Sunday, January 27, 2013
Alter Ego: Hiram Horner
Occupation: Eccentric Millionaire
Marital Status: Unknown
Known Relatives: None
Group Affiliation: None
Base of Operations: Middletown, U.S.A.
First Appearance: Detective Comics #279 (May, 1960)
Height: Approx. 5'8"
Hiram Horner fancied himself an inventor, and had the money to put that notion into practice. Unfortunately, Horner was just skilled enough to be dangerous, as publicly held trial runs of his various gadgets ended in catastrophic failure. The Manhunter from Mars was able to quietly contain the various life-threatening experiments, and despite repeatedly endangering the public, Horner wasn't arrested by Detective John Jones for his well-intentioned criminal activity. Such is the power of the almighty dollar.
Powers & Weapons:
Hiram Horner has a true gift for creating weapons of mass destruction while in pursuit of more mundane results. His Molecular Light-Beam Painter could change the colors of an object instantly, but with the side effect of causing tiny molecular explosions that could destroy said object. His Remote-Controlled Airborne Building Transporter employed rocket motors with sufficient power to briefly levitate a structure high in the air, but not enough to sustain it. His Solar Receptors could levitate and absorb solar radiation to cheaply light the night sky in theory, but in practice they couldn't adequately store the energy and became balls of floating fire. Following these horrifying missteps, Horner vowed to only work on projects directed toward law-enforcement agencies.
Quote: "...I'm sure that even Edison had a few goofs in his time!"
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