in the middle of nowhere half-naked. He is later about to be arrested by a patrolling police officer on the freeway, but Eobard Thawne and his goons find Maxum, who is powerless and alone, then kidnap him. His fate remains unknown.
Powers and abilities
- Superhuman strength
- Lightning manipulation
- Peak human physical condition
- The Helm of Fate (formerly)
- His appointment as Doctor Fate shows even gods can mess up with their decisions.
- He later mentions someone else being Doctor Fate after him, possibly Linda Strauss.