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All three Hourmen (from top: Matthew, Rick & Rex Tyler). Promotional art for JSA #65 by J.H. Williams III Image File history File links Download high resolution version (520x778, 137 KB)Cover to JSA #65, by J.H. Williams III; it features all three Hourmen in the DC Universe. ... The Justice Society of America, or JSA, is a DC Comics superhero group, the first team of superheroes in comic book history. ... Promethea Volume 1 TPB Cover, art by Williams J.H. Jim Williams III is a comic book artist and penciller. ...

Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Adventure Comics #48 (March 1940)
Created by Ken Fitch
Bernard Bailey
Characteristics
Alter ego Rex Tyler
Affiliations Justice Society of America
Freedom Fighters
All-Star Squadron
JL Task Force
Notable aliases The Man of the Hour
Abilities Superhuman strength, speed, stamina and invulnerability derived from use of Miraclo Pill

Hourman (spelled Hour-Man in his earliest appearances) is the name of three different fictional DC Comics superheroes the first of whom was created by Ken Fitch and Bernard Bailey in Adventure Comics #48 (April 1940), during the Golden Age of Comic Books. DC Comics is one of the largest American companies in comic book and related media publishing. ... In comic books, first appearance refers to the date or issue of a characters first appearance. ... Adventure Comics #296 Adventure Comics is a comic book series published by DC Comics from 1935 to 1983. ... The Justice Society of America, or JSA, is a DC Comics superhero group, the first team of superheroes in comic book history. ... Freedom Fighters is the name of a minor DC Comics comic book superhero team made up of characters acquired from the defunct company, Quality Comics, and the short-lived comic book series of the same name featuring those characters. ... The All-Star Squadron was an American comic book (1981-1987) created by Roy Thomas and published by DC Comics about the adventures of a large team of superheroes which comprised of most of the feature characters owned by the company that appeared in the Golden Age of Comic Books... Justice League Task Force was a monthly comic book series published by DC Comics from June 1993 to August 1996; it lasted 37 issues. ... A fictional character is any person who appears in a work of fiction. ... DC Comics is one of the largest American companies in comic book and related media publishing. ... This article may contain original research or unverified claims. ... Adventure Comics #296 Adventure Comics is a comic book series published by DC Comics from 1935 to 1983. ... Superman, catalyst of the Golden Age: Superman #14 (Feb. ...

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Rex Tyler

Scientist Rex Tyler, raised in upstate New York, developed an affinity for chemistry, particularly biochemistry. Working his way through college, he landed a job researching vitamins and hormone supplements at Bannermain Chemical. A series of discoveries and accidents led him to the "miraculous vitamin" Miraclo. He found that concentrated doses of that "vitamin" given to test mice increased their strength and vitality several times that of normal. After taking a dose himself, Rex found he could have superhuman strength and speed for the hour that vitamin's effects lasted, before returning to human levels. State nickname: Empire State Other U.S. States Capital Albany Largest city New York Governor George Pataki Official languages None Area 141,205 km² (27th)  - Land 122,409 km²  - Water 18,795 km² (13. ... Chemistry (from Greek χημεία khemeia[1] meaning alchemy) is the science of matter at the atomic to molecular scale, dealing primarily with collections of atoms, such as molecules, crystals, and metals. ... Biochemistry is the study of the chemical processes and transformations in living organisms. ... Retinol (Vitamin A) Vitamins are nutrients required in very small amounts for essential metabolic reactions in the body [1]. The term vitamin does not encompass other essential nutrients such as dietary minerals, essential fatty acids, or essential amino acids. ... A hormone (from Greek horman - to set in motion) is a chemical messenger from one cell (or group of cells) to another. ... This page will provide a list of all the performance enhancers, serums, trigger chemicals, booster drugs, and mutagenic foods in the various comic book universes, that were used to give a specific hero or villain their powers. ... Feral mouse A mouse (Plural mice) is a mammal that belongs to one of numerous species of small rodents. ...


Keeping the discovery of Miraclo a secret, Tyler decided that human trials would be limited to the only subject he could trust: himself. Feeling that the Miraclo-induced abilities should be used for good purposes, he decided to use the abilities to help those that needed it; in other words, he would become a superhero. His first mission came as a result of Tyler's placing an ad stating that "The Man of The Hour" would help those that needed it. Tracking down one respondent to the ad, he aided a housewife whose husband was falling in with the wrong crowd, and stopped a robbery. Using a costume he found in an abandoned costume shop, he started to adventure as The Hour-Man (later dropping the hyphen). In November 1940, Hourman became one of the founding members of the first superhero team, the Justice Society of America. After leaving the JSA in mid-1941, Tyler became one of Uncle Sam's initial group of Freedom Fighters. He later became part of the wartime All-Star Squadron. This article may contain original research or unverified claims. ... In the Golden Age of Comic Books of the 1940s, Will Eisner created a superhero version of Uncle Sam for Quality Comics. ...

