Superman has a huge rogue's gallery of adversaries, including an evil scientist (Luthor), and an evil computer (Brainiac), but in Superman #249 he got a NEW villain: An evil gunslinger from the old west -- a man of Earth... Terra Man!
TM was never considered to be one of
Superman's best villains, but he did
have one thing going for him: An origin
story pencilled by Dick Dillin and
inked by the one and only Neal
In this issue of DIAL B, we present that tale in it's entirety. Reader, if you never liked Terra Man -- you're not alone. Surprisingly, TM's own co-creator, writer Cary Bates, pictured left, wasn't that big a fan of the character either! (By the way, while we're on the subject, Bates is one of my favorite writers, and I think he's vastly underrated).
Anyway, Bates once admitted, "I
always enjoy trying to pull off genre
mash-ups. In retrospect I thought
the Superman villain Terra Man that Julie
and I created never quite worked on all
Ole! Here's the book's
cover, also by Adams, followed by the
A page from the issue's lead story, where Superman fights Terra Man (and his winged horse, Nova) for the first time...
Terra Man returned
several times, notably for a cover
appearaance in Action #557 (below),
by Eduardo Baretto.