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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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Issue Appearances:
52 (2006)
52: The Companion (2007)
52/WW III (2007)
Action Comics (1938)
Adventures of Superman: Gil Kane (2012)
Ambush Bug: Year None (2008)
Animal Man (1988)
Batman (1940)
Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne (2010)
Booster Gold (1986)
Booster Gold (2007)
Challengers of the Unknown (1958)
Chronos (1998)
Convergence Booster Gold (2015)
Convergence: Infinite Earths (2015)
Creature of The Unknown (1982)
Crisis on Infinite Earths (1985)
Dark Days: The Road to Metal (2018)
DC Challenge (1985)
DC Comics Presents (1978)
DC Nuclear Winter Special (2019)
DC One Million (1998)
DC One Million Omnibus (2013)
Deadman (2011)
Flashpoint: The World of Flashpoint Featuring Superman (2012)
Hal Jordan & the Green Lantern Corps (2016)
JSA (1999)
Justice League of America (1960)
Justice League of America: Another Nail (2004)
Justice League: Cry for Justice (2009)
Legends of the DC Universe 80-Page Giant (1998)
Legionnaires (1993)
Resurrection Man (1997)
Rip Hunter...Time Master (1961)
Showcase (1956)
Showcase '94 (1994)
Suicide Squad (2001)
Superboy (1994)
Superman (1987)
Superman-Sonderausgabe (1976)
Superman: President Lex (2003)
Superman: The Legacy of Superman (1993)
Superman: The Man of Steel (1991)
Swamp Thing (1985)
The Brave and the Bold (2007)
The Flash (1959)
The Kingdom (1999)
The Kingdom: Nightstar (1999)
The Kingdom: Son of the Bat (1999)
The Multiversity: Guidebook (2015)
The Multiversity: The Deluxe Edition (2015)
The Power of SHAZAM! (1995)
Time Masters (1990)
Time Masters: Vanishing Point (2010)
Time Warp (2013)
Valor (1992)
Who's Who in the DC Universe (1990)
Who's Who In The DC Universe Update 1993 (1992)
Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe (1985)
Who's Who: Update '87 (1987)
World's Finest Comics (1941)
Zero Hour: Crisis in Time (1994)

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Forgotten Heroes
Linear Men
Time Masters

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