Mister Terrific (Character)

Mr. Terrific
Mr. Terrific

Publisher: DC Comics

Created by: John Ostrander and Tom Mandrake

1st appearance: Spectre (vol. 3) # 54,  1997

Real Name: Michael Holt

Team Affiliations: JSA – Justice Society of America, Checkmate

Legal Status: U.S citizen with no criminal record

Height: 6’2              Weight: 215 lbs

Eyes: Brown                   Hair: Black

Relatives: Paula Holt (wife, deceased), unnamed child (deceased), Jeffrey Holt (brother, deceased)

Skills and Abilities: Genius level IQ; Collage graduate, 14 PH.D’s and assorted doctorates and masters degrees; Olympic level decathlete. Michael also has a black belt in six major martial arts disciplines [JSA #12].

Powers:  Nanotechnology in his mask and costume grant a variety of sensory, communication and database retrieval functions and immunity to technological detection.

T-Spheres that function as computers, holographic projection units, projectile weapons etc.


Born to Mr. and Mrs Holt after his brother Jeffrey who had a mental disability while also being sickly and weak [52 #39]. Michael Holt proved to be a prodigious mind almost immediately after birth. By age six he had assimilated the works of Bohr, Einstein, Planck and Feynman; the pantheon of theoretical physicists [JSA #13]. While other children struggled through sesame street he learned that time and space are merely a series of shifting coordinates in a grander continuum and they are relative to the observer [JSA #13]. By the time he was a teenager his older brother died [52 #39]  but he went on to gain 14 Ph.D’s; two in engineering and physics—including doctorates and masters degrees in law, psychology, chemistry, political science, and mathematics among others [JSA #28 & JSA #53]. After this he made his own company ‘Cyberwear’ [JSA #28] which made him a self-made millionaire many times over [JSA #13]. He eventually sold the company to WayneTech and retired from the corporate world [JSA #28]. At some undisclosed point in time he also became an Olympic decathlon gold medal winner [JSA #28].

Mister Terrific Origin
Origin of Mister Terrific from DCCOMICS.COM

After marrying the love of his life he devoted everything to her and their unborn child. Both lost their lives in a tragic accident which left him on the verge of suicide. Visited by the Specter he was inspired by the golden age Mr. Terrific/Terry Sloan and decided to take up the mantle [Spectre v3. #54, 1997]. While working for Tylerco in exchange for them funding a youth center he founded he met the JSA [JSA #5].

JSA and Checkmate

As Mister Terrific he joined the JSA when they battled Cobra. He was instrumental in defeating them and ending their latest threat [JSA #11-12]. He rose to the rank of chairman of the team [JSA #27] and is regarded as the third smartest man on earth [Infinite Crisis #5]. When the team was restructured he kept his seat as chairman [JSA 52 #39]. During ‘Infinite Crisis’ he met Black Lightning and was instrumental in defeating brother eye due to his invisibility to technology [Infinite Crisis #6].

During ‘One year Later’ he joined Checkmate and rose to a leadership position and had to abdicate his chairman seat in the JSA to Power Girl [Justice Society of America v3. #4]. When ‘Final Crisis’ occurs he is forced to activate new OMACs to protect the last survivors of the human race when Darkseid uses the anti-life equation [Final Crisis #1-7]. when the earth is restored he is fatally wounded while in his lab [Justice Society of America v3. #29]. Dr. Midnight tries to save his life [Justice Society of America v3. #30] but he later dies [Justice Society of America v3. #31]. Alan Scott/Green Lantern working swiftly uses his powers to slow down time around Michael before he can experience ‘brain death’ in hopes that they can heal his body [Justice Society of America v3. #32]. Dr. Fate eventually manages to heal his body and his life is saved [Justice Society of America v3. #33]
though he is wheelchair bound for awhile  [Justice Society of America v3. #34].

DC Comics New 52

After the reboot his origin still included the death of his wife and unborn child but he became a solo superhero operating out of Los Angeles while also being a billionaire operating his own company. Here he dated and fell in love with Karen Star who was secretly the Supergirl of Earth-2. After discovering that Star had created a Quantum Tunnel he traveled through it witnessing glimpses of his past and future. Over the course of his adventures he was stranded on Earth-2 and later brainwashed before being rescued by the world army.


I'm a Caribbean born Lecturer, Multidisciplinary specialist/Androgogue/Philosophical Pedagogue; with backgrounds in Philosophy, Social Studies and Geography; founder/CEO of World of Black Heroes, freelance writer and all around comic book geek. I enjoy a good book, video games, movies and most of all fatherhood. Written credits include work for Islandstage.net where my writing inspired the music compiliation "Kindah" available in multiple languages on Itunes, The Caribbean Journal of Education, The University of the west indies, Comicvine, Independent comics etc.

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