Tuesday, January 29, 2008

From the Dust Bin: The Terrific Whatzit

Created by Martin Nodell, Merton McSnurtle first appeared in National/DC Comics Funny Stuff #1 (Summer 1944). McSnurtle became the hero, the Terrific Whatzit, with super-speed, super-strength, and he could also fly. Merton earned his name from the fact that he removed his shell when in costume, so no one could tell what he was—which made it extremely easy to keep his identity secret. The Terrific Whatzit is retired now, but his nephew carries on the fight against crime as Fastback, member in good standing of Captain Carrot's Amazing Zoo Crew.

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