|“||Do you know what it's like to be so filled up with anger that you feel like you're poisoning yourself? Do you? I want to hit something – anything – all of the time, every second. You think I like that? I hate feeling this way.||”|
— Rick Tyler to Yolanda Montez[src]
Rick Tyler, formerly known as Rick Harris, is a student at Blue Valley High School and the son of Rex and Wendi Tyler.
At a young age, Tyler's parents were murdered by Solomon Grundy shortly after bringing Tyler to his uncle's residence. For years, Tyler has used the name of Rick Harris and lived in Blue Valley as Matt Harris' legal son until Courtney Whitmore discovered his identity as Hourman's son.
Initially reluctant to joining the new Justice Society of America, Tyler eventually accepted his parents' death and spared Solomon Grundy, officially taking up the mantle of Hourman. However, under the illusion of Eclipso, Tyler thought his uncle was Grundy and was tricked into thinking Grundy murdered a young girl. Tyler's violent actions eventually placed him under arrest, while his hourglass was destroyed out of rage.
With the help of Pat Dugan, Tyler was released from prison and attempted to repair the hourglass using his father's notes. The attempts were all unsuccessful and urged Tyler to participate in the battle, even without possessing any superhuman abilities. Eclipso was admired by his bravery and prepared to kill him before Grundy tackled Eclipso on the ground and rescued Tyler. Unfortunately, Grundy was killed by Eclipso's Moon Magic and was buried in the woods of Blue Valley, shortly after the JSA destroyed The Devil in the Shadows. Tyler was soon approached by the Shade at the burial and was told about Grundy's possible survival.
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Early Life[edit source]
Rick Tyler was born in either late 2004 or 2005 to Wendi and Rex Tyler. After the final battle between the Justice Society and the Injustice Society, his father took it upon himself to hunt down the Injustice Society, eventually purchasing a house in West Farms, Blue Valley which the family moved into.
They lived together there until one night in 2011 when Rex and Wendi planned to leave after Rex found out that the Injustice Society had discovered their location and was coming after them. The pair said their final goodbyes and Rex gave Tyler a toy 1966 mustang, stating that he must take care of it until he gets back as it was special just like him. Tyler's uncle, Matt Harris, then arrived at the home and was told that there is paperwork inside stating that he owned the house and that Tyler was legally his son under the name, "Rick Harris". Rex and Wendi then drove away into the forest, where they were killed in a car crash by Solomon Grundy.
Blue Valley High School[edit source]
The trauma, combined with Harris' abusive treatment due to the resentment of raising a child he never wanted, resulted in Tyler becoming a delinquent with an extremely short temper. As a teenager, Tyler began to attend Blue Valley High School where he sat at the "losers table", stole school property, frequently received detention and began to skip school to drink alcohol. He also began to repair his father's 66' Mustang.
Meeting Courtney Whitmore[edit source]
In 2020, Tyler was eating lunch alongside Beth Chapel and Yolanda Montez when they were joined by Courtney Whitmore. Whitmore introduced herself to them but was ignored by Tyler and Montez, leading to Beth responding that they aren't friends and were sitting at the "losers table". Annoyed by this, Tyler told Chapel to speak for herself before storming off and stealing a Nutty Buddy product from a cart. Later that day, Tyler was in detention where he used a pocket knife to carve something into the desk, which annoyed Whitmore.
Becoming Hourman[edit source]
The Hourglass[edit source]
What do you understand? My parents hit a tree and they died. What grand plan of God's was that?
It wasn't God's plan, Rick. It was an accident.
Then who do I blame, huh?
— Rick Tyler and Yolanda Montez[src]
The First Mission[edit source]
Investigation of Cindy Burman[edit source]
The Shining Knight[edit source]
Finial Showdown[edit source]
The Darkness Within[edit source]
Meeting Jennie[edit source]
The Shade[edit source]
The Devil in the Shadows[edit source]
No More Wildcat[edit source]
Second Chances[edit source]
Justice Society United[edit source]
Good, Bad and Evil[edit source]
Murder Mystery[edit source]
Heroes and Villains[edit source]
Skin Cells[edit source]
Operation: Blackout Bomb[edit source]
Blue Valley Infiltrated[edit source]
Having Stargirl's Back[edit source]
Needing Help[edit source]
Battle for the Cosmic Staff[edit source]
JSA Adventures[edit source]
Ten Years Later[edit source]
Powers and Abilities[edit source]
- Hourglass Enhancements: Tyler utilizes an hourglass invented by his father, which enhances its users for one hour per day.
- Superhuman Durability: Tyler is able to sustain a lot of physical damage without losing consciousness or being hurt when using his hourglass.
- Superhuman Leaping: Tyler can jump to heights significantly beyond that of a normal human when using his hourglass.
- Superhuman Reflexes: Tyler was able to catch arrows before they hit Beth Chapel.
- Superhuman Strength: Tyler is capable of lifting incredibly heaving objects and damage strong materials such as cars when using his hourglass.
- High-level Intellect: Tyler is highly intelligent as shown through his ability to decipher his father's journal despite previous attempts by Chuck being unsuccessful.
- Engineering: Tyler is a skilled mechanic, as he was able to repair his father's 66' Mustang.
- Peak of Human Physical Condition: Tyler is at the peak of human physical condition due to operating as a vigilante, meaning that he is capable of preforming various feats beyond that of the average human.
- Hand-to-Hand Combat: Tyler is a capable fighter and so is able to fight much more experienced fighters such as Sportsmaster when aided by his superhuman strength.
- Time Limit: Tyler can only use the hourglass for one hour of the day and as such has no superhuman powers for the remaining twenty-three hours. While the limiter can be removed from the hourglass, Tyler himself later experienced painful side effects when he attempts to remove the hourglass and had fluctuating performance while enhanced.
Current Equipment[edit source]
- Hourman Suit: Tyler wears a protective suit whilst operating as Hourman which was previously utilized by his father.
Promotional Images[edit source]
- ↑ Tyler is a classmate of Courtney Whitmore, meaning that he is currently fifteen and so was born in either late 2004 or in 2005.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Summer School: Chapter Three
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 Hourman and Dr. Mid-Nite
- ↑ Stargirl
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 The Justice Society
- ↑ Summer School: Chapter Thirteen
- ↑ Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. Part One
- ↑ Chapter Thirteen: The Reckoning