March 1985 was the first published appearance of Next Man; Origin of Next Man. It was a sporadically published series from COMICO.
As far as anyone else knows, David Boyd is dead, killed in Viet Nam. In truth, he was placed in cold storage for years, then used as the subject of a top-secret military experiment called “Stepping Stone”. David is experimented further to come back as the “Next-Generation Man”, a Next Man. David finds he is now superhumanly gifted. Now endued with super-human speed, spontaneously regenerate from damage to his body, and wears a sophisticated battle suit which contains an impressive laser defense systems.
However David has no desire to be a government puppet yet again as the next great weapon of war. He rebelled against his creators and has since made it his business to destroy all traces of Project Stepping Stone. At the same time, the military is more than a little interested in regaining control of their prize subject, even if it means clearing towns and kidnapping the ones David holds close.