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Dan 'Terrible' Turpin

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Bio:
During World War II, a young Turpin is a member of the Boy Commandos under Rip Carter.

Though most of his life in comics was spent as the original "token American" in the Boy Commandos, he would have a presence in the modern age, as well. He grew up to become a high ranking officer in the Metropolis Special Crimes Unit. As such he was one of the few "second-tier" characters to have a presence in both Detective and Action.

Some time after the war, the young Turpin moves to the Suicide Slums in Metropolis. Here, he grows up and becomes a police officer. Turpin is one of the initial people in Metropolis to encounter the New Gods. He even fights Kalibak, defeating him by using a generator that channels all of the power in Metropolis.

Later, Turpin is offered a position in the Metropolis Special Crimes Unit alongside Maggie Sawyer and accepts. Dan Turpin is sent to Hawaii to investigate whether or not they needed a Special Crimes Unit of their own. While initially skeptical, a visit from the violent Darkseid faction, the Female Furies convinces Dan that the islands need an SCU. He becomes the head of the unit after Sawyer leaves for Gotham. His romantic feelings for her fall apart when he learns she is a lesbian.

He has spent a long time fighting threats in Metropolis; such as the rampaging group of mutants called the 'Underworlders'.

At the outset of the Final Crisis, Dan Turpin, now a private investigator, is on the trial of six missing children. After a meeting with Renee Montoya, he follows a lead to a nightclub in New York City called the Dark Side Club. Here, Dan seeks an audience with Boss Dark Side and is possessed by him.

Turpin continues following the lead after this, to the Mad Hatter, who admits he helped build mind control devices for someone. Turpin savagely beats the Hatter with a toilet seat, commenting that he enjoys the violence. This is the first sign that Turpin isn't well after his encounter with Boss Dark Side.

The Hatter tells Turpin to go to the ruined city of Bludhaven. Turpin goes there, and meets up with a televengelist named G. Godfrey Goode, and is lead into the bunker Command D to the so called Evil Factory. Here, the Evil Gods go about making Turpin a vessel for their leader, Darkseid. After trying to fight Darkseid, Turpin submits to Darkseid. Turpin is left wounded but alive after Batman shoots him with a radion bullet in the shoulder- a non-lethal wound for a human, but fatal to the Evil God possessing him.

Notes:
Throughout most of his career as a Boy Commando, he was invariably known as, simply, "Brooklyn". It took a while for him to get a full name. When he returned in original stories as a middle-aged adult, he went variously by the nickname "Terrible" or, more usually, by his real last name. Turpin has a daughter named Maisie.

Amazingly, this character also appeared in other media, having a fairly healthy role in Bruce Timm's Superman animated series. He was typically used as the "police liaison", when the story warranted their inclusion. His most notable appearance might have been in the 3-part depiction of Batman and Superman's first meeting, "World's Finest".

First Appearance: Detective Comics (1937) #64

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Issue Appearances:
Action Comics (1938)

Adventures of Superman (1987)
America at War: The Best of DC War Comics (1979)
Batman (1940)
Boy Commandos (1942)
Boy Commandos (1973)
DC 100-Page Super Spectacular (1971)
DC Universe Special: Reign in Hell (2008)
Detective Comics (1937)
Final Crisis (2008)
Final Crisis (2009)
Final Crisis Companion (2009)
Final Crisis Sketchbook (2008)
Final Night (1996)
Giant Batman Album (1962)
Guardians of Metropolis (1994)
Harley Quinn (2000)
History of the DC Universe (1986)
Justice League: A Midsummer's Nightmare (1996)
Legion of Super-Heroes (1989)
Metropolis S.C.U. (1994)
Orion (2000)
Showcase '95 (1995)
Showcase '96 (1996)
Superboy (1994)
Superman (1987)
Superman (1993)
Superman (1996)
Superman & Savage Dragon: Metropolis (1999)
Superman Forever (1998)
Superman Metropolis Secret Files (2000)
Superman: Save the Planet (1998)
Superman: Secret Files (1998)
Superman: The Man of Steel (1991)
Superman: The Man of Tomorrow (1995)
Superman/Gen13 (2000)
Supermen of America (2000)
Teen Titans (1996)
The Brave and the Bold (2007)
The Brave and the Bold 80 pg. Giant Annual (2001)
The Death and Return of Superman Omnibus (2007)
The New Gods (1971)
The Superman/Madman: Hullabaloo (1997)
Villains United (2005)
Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe (1985)
World's Finest Comics (1941)

Group Affiliation(s):
Boy Commandos
Metropolis Special Crimes Unit (DC)

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