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Mr. Terrific


JSA # 76: Modern Age Mister Terrific by Alex Ross. Image File history File links JSA 76 File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Nelson Alexander Alex Ross (born January 22, 1970) is an American comic book painter, acclaimed for the photorealism of his work. ...

Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Spectre (vol. 3) # 54
(Jun 1997)
Created by John Ostrander
Tom Mandrake
Characteristics
Alter ego Michael Holt
Affiliations Justice Society of America
Checkmate
Notable aliases White King, White King's Bishop
Abilities Formidable intellectual and physical abilities. Cannot be detected by modern technology. Extensive nanotechnology in mask and costume for a variety of sensory, communication and database retrieval functions. T-Spheres that function as a computer, holographic projection unit, projectile weapons and numerous other uses.

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Contents

Fictional character history

At a young age, Michael Holt showed remarkable intelligence, reading and assimilating the works of Bohr, Einstein, Planck and Feynman, the pantheon of theoretic physics, at the age of six. He studied advanced science, space and time "while other children struggled through Sesame Street". [1] Aage Niels Bohr Aage Niels Bohr (born in Copenhagen, Denmark on June 19, 1922) is the son of Margrethe and Niels Bohr. ... Einstein redirects here. ... This article is about Planck, the German physicist. ... Richard Feynman Richard Phillips Feynman (May 11, 1918–February 15, 1988) (surname pronounced FINE-man) was one of the most influential American physicists of the 20th century, expanding greatly the theory of quantum electrodynamics. ...


Holt displayed as he called it, "a natural aptitude for having natural aptitudes", easily picking up and retaining complex skills and abilities that other men spent their entire lives perfecting. Before he began his career as a superhero, he already possessed 14 Ph.D's (two in Engineering and Physics -- including assorted doctorates and masters in degrees in Law, Psychology, Chemistry, Political Science and Mathematics).[2][3], was a self-made multi-millionaire [4] with a high tech firm called Cyberwear and was a Gold-medal winning Olympic decathelete. Engineering is the design, analysis, and/or construction of works for practical purposes. ... Physics (Greek: (phúsis), nature and (phusiké), knowledge of nature) is the science concerned with the discovery and understanding of the fundamental laws which govern matter, energy, space, and time and explaining them using mathematics. ... Lady Justice is a personification of the law. ... Psychology is an academic and applied discipline involving the scientific study of mental processes and behavior. ... Chemistry (from Persian language کیمیا Kimia and Greek χημεία khēmeía[1] meaning alchemy) is the science of matter at the atomic to molecular scale, dealing primarily with collections of atoms, such as gases, molecules, crystals, and metals. ... Political science is the field of the social sciences concerning the theory and practice of politics and the description and analysis of political systems and political behavior. ... Euclid, Greek mathematician, 3rd century BC, as imagined by by Raphael in this detail from The School of Athens. ... Gold Medal is an album by American band The Donnas, released in 2004. ... The five Olympic rings were designed in 1913, adopted in 1914 and debuted at the Games at Antwerp, 1920. ... // The Decathlon Day 1: 100 m long jump shot put High Jump 400 m Day 2: 110m hurdles discus throw pole vault javelin throw 1500 m Decathlon sprouted from the ancient game pentathlon. ...


The accidental deaths of his wife and unborn child were a devasting blow to Holt and while contemplating suicide, he was met by the Spectre, who told him about Terry Sloane, the Golden Age superhero known as Mister Terrific. Inspired by Sloane's life story he took the name Mister Terrific and later joined the current Justice Society of America, eventually serving as its chairman. Suicide (from Latin sui caedere, to kill oneself) is the willful act of killing oneself. ... The Spectre is a fictional cosmic entity and superhero who has appeared in numerous comic books published by DC Comics. ... Terry Sloane is a fictional character in the DC Universe. ... The Justice Society of America, or JSA, is a DC Comics superhero group, the first team of superheroes in comic book history. ...


He initially wore ordinary clothes and a leather jacket with Sloane's "Fair Play" emblem on the back. He currently wears a T-shaped mask composed of electronic nanites, a black and white costume with red trim, and a collarless jacket in the same colors (the black sections of tunic and jacket forming a "T") with "Fair Play" written on the sleeves and "Terrific" on the back. A nanobot is a nanotechnological robot nanomachine, also called a nanite, which is a mechanical or electromechanical device whose dimensions are measured in nanometres (millionths of a millimetre, or units of 10-9 metrer). ...


