Dan 'Terrible' Turpin
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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.
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".
Adventures of Superman (1987)
First Appearance: Detective Comics (1937) #64
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Action Comics (1938)
America at War: The Best of DC War Comics (1979)
HC Boy Commandos (1942)
- 'Time and the Batman'TPB
- 'Time And The Batman'#702
- 'Part Two: Batman's Last Case'
Boy Commandos (1973)
DC 100-Page Super Spectacular (1971)
DC Universe Special: Reign in Hell (2008)
#1 Detective Comics (1937)
- 'The Blaze/Satanus War'
#64 Final Crisis (2008)
- 'The Joker Walks The Last Mile'#65
- 'The Cop Who Hated The Batman'#66
- 'The Crimes Of Two-Face!'#69
- 'The Harlequin's Hoax!'#76
- 'Slay 'Em With Flowers'#77
- 'Crime Clinic'#82
- 'Quarterback of Crime'#83
- 'The Triumph of Cholly the Chimp'
Final Crisis (2009)
#1 Final Crisis Companion (2009)
- 'Final Crisis'#4
- 'Final Crisis'#7
- 'Final Crisis'
TPB Final Crisis Sketchbook (2008)
- 'Final Crisis Companion'
Final Night (1996)
Giant Batman Album (1962)
Guardians of Metropolis (1994)
#2 Harley Quinn (2000)
- 'Donovan's Circus!'#3
- 'All This And World War II !'
#14 History of the DC Universe (1986)
- 'Welcome To Metropolis'#16
- 'Both Sides Now'#18
- 'The Bride of Bizarro!'
Justice League: A Midsummer's Nightmare (1996)
Legion of Super-Heroes (1989)
Metropolis S.C.U. (1994)
#1 Orion (2000)
- 'Sawyer's Blues'#2
- 'Cop Out!'#3
- 'Ark Enemy'#4
- 'Black Plague!'
#1 Showcase '95 (1995)
- 'O Beautiful For Spacious Skies...'#2
- '...For Amber Waves of Grain!'
#4 Showcase '96 (1996)
- 'Catwoman - Green Arrow - Thorn'#5
- 'Spoiler - Firehawk - Thorn'
#1 Superboy (1994)
- 'Steel & Guy Gardner: Warrior - Aqualad - Metropolis S.C.U.'
#20 Superman (1987)
- 'The Hunt!'#23
- 'The Limits of Power'#24
- 'Like Damocles' Sword'#25
- 'Whom the Gods Would Destroy!'#98
- 'Dinner With Fiends!'
Annual 02 Superman (1993)
- 'The Cadmus Project'#7
- 'The Super Menace of Metropolis'#17
- 'Cries in the Night'#26
- '...It's Just a Shot Away!'#26 (WIth UPC)
- '...It's Just a Shot Away!'#49#84
- 'Dark Retribution'#116
- 'Sacrifice For a Superman'#132
- 'Double Play'#170
- 'Bad Dog!: A Tale of Krypto the Superdog'#191
- 'The American Way'
(02) Superman (1996)
- 'Eine Welt ohne Superman Teil 1'
#8#14 Superman & Savage Dragon: Metropolis (1999)
- 'Wo ist Superman?'#15
- 'Big Fun!'#17
- 'Apokolips Rache'#19
- 'Der Spass geht zu weit!'#20
- 'Gespaltene Persönlichkeit'#21 (Variant-Cover-Edition)
- 'Gespaltene Persönlichkeit'#22#23
- 'Tornados über Smallville!'#35
- 'Monster auf der Flucht!'#39
- 'Die Zuflucht'#41
- 'Heiss & Kalt'#45
- 'Die Flitterwochen sind vorbei'#46
- 'Wandelnde Leichen'
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)
#4 Superman/Gen13 (2000)
- 'The World's Mightiest Mortals!'#8
- 'True Grit'#12
- 'Need to Know'
#3 Supermen of America (2000)
- 'You Bet Your S I'm Angry!!!'
#3 Teen Titans (1996)
- 'A Piece of the Action'#4
- 'Up, Up, and Away...'#5
- 'The Unimaginable Happens'#6
- 'To the Max!'
#17 The Brave and the Bold (2007)
- 'New Life'#21
- 'Part 1: the Lesson'
The Brave and the Bold 80 pg. Giant Annual (2001)
The Death and Return of Superman Omnibus (2007)
The New Gods (1971)
#5 The Superman/Madman: Hullabaloo (1997)
- 'The Death Wish of Terrible Turpin'#9
- 'The Bug'
TPB Villains United (2005)
- 'The Superman/Madman Hullabaloo!'#2
- 'Hot Dang! Yin Yang!'
Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe (1985)
#3 World's Finest Comics (1941)
- 'Black Lightning to Byth'
Metropolis Special Crimes Unit (DC)
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