Dan 'Terrible' Turpin (DC Animated Universe)
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Dan Turpin is a recurring character throughout the series, as the head of the Special Crimes Unit. He appears often in the early part of the series. At first highly critical of Superman, he becomes more appreciative of him after he and Superman save each other's lives from Intergang.
He is later killed by Darkseid. When fighting Darkseid, Superman dedicates one of the blows that brings down Darkseid to Turpin, who retorts " Had I known one human's death would pain you so, I would have killed more ". Following Darkseid's defeat, Turpin receives a hero's funeral, complete with a tombstone with the epithet "World's Greatest Hero." Superman watches the funeral at a distance and delivers the words "In the end, the world didn't need a Superman...just a brave one."
This version of Turpin is physically based on his creator, Jack Kirby.
During the funerary service, a rabbi reciting a Kaddish is seen. This is in reference to the fact that Kirby was Jewish. Out of respect for the legacy of Kirby, the character's creator, producer Bruce Timm found a genuine religious leader for the voiceover, the cantor of a large Conservative temple in LA. He also modeled the cemetery after the real-life one where Jack Kirby is buried. Among the attendees of the fictional funeral in the original TV airing were some of Kirby's Marvel comics creations, such as the Fantastic Four and Nick Fury (these were edited from the DVD release to avoid infringement issues with Marvel). The episode ends with a dedication to Kirby with the afterword "Long Live the King."
First Appearance: None listed.
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Batman & Superman Adventures (1997)
DC Comics Presents: Superman Adventures (2012)
Superman Adventures (1996)
- 'All Creatures Great and Small,Part 2'#20
- 'Hide 'n' Seek'#22
- 'War Games Part 1'
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