For a time he acted as spokesperson for Tylerco and consulted that company on industrial espionage and security matters in exchange for that company helping fund a youth center Terrific had started.[5] Hourman (spelled Hour-Man in his earliest appearances) is the name of three different fictional DC Comics superheroes the first of whom was created by Ken Fitch and Bernard Bailey in Adventure Comics #48 (April 1940), during the Golden Age of Comic Books. ... Industrial espionage and corporate espionage are phrases used to describe espionage conducted for commercial purposes instead of national security purposes. ...


Holt has a friendly rivalry with Batman, his opposite number in the Justice League of America. Also, Michael Holt has encountered Terry Sloane twice through time travel, with Sloane expressing pride in having so worthy a successor. Holt has been noted as the most intelligent member of the JSA in its history, surpassing his predecessor. He describes himself as the third smartest person in the world (presumably after Batman and Lex Luthor),[6] and this notion now appears to be an accepted truth within the DC Universe.[7] Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man and still referred to at times as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ... The Justice League, sometimes called the Justice League of America or JLA for short, is a fictional DC Universe superhero team. ... Time travel is a concept that has long fascinated humanity—whether it is Merlin experiencing time backwards, or religious traditions like Mohammeds trip to Jerusalem and ascent to heaven, returning before a glass knocked over had spilt its contents. ... Lex Luthor is a fictional DC Comics supervillain. ...


Justice Society of America chairmanship

Mister Terrific on the cover of JSA All-Stars #7
Mister Terrific on the cover of JSA All-Stars #7

During a conflict over leadership of the Justice Society between former chairman Hawkman and then-current chairman Sand, Terrific was elected as the JSA's new chairman by his teammates, despite not actively seeking the office.[8] He served in this capacity until the team disbanded following the Infinite Crisis. Image File history File linksMetadata MrTerrificHolt1. ... Image File history File linksMetadata MrTerrificHolt1. ... For other meanings of the term, see Hawkman (disambiguation) Hawkman is a fictional DC Comics superhero. ... Sanderson Sandy Hawkins, formerly known as Sandy the Golden Boy, now known as Sand, is a fictional character, superhero in the DC Comics universe created by Mort Weisinger and Paul Norris. ... Infinite Crisis was a seven-issue comic book limited series published by DC Comics. ...


Mr. Terrific currently remains a member of the reformed Justice Society of America and has resumed his chairmanship from the last incarnation of the team.[9]


Infinite Crisis

Mr. Terrific was part of the team assembled by Batman for an attack on the Brother Eye satellite responsible for controlling the OMACs. He played a critical role as his invisibility to technology allowed him to reach the satellite's propulsion system, sending it crashing to Earth. On this meeting he met and befriended another African American superhero - Black Lightning. Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man and still referred to at times as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ... OMACs are an organization of powerful cyborgs that exist in the DC Universe. ... Black Lightning (Jefferson Pierce) is a fictional superhero, DC Comics first African American hero to star in his own title. ...


One Year Later

As part of "One Year Later", though Holt is still a member of the JSA, he has also become part of the United Nations Security Council's intelligence agency Checkmate. He initially held the position of White King's Bishop, but when the previous White King (Alan Scott) was forced to resign, he became Checkmate's new White King, complicating his relationship with Sasha Bordeaux, Checkmate's Black Queen. Mr. Terrific has also established an ill-defined mentorship with the latest Firestorm, Jason Rusch, over the missing year. The specifics of their meeting are yet to be documented. One Year Later event logo. ... The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is the organ of the United Nations charged with maintaining peace and security among nations. ... Checkmate is a covert operations agency within the DC Comics universe. ... Sasha Bordeaux is a comicbook character in the DC Universe, who was at first primarily associated with Batman, and has subsequently evolved an association with Checkmate in two of its incarnations. ... A firestorm in Hamburg (Germany) during WWII A firestorm is the mass movement of air resulting from fire, creating a fire of extreme intensity over a wide area. ... Jason Rusch is a fictional hero from the DC Comics Universe and is the third person to take the mantle of Firestorm. ...


After Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman began discussing the reformation of the Justice League, in regards to Mr. Terrific as a potential member, Batman said, "I think we can get him." Wonder Woman reminded Batman of Terrific's position of leadership in the JSA, but Batman insisted, "That doesn't matter, we can get him." This article is about the character. ... Wonder Woman is a fictional DC Comics superheroine co-created by William Moulton Marston and wife Elizabeth Holloway Marston. ...


