36 years ago - Michael Holt is born.
30 years ago - 6-year-old Michael finishes reading the combined work of Bohr, Einstein, Plank & Feynman.
22 years ago - 14-year-old Michael earns his first Phd.
18 years ago - 18-year-old Michael discovers J'onn J'onzz's identity & begins working with Martian technology.
17 years ago - 19-year-old Michael first meets Paula.
16 years ago - 20-year-old Michael develops the technology used by the newly formed Justice League, consults with Iron Monro on the construction of their satellite, and forms his company Cyberwear Tech.
15 years ago - 21-year-old Michael marries Paula.
12 years ago - 24-year-old Michael sells Cyberwear Tech to Waynetech, and wins the olympic gold metal for the triathlon.
11 years ago - 25-year-old Michael gains limited access to Thanagarian Tech when Hawkman & Hawkwoman return from Ragnarok.
10 years ago - 26-year-old Michael begins to contemplate suicide when Paula is killed by a drunk driver.
9 years ago - 27-year-old Michael conceives of the new Justice Society when the Justice League collapses. he first uses his longtime nickname as a superhero identity, becoming Mister Terrific.
6 years ago - 30-year-old Michael steps down as Justice Society chairman, instead focusing on his role as technologist & strategist.
Only two modern reinterpretations of Golden Age heroes can really be said to have surpassed their predecessors. Doctor Mid-nite is one, although just barely... the modern character just seems to execute the concept better. Mister Terrific, however... while the the original character is barely a footnote in the history of Golden Age comics, Michael Holt is far and away one of the most impressive pieces of character design within the past several decades. Created by John Ostrander and Tom Mandrake, he's a brilliant execution of the scientist superhero, using applied scientific brilliance to solve his problems like a modern day Doc Savage. This combined with a strikingly unique design makes him an absolutely outstanding character.
This actually presented us with a bit of a problem, because we wanted to stay true to the functional elements of his story, but a character this fantastic deserved to be at the absolute forefront of DC's story. How do we find a way to tell that story but still push him to the heights that he deserves to reach?
The answer came from a rather obscure angle; the creation of the modern day Justice Society. Rather than have it be the result of a specific crisis, we instead made it the creation of Michael himself to fill a void left by the downfall of the Satellite Era Justice League.
We extended his early career, making him an early ally of the Martian Manhunter and giving him access to martian technology, making him the lead scientist responsible for creating the Justice League Satellite and all it's tech. His origins remain the same, with the death of his wife driving him to contemplate suicide, but now there is a new catalyst that inspires him to create his superhero identity. When the League collapses, he perceives the need for a new team to protect the world. A student of history, he brings back the World War 2 team that the Justice League emulated, creating a new Justice Society. Even as the Society changes over the years, they never come apart at the seams like so many other super teams, and that's largely because of the brilliance of the man behind it.
Michael was one of the characters to receive his own series at the beginning of the new 52, and while they inexplicably removed his trademark coat, breaking up his absolutely flawless design, the series actually had quite a bit to enjoy. It did a great job of using high concept science as Michael's weapon. He read like a blend of James Bond, Shaft and Doctor Who, and the resulting stories were very cool. Also, we got to watch the growing romance between him and Power Girl, a twosome that works so well it demands a series all it's own. They're both heads of tech companies, they are co-leaders of the Justice Society, they are smart, capable, sexy, and a fantastic mix of brains and brawn superpowers that leap right off the page. Mister Terrific is a character we could always use more of.