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''Steelgrip Starkey and the All-Purpose Power Tool'' was a six-issue ComicBook limited series created by Alan Weiss and published by [[MarvelComics Epic Comics]] in 1986. Positioning itself as a modern-day folk tale in the spirit of PaulBunyan, John Henry, and Rosie the Riveter, it chronicles the adventures of Steelgrip Starkey as he embodies the virtues of honest labor.

Patrick "Steelgrip" Starkey and his friend Flynn "Flyin'" Ryan are construction workers recruited by a mysterious Mr. Pilgrim, inventor of the All-Purpose Power Tool. Using a new technology called "technalchemy", the APPT can perform any construction job, quickly synthesizing new components as needed. Joined by the tool's programmer, Sharri Barrnett, the three spend a year traveling the world as they perform various amazing feats, demonstrating that a good man with the right tool can perform miracles.
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!!''Steelgrip Starkey and the All-Purpose Power Tool'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* ArbitrarilyLargeBankAccount: Mr. Pilgrim appears to have one of these, as Star Key Enterprises effortlessly provides Steelgrip and Flynn with a New York City apartment suite, a private jet, [[strike:costumes]] uniforms, and anything else they need without any concern for expenses. Justified because [[spoiler:the entire effort is run by the [[CosmicEntity White Brotherhood]], who can apparently use magic to provide whatever funds are needed.]]
* AsianAndNerdy: Sharri, the All-Purpose Power Tool's programmer, is Filipino.
* BananaRepublic: Bazililand, ruled by the dictator General Kingu.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: The members of Globelock Inc.
* [[spoiler:DecoyLeader: Mr. Pilgrim, who -- when he appears -- is actually a friend of Flynn's in a latex mask.]]
* [[EmpathicWeapon Empathic Tool]]: The All-Purpose Power Tool will only work for those pure of heart. Steelgrip {{Lampshades}} this trope when he says it feels like the APPT is silently communicating with him.
-->"I can feel it! Jolting up my arm, to my brain! It's communicating with me! Letting me know what it -- what ''we'' -- can accomplish together!"
* EpicRace: Issue #5 centers on an "Around-The-World Super Construction Race" between Star Key Enterprises and Globelock Industries.
* EvilCounterpart:
** Ironarm Gantry, recruited by Globelock to operate the Worldbeater in the Super Construction Race. He's brutish, selfish, and prone to bursts of anger and pettiness.
** The Worldbeater itself is an EvilCounterpart to the All-Purpose Power Tool; it's a massive, polluting contraption with bolted-on components, and tears up the landscape as it performs its tasks.
* GeniusBruiser: Flynn was a former student teacher at an Ivy League college, handles the team's logistics and finances, and his hobbies include animal tracking and Eastern philosophy. [[spoiler:Played UpToEleven when it's revealed that he secretly developed technalchemy and the All-Purpose Power Tool.]]
* GodGuise: Flynn pretends to be an angry Lion God (complete with lion suit) to frighten General Kingu into revealing his scheme to mine the Moon.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Flynn is a Vietnam War veteran with a scarred "R" in his forehead. It was done out of defiance when he and his fellow prisoners were ordered to make an anti-American propaganda video.
* GreenAesop: Played straight, though the aesop is not "wilderness development is bad" as much as "wilderness development must be done [[InHarmonyWithNature carefully and harmoniously]]."
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Averted when Steelgrip is whisked away from a runaway nuclear reactor at the last second. Played straight when the All-Purpose Power Tool entombs itself with the reactor core to contain the meltdown.]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Steelgrip and Flynn.
* IdenticalLookingAsians: Invoked in the first issue when [[JerkAss foreman Arty Blasko]] tries to identify Sharri's ethnicity using a variety of slurs (she's Filipino).
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Steelgrip Starkey, who was selected because he upholds the heroic ideal. Also enforced by the All-Purpose Power Tool, as it only works for him because of his "purity of energy and intent."
* InstantExpert: Even though Steelgrip has no idea what new form or instruments the tool will create for a job, he can control it immediately with the skill of an expert. Justified by the tool's empathic nature and its familiar, construction-oriented controls.
* LightningBruiser: Steelgrip.
* LimitedWardrobe: Steelgrip and Flynn rarely wear anything other than their usual outfits. Justified for Steelgrip, as his red shirt/blue jeans combination is a uniform. There's no excuse for Flynn's overalls, however...
* MagicTool: The All-Purpose Power Tool is the size of a toolbox, but can be programmed to perform any task, from raising a skyscraper to clearing a polluted gulf. It runs on no visible power source, synthesizes new components out of thin air, and is apparently indestructible.
-->'''Starkey:''' Hey, Flyin' -- how do you think it does this?\\
'''Flynn:''' How should I know? It's magic to me!
* [[spoiler:MagicPoweredPseudoscience]]
* MrFanservice: Steelgrip, perhaps inevitably as his outfit shows off his musculature very well. Justified in that one reason he was selected was because he matched the archetype of a hard-working American hero.
* MysteriousEmployer: Mr. Pilgrim, who eventually turns out to be [[spoiler:a cover for Flynn.]]
* NatureHero: Moosehead Murphy, who lives in the Chugach Alaskan mountain range and protects it from reckless development.
* NoConservationOfEnergy: Played ''very'' straight with the All-Purpose Power Tool. Possibly justified as [[spoiler:it's implied that technalchemy is a form of magic.]]
* {{Qurac}}: Kuhlavi, ruled by the "desert lord" [[ArabOilSheikh Haroun Zamahdi]].
* TheReveal: [[spoiler:The All-Purpose Power Tool and Technalchemy were developed by Flynn; the company's mission is an attempt by the [[CosmicEntity White Brotherhood]] to promote the virtues of honest labor.]]
* ScaryBlackMan: Dr. Sartorus, Mr. Pilgrim's analyist. He's usually an eloquent GentleGiant, but has been shown (off-panel) joining with Flynn to easily fight off four attackers.
* SecretUndergroundPassage: An underground tunnel near the New York Public library leads to the Star Key Enterprises apartment suites.
* TechnologyPorn: Lots of it whenever the All-Purpose Power Tool is used.
* UnreliableNarrator: [[spoiler:Flynn invokes this trope with some of his thought balloons and dialog. While he's eventually revealed to be the tool's inventor and the mastermind behind [[DecoyLeader Mr. Pilgrim]], his thoughts often read like he's unaware of the big picture. Done particularly egregiously when he and Dr. Sartorus are secretly plotting against General Kingu, yet Flynn still refers to Mr. Pilgrim in the third person.]]
* UrbanFantasy
* WorkingClassPeopleAreMorons:
** Averted with Steelgrip and Flynn, who are smart, virtuous men with numerous HiddenDepths.
** Played straight with the JerkAss foreman Arty Blasko, a loudmouth who leers at women and abuses his authority.
* WrenchWench: Sharri is the digital equivalent of this trope.
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