Day 9 of 28 Days of Black Super Heroes, today’s hero is the DC Comics’ character Mr. Terrific.
Ok, who knows about this guy? Anyone?
Here’s the thing: This is the kind of character I should like. Except I don’t. Mostly because I haven’t read too much about him. And that’s mostly because he’s hooked up with the Justice Society of America, which bores me beyond measure.
WHO IS HE?
Anyway, Michael Holt is the second Mr. Terrific.
Back in the WWII Golden Age, the first Mr. Terrific was a super-intelligent, super-talented guy who had no challenges in life because of his ability. He decided taking chances and helping people was his way to cope.
The present day Mr. Terrific is a similarly talented man, driven to suicidal tendencies because of the loss of his wife and child. After meeting The Spectre (you don’t want to meet this guy), he was told about the first Mr. Terrific and decided to use his talents for the same purpose -even hooking up with the Justice Society just like the first guy.
WHAT DOES HE DO?
Initially, I had no idea what this guy did. At first I just figured he was another martial artist or something. Turns out he is a superb martial artist, but he’s also extremely smart, as in 3rd smartest person on Earth smart (I assume one of the top two is Batman. Who could be the other one…Lex Luthor? Anyone?)
But aside from that, he’s invented some devices called T-Spheres, which orbit his body at all times and prevent him from being recorded or detected by technological devices. I wish I had a few of those things, the traffic cams around here are a real bitch.
THE WRAP UP
Ok, I obviously don’t know that much about Mr. Terrific. By all counts, this is a guy I should really be interested in. This is the type of character black people can really look up to.
I just don’t like the name, not only does it suck, he’s not even the original. I think they could’ve done better by going with something brand new rather than re-hashing an old character for shoe-horning into the JSA.
I guess having a letter from your name on your suit is not a big deal for most super-folk, but damn man don’t spell out the whole thing, especially if it’s Terrific.
There’s not much that could get me engaged with this character, he’s got the stink of the JSA on him, unfortunately. I will admit that DC did something psuedo-cool here. Too bad, it coulda been great, though.
So that’s all, folks! Oh yeah, here’s the pencil art I did for Mr. Terrific. See you tomorrow!