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Hourman (01 - Rex Tyler)
Real Name: Rex Tyler
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Bio:
Hourman was, in his civilian life, a scientist named Rex Tyler. Growing up in upstate New York, young Rex found 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" or Miraclo. He found that concentrated doses of that "vitamin" given to test mice raised their strength and vitality several times that of normal. Taking a dose, Rex found that his strength, vitality, and speed increased to that of super-human levels. However, the human body could only process the Miraclo for an hour at a time. After that, the subject was weakened and returned to human strength levels.

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.

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.

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.

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First Appearance: Adventure Comics (1938) #48

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Issue Appearances:
52 (2006)
Action Comics (1938)
Adventure Comics (1938)
Adventure Comics (1999)
All Star Comics (1999)
All Star Comics Archives (1991)
All-American Comics (1999)
All-Star Comics (1940)
All-Star Comics 80-Page Giant (1999)
All-Star Squadron (1981)
America vs. the Justice Society (1985)
Armageddon: Inferno (1992)
Avengers/JLA (2003)
Blackest Night: Black Lantern Corps (2010)
Blackest Night: JSA (2010)
Countdown (2007)
Countdown to Mystery (2007)
Crisis on Infinite Earths (1985)
Crisis on Multiple Earths (2002)
Crisis on Multiple Earths: The Team-Ups (2005)
Day of Judgment (1999)
DC 100-Page Super Spectacular (1971)
DC 2000 (2000)
DC Comics Classics Library (2009)
DC Comics Presents (1978)
DC Comics Presents: Superman - Sole Survivor (2011)
DC Comics Presents: Teen Titans (2011)
DC Comics: the Sequential Art of Amanda Conner (2012)
DC Retroactive: JLA - The '70s (2011)
DC Sampler (1983)
DC Special (1975)
DC Universe Holiday Bash (1997)
DC Universe: Origins (2009)
DCU: Legacies (2010)
Flashback Golden Age Comic Reprints (1970)
Flashpoint: The World of Flashpoint (2011)
Golden Age Secret Files (2001)
Green Lantern Corps Quarterly (1992)
Green Lantern Secret Files (1998)
Green Lantern: Fear Itself (1999)
Hawkman (1993)
Hawkman (2002)
History of the DC Universe (1986)
Hourman (1999)
Impulse: Bart Saves the Universe (1999)
Infinite Crisis (2005)
Infinity Inc. (1984)
JLA (2001)
JLA - Die neue Gerechtigkeitsliga Sonderband (1997)
JLA Gallery (1997)
JLA in Crisis Secret Files (1998)
JLA: Incarnations (2001)
JLA: The Nail (1998)
JLA: Year One (1998)
JSA (1999)
JSA 80-Page Giant 2011 (2011)
JSA All-Stars (2010)
JSA Secret Files (1999)
JSA Strange Adventures (2004)
JSA: All Stars (2003)
JSA: Classified (2005)
Justice League of America (1960)
Justice League of America (2006)
Justice League of America: Another Nail (2004)
Justice League Task Force (1993)
Justice League Unlimited (2004)
Justice League: Cry for Justice (2009)
Justice Leagues: JLA (2001)
Justice Society of America (1992)
Justice Society of America (2007)
Last Days of the Justice Society Special (1986)
Legends of the DC Universe (1998)
Legends of the DCU: Crisis on Infinite Earths (1999)
Legionnaires (1993)
Power Girl (2006)
Sandman Mystery Theatre (1993)
Secret Origins (1986)
Showcase (1956)
Showcase '95 (1995)
Smash Comics (1999)
Solo (2004)
Starman (1994)
Starman Secret Files (1998)
Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. (1999)
The Amazing World of DC Comics Special Edition (1976)
The Brave and the Bold (1955)
The DC Comics Encyclopedia (2004)
The Flash (1987)
The Golden Age (1993)
The New York World's Fair Comics (1939)
The Spectre (1967)
The Vault of Michael Allred (2006)
Trinity (2008)
Triumph (1995)
Wanted, the World's Most Dangerous Villains (1972)
War of the Gods (1991)
Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe (1985)
Who's Who: Update '87 (1987)
World's Finest Comics (1941)
Young All-Stars (1987)
Zero Hour: Crisis in Time (1994)

Group Affiliation(s):
All-Star Squadron (DC)(Earth-2 - Pre Crisis)
All-Star Squadron (DC)(Post Crisis)
Freedom Fighters (DC)
Justice League Task Force (DC)
Justice Society of America (DC)

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