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Jackhammer (Superman enemy) (DC Comics)


(Jackson Hammersmith)

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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game
  • An eminently forgettable pre-Crisis obscure villain, but I just wrote his brother up and I’m a completist.
  • Note that since we have no way to gauge how weak Superman was at this point, the stats for the armour are by necessity quite arbitrary.


  • Real Name: Jackson Hammersmith
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed
  • Known Relatives: Brother (Jackhammer II, first name unknown)
  • Group Affiliation: None
  • Base Of Operations: Metropolis
  • Height: 6’2” Weight: 180 lbs
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Brownish red

Powers and Abilities

Jackson Hammersmith had enough skills with metalworking and hydraulics to design and assemble the Jackhammer suit – though many of the key parts were apparently stolen as he lacked the Lab, the Wealth or the Gadgetry (or any combination of the three) to produce them himself.

The Jackhammer suit is a fairly straightforward affair – bulletproof full plate armour powered by hydraulics. The punches can be relayed by steel plates in front of the fist, and the plates are mounted on a rod that can be forcefully pumped forward to hit things like a jackhammer.


Jackson Hammersmith was a logistics worker on the loading docks of the Metropolis Electronics company. Apparently, he had mostly applied to the position in order to gradually steal specific components for his real project. He was building in his apartment a suit of power armour so he could become a supervillain and steal tons of money.

Hammersmith knew that Superman would assuredly stop him, but soon after he completed his armour he got a lucky break – the Mole, a villain interviewed by the Eagle newspaper, mentioned that Superman now lacked much of his power. Soon, Jackhammer challenged Superman (who had been split into two half-Supermen by Satanis – long story) and wrecked an elevated train line.

When Superman intervened, one punch from Jackhammer knocked the wind out of him and he barely managed to save an incoming passengers train. As Superman collapsed from exhaustion on top of the departing train, Jackhammer claimed victory over the Man of Steel.

Heady with power after this achievement, Jackhammer I offered protection to Metropolis mobs to beat Superman away if he tried to interfere with their crimes. This offer was a success ; Jackhammer and his ’customers’ launched a one-week crime wave in Metropolis, with Superman knowing there wasn’t much he could do.

Eventually he decided to intervene anyway, hoping to find a way to defeat the more powerful Jackhammer.

Jackhammer smashes cinder blocks to test his weapons

The fight went very poorly for the Man of Steel, but the crowd intervened and started throwing insults and random objects at Jackhammer. The villain, who was closing in on a stunned Superman to finish him, angrily replied to the crowd. At his feet, Superman seized the moment and punched him hard in his unprotected jaw, knocking Jackhammer out and ending his reign of terror.

I don’t think Jackhammer was ever seen again. His brother become the second Jackhammer – but he used very different technology and was part of a rather anecdotal team of demolitionists for hire, the Demolition Team. A third Jackhammer, Ford Coronado, was a member of never-actually- seen-on-panel villain team called the Toolbox.

The Toolbox was defeated by Superman, and Jackhammer III was later fused within the Enginehead, emerging as its leading consciousness.


Perry mentioned Hammersmith being tall.


Stock Silver Age villain.


“He ain’t invulnerable anymore ! Accordin’ to the Eagle [newspaper], he bleeds just like everybody else !”

“I did it ! Haha, I did it ! With one punch, I did what no one else could ever do — not Luthor, not Brainiac… nobody ! I BEAT SUPERMAN !”

(As the police opens fire) “Fire away ! I got a few itches under here that needed scrathin’ anyway ! Ha ha hahah ha !”


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Jackhammer I

Dex: 05 Str: 03 Bod: 03 Motivation: Power
Int: 03 Wil: 03 Min: 03 Occupation: Logistics worker
Inf: 03 Aur: 03 Spi: 03 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 011 HP: 015

Gadgetry: 04

HQ (Confined – his flat, which does not seem to quite count as a Lab), Stroke of Genius (Jackhammer suit)

Street (Low)

None demonstrated

JACKHAMMER ARMOUR [BODY 12,/STR/ 07 /BODY/ 05, EV 13, Jumping: 02, Skin armour: 08, Bonus: Skin armour is effective against energy attacks, though only at half-strength (only 4 APs apply), Limitation: Skin Armour has Partial Coverage (- 3CS)]

By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: Action Comics 537-38 (1982) (DC Universe)

Helper(s): Darci

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