Rip Hunter, Time Master
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No extraordinary abilities, other than the strength of his mind. He is, however, in excellent condition, and is possessed of better-than-average acrobatic and marksmanship skills.
Rip Hunter and his pal Jeffrey Smith were at college working on their doctorate when they formulated a theory of time travel and began work on their first time sphere. They were hoping for a grant to help them complete their work, but they had a brilliant rival in John Charles James, who was creating a new type of rocket engine.
The one thing that stood in the way of success for Rip and Jeff was the need for a power element that would not melt. Miraculously, they found it on a slag heap. Years later, James stole their backup time sphere in an attempt to change the past so he would win the grant. Rip’s team stopped him, but it appears a power element was lost from the stolen sphere – and was the very one Rip later found. Thus, James actually insured his defeat rather than stopping it.
Having won the grant, Rip and Jeff continued working on the sphere. Just what they did while experimenting on the first sphere is not recorded, but after earning their doctorates, they found a way to duplicate the power element and built a second sphere. By this time the team had been increased by the addition of Bonnie Baxter, a recently graduated history major, and her kid brother, Corky.
After a shakedown cruise to the Mesozoic Era – the Dinosaur Age – they set up business, making time journeys to clear up historical puzzles. The sphere contains their Encyclo-Matic, a computer filled with historical data they may need. Eventually, they added uniforms with various devices they could use in emergencies. Most important are the speech-translation disks that allow them to converse with people of every era and country.
The group appears to have been independently wealthy, as they usually charged nothing for quests in the interest of science.
Finally, with new improvements, Rip Hunter began the ultimate journey – to the birth of the universe! But when he and his crew arrived, they found a strange temple. An unearthly noise struck their ears and all passed out – to awaken back in their own time, incredibly aged!
Eventually, they were contacted by Immortal Man, who was recruiting for the Forgotten Heroes. It seems Vandal Savage had discovered the temples all these heroes had seen and was making use of them. Rip and his crew accompanied Superman into the past to destroy the first temple, which also destroyed the rest, and Rip and the others were restored to their proper ages.
In Booster Gold (2007) it was revealed that "Rip Hunter" is an alias, and he is actually the son of Michael Jon Carter (aka Booster Gold). In the letters column of Booster Gold (2007) #43 he is referred to as "Richard (Rip) Hunter", and some have taken this to mean that his true name is Richard Carter. However, there is no proof that the name Richard is not simply part of his "Rip Hunter" alias.
First Appearance: Showcase (1956) #20
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52: The Companion (2007)
TPB 52/WW III (2007)
- '52: The Companion'
TPB Action Comics (1938)
- 'DC: World War III'
#540#545 Adventures Of Superman: Gil Kane (2012)
- '...With But A Single Step!'#552
- 'Another Time! Another Death!'#553
- 'The World At Time's End!'
Ambush Bug: Year None (2008)
#4 Animal Man (1988)
- 'The Guignol Age of Comics'
HC Batman Legends (2007)
- 'Time and the Batman'TPB
- 'Time And The Batman'#702
- 'Part Two: Batman's Last Case'
#47 Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne (2010)
- 'Batman R.I.P. The Missing Chapter'
HC Booster Gold (1986)
- 'Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne -- The Deluxe Edition'TPB
- 'Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne'#1
- 'Shadow on Stone'#2
- 'Until the End of Time'#6
- 'The All-Over'
#13 Booster Gold (2007)
- 'The Tomorrow Run'#14
- 'A Future Lost'#15
- 'Fresh Start'#25
- 'The End'
TPB vol. 06 Challengers of the Unknown (1958)
- 'Past Imperfect'#1
- '52 Pick-Up, Chapter 1: Secret Origins'#1 (2nd Print)
- '52 Pick-Up, Chapter 1: Secret Origins'#1 (Promotional version)
- '52 Pick-Up, Chapter 1: Secret Origins'#2
- '52 Pick-Up, Chapter 2: Leggo My Ego'#3
- '52 Pick-Up, Chapter 3: Hexed'#4
- '52 Pick-Up, Chapter 4: He's Gonna Save Every One of Us!'#5
- '52 Pick-Up, Chapter 5: No Joke'#6
- '52 Pick-Up, Chapter 6: Meet The Beetles'#7
- 'Blue & Gold, Chapter 2: O.M.A.C.'D'#8
- 'Blue & Gold, Chapter 3: Freedom Fighters'#9
- 'Blue & Gold, Chapter 4: Putting The Band Back Together'#10
- 'Blue & Gold, Chapter 5: Mindgames'#11
- 'Vicious Cycle, Part One'#12
- 'Vicious Cycle, Part Two'#13
- 'Stars In Your Eyes, Part I'#14
- 'Stars in Your Eyes, Part 2'#17
- 'Reality Lost, Part Three'#18
- 'Reality Lost, Part Four'#19
- 'Reality Lost, Epilogue'#20
- 'Chapter One: 1952 Pick-Up; Chapter Two: Fortuitous Circumstance'#21
- 'Day of Death: Part I of IV'#22
- 'Day of Death: Part II of IV'#23
- 'Day of Death: Part III of IV'#24
- 'Day of Death: Epilogue'#25#26
- 'Dead Ted, Part I of II'#27
- 'Dead Ted, Part II of II'#28
- 'The Tomorrow Memory, Part One'#29
- 'The Tomorrow Memory, Part Two'#30
- 'The Tomorrow Memory, Part Three'#31
- 'The Tomorrow Memory, Epilogue'#32
- 'Tense Future'#33
- 'Past Imperfect!'#34
- 'Deja Blue [and Gold!]'#35
- 'Destiny! Destiny! No Escaping That For Me!'#36
- 'This Man... This Chipmunk!'#38
- 'Glory Days!'#39
- 'Letting Go!'#40
- 'The Life and Times of Michael Jon Carter'#41
- 'Turbulence, Part One'#47
- 'Turbulence, Part Four'#1000000
- 'Blue & Gold, Chapter 6: Holding Back The Years'
#85 Chronos (1998)
- 'The Creature From The End Of Time'#86
- 'The War At Times End'#87
- 'Twelve Million Years to Twilight'
Crisis on Infinite Earths (1985)
DC Challenge (1985)
#6 DC Comics Presents (1978)
- 'A Matter of Antimatter'#9
- 'All This and World War, Too'
#37 DC One Million (1998)
- 'The Stars, Like Moths...!'#77
- 'Triad Of Terror!'#78
- 'The Triad'
#2 JSA (1999)
- 'The Day After Tomorrow'
#66 Justice League of America (1960)
- 'Out of Time, Part 2'#68
- 'JSA/JSA, Chapter 1: Making History'#69
- 'JSA/JSA, Chapter 2: Guardian Angels'#72
#144 Justice League of America: Another Nail (2004)
- 'The Origin Of The Justice League - - Minus One!'