All-American Publications' All Star Comics # 1 (Summer 1940), an anthology featuring "The Hour-Man"
All-American Publications' All Star Comics # 1 (Summer 1940), an anthology featuring "The Hour-Man"

Hourman would be one of many heroes whose popularity would begin to decline in the post-war years. Eventually, his adventures ended. However, with the resurgence of super-heroes in the mid-1950s and early 1960s, interest in the Golden Age heroes returned, and Hourman was soon appearing as a guest star in issues of Justice League of America. Like all the other Golden Agers, he was now considered an elder statesman of the super-hero set. Image File history File links AllStar1. ... Image File history File links AllStar1. ... The All-American logo, used on their titles during the 1945 split with National All-American Publications is one of three American comic book companies that combined to form the modern-day DC Comics, one of the worlds two largest comics publishers. ... This article is about the 1940s comic book series. ...


Unlike some other Golden Age heroes, his character would continue to grow more and more complex. The idea that Miraclo was addictive, combined with the suggestion that Tyler himself was addicted to crime fighting, made Hourman one of the superhero world's first cautionary tales. Rex would continue to fight both of his addictions throughout the rest of his appearances. His character was seemingly killed off along with other Golden Age heroes fighting a time-traveling villain named Extant. He was recently rescued from that fate by the third Hourman who took his place in that battle. Rex now lives in semi-retirement with his wife Wendi. Rex has his old Hourman costume, and a bowl full of miraclo, inside a secret compart of the grandfather clock in his bedroom, which opens when both hands are turned to 12. Hank Hall is a fictional character in DC Comics who first appeared in Showcase #75 as Hawk of Hawk and Dove. ...


Rick Tyler

Main article: Hourman (Rick Tyler)

Rick Tyler, Rex's son, took over the Hourman mantle during the Crisis on Infinite Earths. Rick swallowed some of his father's Miraclo pills to help him save people trapped in a burning hospital. After serving for a few years as a member of Infinity, Inc., a team largely comprised of other JSA-member children, Rick began to grow addicted to Miraclo just as his father did. He spent many years after leaving the group critically ill until Amazo, posing as a future incarnation of the android Hourman, cured him of his Miraclo addiction. Having conquered his personal demons and regaining his health, Rick joined the JSA in its incarnation as a small band of freedom fighters during the "Stealing Thunder" arc. The android had given him an hourglass full of tachyons that gave Rick random visions one hour into the future. As a second gift, Rick could visit with his father in an otherworldly dimension called the Timepoint, frozen in time, just before Rex's death. Recently, Rick was severely injured in battle, and switched places with his father to save his life. Tyler, the android known as the third Hourman, took Rex and some other JSA members to the Timepoint to save Rick's life. The one hour Rex was allotted in the Timepoint expired just as Doctor Mid-Nite and Tyler had healed Rick of his injuries. Father and son fought over who would perish in the battle with Extant. Ultimately, Tyler the android took Rex's place and was destroyed when Rick and Rex returned to earth. Rick is once again active as Hourman and is an active member of the JSA. Currently, he has a romantic interest in Jesse Quick. Hourman (Rick Tyler) is a fictional character, a superhero who was created by Roy Thomas, Dann Thomas and Todd McFarlane and first appeared in Infinity Inc. ... Crisis on Infinite Earths was a 12-issue comic book limited series (identified as a 12 part maxi-series) and crossover event, produced by DC Comics in 1985 in order to simplify their fifty-year-old continuity. ... Amazo is a fictional android from DC Comics. ... Doctor Mid-Nite is a DC Comics superhero. ... Jesse Chambers, formerly known as Jesse Quick is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe. ...


"Matthew Tyler" or "Tyler"

Main article: Hourman (android)

Another Hourman, an android from the 853rd century that was modeled on Rex Tyler's DNA, served with both the Justice League and the Justice Society for a time. He often perceives himself as Rex and also as Rex's descendant. Originally possessing the time-manipulating cosmic artifact known as the Worlogog, he divested himself of most of its power at the suggestion of Snapper Carr and went about learning to be human. After failing to stop Extant from escaping a fight, Hourman quit the JSA and began travelling through the timestream, returning when he received a distress call from the JSA. As noted above, he is currently believed to have been destroyed at the hands of Extant in Rex's place, although the time-traveler Rip Hunter mentioned that his actions would leave him inactive for a relative year, indicating his probable return. The android also, before he died, gave his hourglass to Rex Tyler, who hopes to rebuild him. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The android Data, portrayed by Brent Spiner, from the TV series Star Trek: The Next Generation An android is a robot made to resemble a human, usually both in appearance and behavior. ... The general structure of a section of DNA Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is a nucleic acid that contains the genetic instructions for the biological development of a cellular form of life or a virus. ... Snapper Carr is a fictional supporting character in the DC Universe. ... Hank Hall is a fictional character in DC Comics who first appeared in Showcase #75 as Hawk of Hawk and Dove. ... Rip Hunter is a DC Comics character who first appeared in Showcase #20, 21, 25, 26, then got his own series which lasted for 29 issues (1961-65). ...


