The superhero alter-ego of Stanley Beamish (Stephen Strimpell) a “weak and droopy daffodil” of a gas station attendant who moonlighted as the caped-crime fighter MR. TERRIFIC/CBS/1967.
Stanley was recruited by Barton J. Reed (John McGiver) from the Washington, DC based Bureau of Special Projects to test a “Power Pill.”
The pill made the “strongest men ill” but transforms Stanley Beamish into Mr. Terrific, a powerful flying superhero who was impervious to harm.
“A scientist, both wise and bold, set out to cure the common cold. Instead he found this power pill, which, he said, most certainly will turn a lamb into a lion. Like an eagle he’ll be flyin’. Solid steel will be like putty. It will work on anybody. But then ’twas found this potent pill made the strongest men quite ill, so the secret search began to find the one and only man. What they found made them squeamish, for only Stanley Beamish, a weak and droopy daffodil, could take the special power pill that sent him soaring through the skies fighting foes and fighting spies. When he took the pill specific, it made him the most prolific… terrific… Mr. Terrific!”
Donning a baggy costume with goggles, cape, and a scarf, Stanley battled crime for the government in between pumping gas for the citizenry of Washington, D.C.
Each Power Pill gave Stanley super powers that lasted for one hour. But if needed, Stanley could swallow two more pills and boost his powers for a total of an additional 40 minutes. But after that Stanley returned to normal and sometimes at the most inopportune situations.
To make the foul-tasting Power Pill more appetizing, it was candy coated. For safety, Stanley is limited to consuming a maximum of three pills per day.
The Power Pill (whose formula is top secret) was the by-product of an experiment supervised by Dr. Reynolds (Ned Glass), a government scientist who sought to find a cure for the common cold.
Note: Actor Alan Young (0f MISTER ED fame) starred in the unaired pilot for the MR. TERRIFIC series.
In January, 1942 Sensation Comics No.1 debuted with the crime fighter/superhero “Mr. Terrific” (alias Terry Sloane). The words “Fair Play” were written on the front of his costume. A similar silly superhero appeared on the comedy CAPTAIN NICE/NBC/1967.
See also -“Mr. Terrifc’s Transformation” @ You Tube