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Author Topic: That Great Man - Mr Terrific!


Location: Lancashire
Member Since: Sat May 17, 2008

One of the very first superheroes, and the first JSAer, I came across as a boy was Mr Terrific. It was a reprint of Wonder Woman #231/232 and taking place in a World War II setting writer Martin Pasko delivered an extremely engaging action based story that also had a genuinely touching emotional center to it. It has to be said that Mr Terrific is barely a prescence in this tale, and yet there was something about this silent, generic, masked cliche that took my attention and captured it. Perhaps in as much as anything it was the shirt emblazoned with the affirming message of 'Fair Play' that appealed, but without a doubt my next encounter with Mr Terry Sloan would be Justice League of America #172...

Among many pleasures in the 1999 JSA revival was David Goyer and Mark Waid's representation of Terry Sloan as an idealist and master of all skills, an intellectual genius with a heart of gold. But with that unyielding idealism comes a weakness, an all too human and touching inability to be able to accept the wickedness of the world at large, or be able to comprehend the selfishness that drives people to do selfish mean-spirited things.
Idealism and faith in a better standard of living life is an ever more precious commodity in todays Superheor comics, so take a moment to remember the magic of Terry Sloan - the Original Mister Terrific... here in one of his finest moments courtesy of Geoff Johns and Leonard Kirk. One of my alltime favourite Justice Society stories. \(yes\)

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