John Steelhands is a character in Sparks Nevada, Marshal on Mars.
John Steelhands was a robot outlaw on Mars in the pre-podcast era. He melted the polar ice caps, which were being used as a prison for other robot outlaws. When the ice caps were melted, the resulting flood threatened both a human settlement and a tribe of Martians, who were enjoying a feast in honor of their younglings who had survived the trials of B’ar-mit zvah.
Sparks Nevada, along with his horse Mercury, rode alongside the flood. Sparks attached a wormhole generator to his lasso, and sucked the entire flood into the wormhole. Presumably, Sparks Nevada captured or killed Steelhands, but this is not outright stated in the podcast.
- John Steelhands does not appear in the podcast. He is, however, mentioned by name in This American Wife. (TAH 38.1)
- Prior to podcast canon, John Steelhands was played at least once by Paul F. Tompkins (Fan Questions Answered).
- Mentioned in the Sparks Nevada, Marshal on Mars segment of the Original Graphic Novel