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Iron Major


The Iron Major is a recurrent foe of Sergeant Rock, the hero of classic World War Two comics.

This is not a full profile. It was part of a small series where we republished Mayfair stats that had become too hard to find, along with Who’s Who material for context.


  • Real Name: Unrevealed.
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed.
  • Known Relatives: Unnamed mother (deceased).
  • Base Of Operations: Europe during WWII.
  • Group Affiliation: Third Reich.
  • Height: 6’ Weight: 207lbs.
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Blond


Powers and Abilities

An excellent athlete and superb hand-to-hand combatant, the Iron Major was a highly trained soldier and master tactician.

His single greatest weapon was the iron hand he wore attached to his right wrist. Seemingly indestructible, it could shatter stone and deflect bullets.


This man was born and raised in the small German village of Mannlich. Since he was but a little boy, he prepared as much as he could for a career in the Wehrmacht . Thus, he already was a Major by the early days of the second World War.

The Major was part of Marshal Paulus ’ 6th Army, on the Eastern Front. He and his men were retreating across the frozen Don river  when a Russian plane’s fire shattered the ice. This plunged the Major’s closest friend into frigid waters. The Major managed to fish out his comrade in time, but his right hand was now hideously frostbitten.

By the time the Major was able to reach medical aid, his frostbitten hand had become gangrenous and had to be amputated. As a symbol to his troops, the major had his missing hand replaced with one of solid iron, then he was sent home to Mannlich to recuperate.

Because of his iron hand and his iron will, his rigid moral code and his strict adherence to the rules, his men began to call him the Iron Major. It was a name he took to well.

Stalag 9

No longer considered fit for duty in the front lines, the Iron Major was made commandant of Stalag 9. This was an ancient castle that was serving as a prisoner of war camp. It was there the Iron Major first met the American soldier who was to become his greatest adversary – Sgt. Frank Rock.

Rock was the first prisoner ever to escape Stalag 9, only to be pursued by the Major in the Forest of Forgotten Skulls. There, during a battle to the death, the Iron Major was thought slain by an exploding land mine.

But the Iron Major survived the explosion. He crossed paths with Sgt. Rock several more times before the end of the war.


See illustration.


See above.

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Iron Major

Dex: 07 Str: 04 Bod: 05 Motivation: Power Lust
Int: 06 Wil: 07 Min: 06 Occupation: Major
Inf: 07 Aur: 06 Spi: 06 Resources {or Wealth}: 006
Init: 022 HP: 060

Martial artist: 07, Military science: 08, Thief: 06, Vehicles (land): 06, Weaponry (firearms, melee, heavy): 09

Iron Nerves, Leadership, Scholar (Tactics).

Nazi Germany (High).

MPR (metal hand).


  • METAL HAND [STR 08 BODY 13, Note : STR can be mostly used to crush small objects ; BODY can be used to Block, even bullets].
  • PO8 Luger [BODY 04, Projectile weapons: 04, Ammo 08, R#2].

Compiled by Sébastien Andrivet (stats from World at War, history from Who’s Who).

Source of Character: Sergeant Rock comics (DCU).