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ISSUE NO. 856

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XMeet Terra Man!

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 Adams!
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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 cylinders."

Ole! Here's the book's cover, also by Adams, followed by the origin story...
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A page from the issue's lead story, where Superman fights Terra Man (and his winged horse, Nova) for the first time...
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Terra Man returned several times, notably for a cover appearaance in Action #557 (below), by Eduardo Baretto.
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BELOW: Terra Man's page from DC Who's Who.
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