Created by Jack Miller and Ruben Moreira (original); (current)

The Original Universe


Identity: Secret
Occupation: Scientist, Professional time-traveler
Marital Status: Single
Known Relatives: Jon Carter (grandfather);

Ellen Carter (grandmother, deceased); Michael Jon Carter (father); Michelle Carter (aunt)
Group Affiliation(s): Forgotten Heroes
Gender: Male
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 175 lbs.
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Sandy Blond (now mostly brown)
First Appearance: (original): Showcase #20 (May-June 1959)
(current version): Booster Gold #13 (February 1987)
Creators: Jack Miller and Ruben Moreira (original); (current)


The world's most renowned scientist in the field of time research, Ripley 'Rip' Hunter is the inventor of several time-traveling devices, including the Time Sphere. His first experiments brought him into contact with the time-lost hero Booster Gold . Later, he formed the Time Masters in an attempt to neutralize Vandal Savage's powerful Illuminati organization. That failed, and ended with Rip being stranded in the age of the Cro-Magnon. Returning to our era under as yet unrevealed circumstances, Rip began a phase of wild adventures, making himself a name and even regularly going back in time and collaborating with heroes of the past (such as Sgt. Rock and the Forgotten Heroes). However, his reckless time-traveling attracted the attention of the Linear Men. After rescuing him from several dangers, the Linear Men invited him to join them, and he has been active with them ever since. His hair turned white and some of his limbs replaced with cybernetic ones (due to the stress the human body experiences from repeated time-travelling), he now calls himself just 'Hunter', and is stationed at the Vanishing Point outside time. The general public believes that Rip Hunter is dead.

In recent years, Rip has been attributed with the discovery of Hypertime, something that put him at odds with his fellow Linear Men, who maintained the importance of a single, linear timeline. Recently, some disembodied brains which appeared to be the Linear Men, driven mad by Brainiac-13, were seen bringing Superman to trial for tampering with the timeline. The trial did not go their way, and the Quintessence judged them insane, eliminating them from existence. It is unclear whether this is the final fate of Rip Hunter.

[Note: Rip's frequent adventures in the past might explain the flashbacks of him being active before his canonical debut, with Sgt. Rock (in the pages of SUICIDE SQUAD) and with the original Forgotten Heroes (in RESURRECTION MAN), something which otherwise would be attributed only to his Silver Age incarnation.]


For a definitive list of appearances of Rip Hunter in chronological order click here


Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe #19 (September 1986)

Who's Who: Update '87 #5 (December 1987)