Justice League: Cry for Justice (2009)
Legends of the DC Universe 80-Page Giant (1998)
Resurrection Man (1997)
Rip Hunter...Time Master (1961)
#1 Showcase (1956)
- 'The Thousand-Year-Old Curse'#2
- 'The Alien Beasts from 500 B.C.'#3
- 'The Throne of Doom'#4
- 'The Bird-Men of 2,000 B.C.'#5
- 'The Secret Of The Saxon Traitor'#6
- 'The Secret of the Ancient Seer'#7
- 'The Lost Wanderers in Time'#8
- 'The Thieves Who Stole a Genie'#9
- 'The Alien King of 1,000 B.C.'#10
- 'The Execution of Rip Hunter'#11
- 'The Secret of Mount Olympus'#12
- 'The 2200-Year-Old Doom'#13
- 'The Menace of the Mongol Magician'#14
- 'The Captive Time-Travelers'#15
- 'The Earthlings of 5,000,000 B.C.'#16
- 'The Criminal League of Time'#17
- 'Track Of The Wizard's Beast'#18
- 'Public Enemy -- of the 26th Century'#19
- 'Cleopatra's Deadly Trap'#20
- 'Adolf Hitler's Greatest Secret'#21
- 'The Beauty Contest of the Ages'#22
- 'Stowaway from ??? A.D.'#23
- 'The Father of Our Country'#24
- 'Rip Hunter's Royal Wedding'#25
- 'The Missing-Link Monster'#26
- 'Bring Back the Cosmic Key'#27
- 'The Robot-Rulers of 2165 A.D.'#28
- 'Rip Hunter, The Time Creature'#29
- 'The Doom from Giant Valley'
#20 Showcase '94 (1994)
- 'presents Rip Hunter . . . TIME MASTER'#21
- 'presents Rip Hunter . . . TIME MASTER'#25
- 'presents Rip Hunter . . . TIME MASTER'#26
- 'presents Rip Hunter . . . TIME MASTER'#100
- 'There Shall Come a Gathering'
#8 Suicide Squad (2001)
- 'Prelude to Zero Hour - Scarface - Wildcat'#9
- 'Prelude to Zero Hour - Scarface - Pax'
#65 Superman (1987)
- 'Out of Hyper-Time!'
#7 Superman: The Legacy of Superman (1993)
- 'Superman gegen Machano'
Superman: The Man of Steel (1991)
#118 Swamp Thing (1985)
- 'Time and Punishment'
#86 The Brave and the Bold (2007)
- 'Heroes of the Revolution'
HC vol. 01 The Flash (1959)
- 'The Lords Of Luck'TPB vol. 01
- 'The Lords of Luck'#6
- 'The Lords of Luck, Chapter Six: The Girl Who Knew Too Much'#23
- 'Shadows of Tomorrow'
The Kingdom (1999)
#1 The Kingdom: Nightstar (1999)
- 'Never Ending Slaughter'#2
- 'Mighty Rivers'
The Kingdom: Son of the Bat (1999)
The Power of SHAZAM! (1995)
#26 Time Masters (1990)
- 'Hero Falls'#27
- 'The Tenants of Time'
#1 Time Masters: Vanishing Point (2010)
- 'Time Won't Let Me'#2
- 'No Time To Live'#3
- 'Time Has Come Today'#4
- 'Time Is On My Side'#5
- 'Good Times… Bad Times'#6
- 'Time Waits For No One'#7
- 'Long Time Coming'#8
- 'Time Loves a Hero'
#1 Time Warp (2013)
- 'Passageway: Part Two'#3
- 'Passageway: Part Three'#4
- 'Passageway: Part Four'#5
- 'Passageway: Part Five'#6
- 'Passageway Part Six'
#18 Who's Who in the DC Universe (1990)
- 'D.O.A. The Vanishing'#19
- 'Sudden Death Overtime Part One: Ahead Of His Time'#21
- 'Sudden Death Overtime Part Two: Two Minute Warning'
#1 Who's Who In The DC Universe Update 1993 (1992)
- 'Amanda Waller To Wotan'
#2 Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe (1985)
- 'Arion to Willoughby Kipling'
#8 Who's Who: Update '87 (1987)
- 'Fatal Five to Garguax'#19
- 'Puzzler to Roy Raymond'
#5 World's Finest Comics (1941)
- 'Reaper to Zymyr plus Appendix'
#225 Zero Hour: Crisis in Time (1994)
- 'Bow Before Satan's Children!'#227
- 'Death Flaunts Its Golden Grin'
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