Toby Manning and Butch Boyle boys from a different era, carving out a niche of history both in centuries past and in modern times. Throughout the centuries, these men have flown through the air with tenacity and talent beyond estimation. Toby's father, himself an outlaw of the old west, foolishly caught himself in a gun fight with an alien known as the Collector. When the elder Manning died, the Collector noticed the orphaned boy now there by his father's side. Taking young Toby and raising him as his own in the starts, the Collector granted him the ability to reach heights undreamed of by his parent. Butch was a seeming orphan living in Beeler's Alley when his own armored mentor encountered him for the first time. When the museum curator known as Justin Arthur met Butch, he saw a desperate need to instill in the lad a sense of courage and conviction at such an impressionable age, the same age when Toby found only crooked and conniving tendencies from the Collector. Nevetheless, both men had access to equipment far beyond that found on either Earth, from the Collector's futuristic guns and Sir Justin's unbeatable sword and shield. Beyond this, the knowledge that both men could share with the boys would steer them in directions that would forevermore mark their heroic, or villainous, courses in life.
While Terra-Man gained the ability to ascend the ages thanks to the faster-than-light space craft of his alien patriarch, his counterpart Butch Boyle was able to traverse the ages thanks to his encounters with the Shining Knight, as Sir Justin brought Butch along on several adventures including a few instances where the pair journeyed to the ancient days of Camelot to help that kingdom. Both Toby and Butch glided through the air on the backs to winged steeds Nova and Winged Victory, while accessing powerful weaponry not-of-this-earth. In their home centuries, Manning as Terra-Man would repeatedly clash with Superman, while Butch never met his own Man of Steel from Earth-Two. And while Terra-Man as a supervillain was a repeated failure each time he visited Earth-one, Sir Butch proved that his own age was not a barrier in earning the respect of his Mentor of Metal, and becoming a knight himself at the decree of King Arthur himself! One can only imagine the grown Sir Butch that met the Shining Knight after his return from temporal exile after decades of being missing! Perhaps as a final parting gift before once more returning to his Arthurian age of long ago, Justin may have bequeathed Sir Butch one of the suits of armor in his possession... and faithful Winged Victory methinks?