Skills, powers & equipment

Mr. Terrific displays his fighting skills, while using a holographic image to fool his opponent
Mr. Terrific displays his fighting skills, while using a holographic image to fool his opponent
  • Holt is described as having "a natural aptitude for having natural aptitudes"; picking up complicated skills quickly and retaining them, such as performing emergency surgery on teammate Alan Scott after reading about the procedure in a medical text book. As Holt himself put it, "everyone has a talent...Mine is learning."[10][11]
  • Holt is the third smartest man on Earth (presumably after Batman and Lex Luthor).[12]
  • The current Mister Terrific is aided by his "T-Spheres", floating robotic spheres which can do many things, including project holographic images[13], create laser grids[14], serve as cameras, link with outside data networks, allow him to fly by bearing his weight[15], self-destruct[16], generate powerful electric charges[17] and strike as flying, projectile weapons[18]. They respond to his mental and vocal commands.
  • He is invisible to all forms of electronic detection. This ability is tied to nanotechnology woven into his specially designed "T-Mask" (which is molecularly bonded to his face and can disappear at will) and costume. Mr. Terrific was apparently the only super-hero whom the OMACs could not detect. His mask also protects his face from chemicals[19] and relays mental commands to his T-Spheres by detecting the subtle movements on his face. The mask works in conjuction with an earpiece to acts as a communications system. Through his mask, Holt can change instanteously into costume and back again.[20]
  • He is a black belt in 6 different martial arts disciplines and an Olympic Gold Medalist in the decathlon.[21][22]
  • Holt is also a polymath who has specialized in multiple fields of medicine, engineering and science. He possesses 14 Ph.D's (two of which are in engineering and physics).[23]
  • Along with teammate and friend Dr. Mid-Nite, Mister Terrific is one of the two main superheroes with medical training in the DC Universe. Although it is not known if he has an M.D., he did participate in the autopsy of Sue Dibny in Identity Crisis.[24]
  • Holt's mask also doubles as a encephalic broadcaster, picking up aggregate thought-waves, allowing him to communicate with his T-Spheres and even project a speaking hologram of himself, even if he is injured or too weak to speak.[25]
  • Holt is also multilingual, though the extent of this hasn't been revealed. He has been shown to speak the language of the fictional nation of Kahndaq. Given Holt's prepensity for learning, it likely that he speaks several other languages as well..[26]

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Religious beliefs

Terrific and Ragman discuss the theology of the DCU in Infinite Crisis # 5.
Terrific and Ragman discuss the theology of the DCU in Infinite Crisis # 5.

Terrific is one of the DC Universe's - and arguably comicdom's - most prominent atheists. This has spurred much debate about the plausibility of a character being a non-believer in a universe that includes magic, an afterlife and mythological beings like Circe and Zeus.[1] Image File history File links Terrific-atheist. ... Image File history File links Terrific-atheist. ... Infinite Crisis was a seven-issue comic book limited series published by DC Comics. ... DC Comics is one of the largest American companies in comic book and related media publishing. ... For information about the band, see Atheist (band). ... Image:Circe - Edward Burne-Jones - Project Gutenberg eText 13725. ... The Statue of Zeus at Olympia Phidias created the 12-m (40-ft) tall statue of Zeus at Olympia about 435 BC. The statue was perhaps the most famous sculpture in Ancient Greece, imagined here in a 16th century engraving Zeus (in Greek: nominative: Zeús, genitive: Díos), is...


While being held captive by Onimar Synn on an adventure with the Justice Society on Thanagar, Holt first expressed his disbelief in souls and his uncomfortabilty with the notion of reincarnation after witnessing the return of teammate Hawkman. Holt states, "when my wife, Paula, was killed in a car accident... she was gone. I didn't feel her 'soul' around me. Didn't feel anything."[27] Onimar Synn is a DC Comics supervillain. ... Thanagar is a fictional planet in the DC Comics universe. ... For other meanings of the term, see Hawkman (disambiguation) Hawkman is a fictional DC Comics superhero. ...


After a near-death experience where he sees his wife, Holt's beliefs are shaken and he agrees to attend a church service with teammate Dr. Mid-Nite.[28][2] Ascent in the Empyrean (Hieronymous Bosch) A near-death experience (NDE) is a type of experience reported by a person who nearly died, or who experienced clinical death and then revived. ...