Powers

Neither Rex nor Rick have any innate powers. Any superhuman abilities they display are derived from the use of Miraclo. Taking the drug grants a user several abilities for the span of an hour. Most obvious are the superhuman strength, durability and speed enhancements. Other, lesser known and mentioned powers include night vision and the ability to survive underwater. Rex and Rick both took Miraclo in pill form, but Rick currently uses a transdermal patch.


The amount of Miraclo that can be taken a day has varied. Normally, it is once a day, but in some instances, Rex has been shown taking another pill as soon as an "Hour of Power" runs out. Miraclo works specifically on the Tylers and may or may not work on others who take it. In one instance it worked on an animal, Dr. Mid-Nite's owl, Hootie as well as the villain Bane. Cover to JSA: All-Stars #3. ... Cover to JSA: All-Stars #3. ... Bane is the DC Comics supervillain best known for breaking Batmans back. ...


Rex and Rick both wore an hourglass around their necks given to them by the Hourman Android. It was filled with energized tachyons, time in its most basic form. It gives Rick "time vision," flashes of events that will happen exactly one hour later as well as the ability to touch those out of phase with normal time. The latter effect comes to anyone holding the hourglass. Rex displayed neither of these abilities.


"Tyler" is often simply called an android, but is actually an intelligent machine colony (possibly a form of nanotechnology) created by Tylerco in the far future. If damaged, this colony can effortlessly multiply and repair. His software is encoded with the genetics of Rex Tyler giving him all of Rex's memories. He originally possessed the Worlogog, which gave him complete control over time. He later gave all but a shard of it up, but not before he absorbed all of Batman's memories of the JLA. Molecular gears from a NASA computer simulation. ...


Though not as powerful as he was originally, Tyler still retained super stength, durability, and speed equivalent to a person using Miraclo. He was able to access an "Hour of Power," sixty minutes during which he had power over time. He can do many things with this control: move between picoseconds, travel though time, use his own time vision (which allows him to see a person's past and future as well as age) or make people and things younger, slow a person down until they are essentially frozen, time travel, create tunnels between different time periods, and share power with other individuals (though the amount of time that he provides them power for directly takes away from his sixty minutes). Tyler activates the Hour of Power at will and the hourglass on his chest keeps count of the time. There seems to be some discrepancy between how often he can use his Hour of Power. Like the other Hourmen's use of Miraclo, sometimes Tyler is said to only have one Hour of Power a day, while at other times he simply must wait another hour to recharge before he can reactivate. A picosecond is an SI unit of time equal to 10-12 of a second. ...


Tyler also has a timeship that he can summon from the timestream. It is connected to him and reacts to his thoughts. It can change form as Tyler dictates and also be used as a weapon, as when Hourman made a large hand out of it to trap Extant. The ship can travel through time, to alternate timelines, or though hypertime. Hank Hall is a fictional character in DC Comics who first appeared in Showcase #75 as Hawk of Hawk and Dove. ... Hypertime is a fictional concept presented in the 1998 comic book series The Kingdom, both a catch-all explanation for any continuity discrepancies in DC Universe stories and a variation or superset of the Multiverse that existed before Crisis on Infinite Earths. ...


In other media

Justice League Unlimited (or JLU) was an American animated television series produced by and aired on Cartoon Network. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...

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Hourman I (1349 words)
Hourman apologized for not having been around more when Rick was growing up, and admitted being a mysteryman was a lot easier for him than being a family man. Dedicating himself to work was all he knew.
Hourman told him he was making the right choice by avoiding temptation, because the Tylers were prone to having addictive personalities, and had to spend their lifetimes fighting compulsions.
Hourman and the JSA fought the army of the dead, but knew it was the Spectre who had to return them to Hell.
JSA Members: Hourman (1645 words)
In 1940, Hourman was selected by Doctor Fate to aid in the defeat of Valkyries summoned by Adolph Hitler's use of the Spear of Destiny.
Hourman served as a member in good standing for a year, but the two years of regular Miraclo use was taking its toll.
He convinced Hourman that his powers came from a metagene, and that the metagene could be activated without Miraclo by reciting the phrase "Man of the Hour." Hourman found then that he maintained all the strength, speed and endurance of before without the drug (Justice Society of America #8).
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