Monday, 18 July 2016
Whatever Happened To... Hourman?
Whatever Happened To... ? was a nice little back up strip in DC Comics Presents, mostly written by The Answer Man himself, Bob Rozakis, and was clearly a labour of love for all concerned.
Each issue, one of those forgotten Golden Age characters that always filled up the rest of the 100 pg Super Specials would turn up again, letting us know what they'd been up to lately, and not so subtly hoping this one-off would result in a new series.
It was a lot of fun, even if you'd never heard of that particular issue's hero ( Sargon The Sorcerer? Prince Ra-Man?? ), and it all kicked off with one of my favourite characters from the JSA, Rex 'Tick-Tock' Tyler, otherwise known as Hourman.
Ok, his cloak looks like a beach towel, but time-limited heroes are always fun, so before we see whatever happened to him, let's catch Rex back in the day, teaming up with Dr. Fate and the Golden Age Green Lantern in the does-exactly-what-it-says-on-the-tin Solomon Grundy Goes On A Rampage!
So that's what he was up to back then, but Whatever Happened to Hourman? Well, here's our late middle-aged hero, heading down into the vault one more time for a Miraclo pill, in a story that completely writes itself, but is all the more fun for that.