But this attempt to find religion apparently wasn't satisfying, as Holt is also seen getting into a theological discussion with Ragman during the Infinite Crisis, Ragman being Jewish and Mr. Terrific describing himself as an atheist. When asked if he had faith in anything, Terrific answered, "Sure I do. I've got faith in my team."[29] Ragman is a fictional mystic vigilante and superhero who first appeared in the short-lived series named after him. ... Judaism is the religion of the Jewish people. ... For information about the band, see Atheist (band). ...


Terrific, though well aware and having witnessed much of the mystical nature of the DC Universe firsthand, cites scientific and rational explanations for all of them. He described souls as "a unique energy that could quantify as a telepathic discharge upon death."


Many fans point to numerous incidents where the readers have seen the afterlife or where characters have visited realms resembling Heaven or Hell and interacted with deceased characters, such as Green Arrow, that have returned to life from such places. Heaven is a concept found in many religions or spiritual philosophies, typically described as the Holiest place, accessible according to standards of divinity (goodness, etc. ... Medieval illustration of Hell in the Hortus deliciarum manuscript of Herrad of Landsberg (about 1180) A hell, according to many religious beliefs, is an afterlife of suffering where the wicked or unrighteous dead are punished. ... Green Arrow is a fictional character, a DC Comics superhero. ...


One blogger who supported the possibility of rational atheism in a universe like the DCU asks, "I don't think [Terrific] is in any way denying the reality and power of characters like the Spectre. Nor is he denying their metaphysical origins. What he's denying - what any atheist denies - is that some intelligent guiding persona created the universe with some unknowable purpose in mind. And in the DCU, where we can visit the anti-matter world of Qward, hold parley with the superintelligent primates of Africa's Gorilla City, and then travel to the 31st century to the galaxy-spanning utopia of the Legion of Super-Heroes... I'm just not seeing One Single God's Divine Plan in that. Neither does Mr. Terrific. "[3]


Trivia

  • Holt enjoys Sudoku, and is so skilled at it, he fills the puzzles in with pen, instead of pencil.
  • Holt is a self-made multimillionaire. Before becoming a super hero, he founded a company called Cyberwear. He has since sold that company to Waynetech, a company owned by Bruce Wayne.[30]

A sudoku puzzle. ... Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man and still referred to at times as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ...

In other media

Michael Holt makes several cameo appearances in the animated TV series Justice League Unlimited. He moves into a more prominent role in the series' final season, becoming the League's Coordinator and responsible for assigning tasks to the various heroes after J'onn J'onzz resigns from active duty. The animated Mr. Terrific is voiced by Michael Beach. Martin Scorsese appears briefly in an uncredited role in this scene from his feature film Taxi Driver. ... Justice League Unlimited (or JLU) was an American animated television series produced by and aired on Cartoon Network. ... Martian Manhunter (Jonn Jonzz), alternately known as the Manhunter from Mars, is a comic book superhero who appears in DC Comics. ... Michael Beach (born October 30, 1962) is an African-American actor of Cape Verdean descent. ...


References

  1. ^ JSA #13, pg.1
  2. ^ JSA # 28, pg. 11
  3. ^ JSA #53, pg. 8
  4. ^ JSA #13, pg.1
  5. ^ JSA #5, pg.6
  6. ^ Infinite Crisis # 5, pg. 1
  7. ^ Justice Society of America (vol. 3) # 2, pg. 3
  8. ^ JSA #27, pg.17-18
  9. ^ 52 #39, pg. 22, Backup Origin
  10. ^ JSA # 17, pg. 1
  11. ^ JSA # 53, pg. 8
  12. ^ Infinite Crisis # 5, pg. 1
  13. ^ JSA All-Stars # 7, pg.4
  14. ^ JSA # 61, pg.6
  15. ^ JSA # 78, pg.3
  16. ^ JSA # 41, pg.19
  17. ^ JSA # 31, pg.16
  18. ^ JSA # 71, pg.4
  19. ^ JSA All-Stars # 7, pg.6
  20. ^ JSA # 84, pg. 8
  21. ^ JSA # 12, pg.6
  22. ^ JSA # 28, pg.11
  23. ^ JSA # 28, pg. 11
  24. ^ JSA # 67, pg.2-6
  25. ^ JSA # 49, pg. 5-6
  26. ^ Hawkman vol. 3 # 24, pg. 10
  27. ^ JSA # 26, pg. 8-9
  28. ^ JSA # 62, pg. 17-21
  29. ^ Infinite Crisis # 5, pg. 1
  30. ^ JSA # 28, pg.11

External links

  • DCComics.com's Origin of Mister Terrific
  • DCDP: Mister Terrific (Michael Holt)

 
 

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