"The TV Show That Menaced Metropolis!": Woody Nescott has had to live in one room for all his life due to a strange blood disease, but his path crosses Superman's when he produces white cells that grow to giant size and begin devouring things.
- I swear, dad -- that as long as I live, nobody will ever have to live with the kind of fear you knew -- or face that humiliation. I tried to be a target for you, dad -- and failed. I swear I'll never fail again.
Appearing in "The TV Show That Menaced Metropolis!"
- Woodrow Nescott
- Mac Nelson (Only appearance; dies)
- Dan Marz
- Herbert Nescott
- Kerry Nescott
Synopsis for "The TV Show That Menaced Metropolis!"
Woody Nescott has had to live in one room for all his life due to a strange blood disease, but his path crosses Superman's when he produces white cells that grow to giant size and begin devouring things.
Appearing in "The Shadows-of-Yesterday Contract"
- Hyram Walsh
- Beacon Hill
- '37 Cord Automobile
Synopsis for "The Shadows-of-Yesterday Contract"
Christopher Chance takes on Hyram Walsh as his client, a man who is being pursued by a ruthless killer with ties to Chance's past. The assassin is the same man who killed his father. He takes on the case for nothing because the man can't pay, and reflects on his origins.
Many years ago, when Christopher was a young child, his father Philip Chance struggled to provide for his family. In his desperation, he took out a loan from local gangster Amos Sharkey to invest in the stock market, but lost it all and was unable to pay. To send a message to others who couldn't settle their debts, Sharkey sent a hitman named Dancer to kill him. One night while the two were walking home from school, they were cornered by Dancer in an alleyway. Chris leapt to defend his father, but was swept aside. His father sobbed and begged for his life, but was shot without hesitation. Strengthened by his own rage, Christopher tackled the murderer to the ground and nearly choked him to death before police sirens came. On his deathbed, Philip Chance told his son that he had to make something of himself, and be successful, like his dad never could. Christopher Chance watched his father die before his own eyes, and felt terrible that he couldn't save him. He swore that as long as he could prevent it, nobody would ever have to suffer that kind of fear and humiliation again. That night, something changed inside of him, and he found himself completely unable to experience fear. He spent the rest of his life training himself to the peak of physical perfection, preparing himself for the dangerous path that lay ahead. Christopher Chance would become the Human Target.
- The flashback in the second story about Chance's origins is reprinted as part of another story in The Brave and the Bold #143 featuring another appearance by Amos Sharkey.
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