Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Human, mutant

Occupation: Professional criminal, timekeeper

Group Membership: Night Shift (Dansen Macabre, Digger, Needle, Tatterdemalion, Misfit)

Affiliations: Brothers Grimm, Gypsy Moth, Hangman (Jason Roland), Locksmith, Snapdragon;
formerly Satannish, Shroud, Werewolf

Enemies: Angar the Screamer, Avengers (Hawkeye/Clint Barton, Iron Man/Tony Stark, Living Lightning/Miguel Santos, Mockingbird/Bobbie Morse-Barton, Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff, Spider-Woman/Julia Carpenter, Tigra/Greer Nelson, USAgent/John Walker, Vision/"Victor Shade", Wonder Man/Simon Williams), Count Nefaria, Daddy Longlegs, Echo (Maya Lopez), Enforcer, Flying Tiger, Detective Paul Hall, Hangman (Harlan Krueger), Killer Shrike, Dr. Karl Malus, Moon Knight (Marc Spector), Needle, Nekra, Poltergeist, Power Broker, Satannish, Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew), Tigra

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: The Tower of Shadows, mobile in California

First Appearance: Spider-Woman I#50 (June, 1983)

Powers/Abilities: Tick-Tock can perceive various possible futures diverging within the next sixty seconds. The sharper his focus on a particular future event, the more likely it is to occur. He uses a pocket-watch to focus his power.

After being empowered by Satannish, Tick-Tock could control time, causing people to freeze in place while he and his associates could move normally.

Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 300 lbs.
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Bald

History: (Spider-Woman I#47-49 - BTS) - Tick-Tock assisted the Locksmith in capturing various super-heroes and villains in San Francisco and keeping them in Locksmith's prisons. Among their captives was Tigra, Poltergeist, Angar the Screamer, Flying Tiger, Gypsy Moth, Killer Shrike, The Needle, Tatterdemalion, the Werewolf, Daddy Longlegs, Nekra, The Enforcer, Hangman and Dansen Macabre.

(Spider-Woman I#50) - Tick-Tock assisted in the capture of of Spider-Woman, and helped Locksmith imprison her with their other captives. He used his power to help prevent break-outs, anticipating the prisoners' attempts before they could happen, but he did not forsee that when Spider-Woman broke out, she would change costumes with Gypsy Moth. Placing the two women in each other's cells, Spider-Woman was able to escape, and set all of the captives free. Locksmith collapsed, and Tick-Tock was sent to prison.

(Captain America I#330) - Tick-Tock later joined the Shroud's Night Shift, and assisted in their assault upon the Power Broker alongside Captain America (pretending to be hypnotized by Dansen Macabre). Tick-Tock was instrumental in getting them past the guards at the gate by predicting their movements.

(Captain America I#331) - Tick-Tock helped Captain America and the Shroud guard the prisoners they took inside the Power Broker's mansion, and ultimately escaped with the Night Shift, evading the authorities.

(Solo Avengers#3/2) - Tick-Tock joined the Night Shift to observe Moon Knight's battle with the Shroud, as the Shroud tested him to serve as his replacement in the Night Shift.

(West Coast Avengers II#40) - After Digger was arrested by Mockingbird, Tick-Tock joined the Night Shift in attacking the Avengers Compound, unaware that Mockingbird was no longer an Avenger. Tick-Tock helped the Brothers Grimm defeat the Vision by predicting when he would become solid, but the team was finally defeated by the Avengers. They were then rescued by the Shroud.

(Avengers West Coast#76) - When the Hangman assumed control of the Night Shift, he encouraged each member to join him in a campaign of terror against Hollywood, pointing to their backgrounds for reasons why they should hate Hollywood. He noted that Tick-Tock had wanted to be a timer in an animation studio once. Tick-Tock joined the Night Shift in receiving new power from Satannish, but lost a portion of their souls as a result. He accompanied the Night Shift as they captured Hawkeye, Spider-Woman (Julia Carpenter) and the U.S. Agent, then attempted to offer their souls to Satannish.

(Avengers West Coast#77) - Iron Man and Living Lightning followed Digger to the Tower of Shadows, and saved their teammates from the Night Shift. Tick-Tock attempted to defeat them with his new powers, slowing the Avengers down, but Spider-Woman was outside his path, and knocked him out from behind. They were teleported away from the Avengers by Dansen Macabre.

Tick-Tock then joined the Night Shift in an attack on Wonder Man, but found that Wonder Man was immune to his powers, possibly because of his ionic energies. After capturing Wonder Man, they were convinced by him to allow him to join them in their campaign against Hollywood by making their own film.

(Avengers West Coast#78) - When the U.S. Agent assumed the part Wonder Man had been playing in "The Demon That Devoured Hollywood", the Night Shift attacked him, and Tick-Tock slowed him down long enough for Misfit, Digger and Hangman to knock him out. Realizing that Wonder Man intended to betray them, they also brought Wonder Man down.

(Avengers West Coast#79) - As the Night Shift continued with their film project, the Avengers attacked them, all on film. The Night Shift nearly defeated them, but then learned from Dr. Strange that they had lost part of their souls to Satannish. They then turned on the Hangman, and helped the Avengers and Dr. Strange drive Satannish back to his own realm.

(Moon Knight VI#3) - Night Shift (Dansen Macabre, Digger, Misfit, Needle, Tatterdemalion, Tick-Tock) were hired by LA crimeboss Snapdragon (Sheoke Sanada, acting on orders from Count Nefaria) to seek out and capture Moon Knight.

(Moon Knight VI#4) - The Night Shift caught up with Marc Spector who was having a talk with Maya Lopez (the deaf vigilante Echo) outside on a bench. When Spector refused Tick-Tock's polite invitation to accompany them, the Night Shift attacked. Tick-Tock tried to shoot Echo, but ended up hitting Tatterdemalion instead. In response, Echo knocked out Digger and used his shovel to stab Tick-Tock. The two Avengers managed to defeat the Night Shift, who were arrested by the police.

(Moon Knight VI#5) - Tick-Tock was interrogated by LAPD's Detective Hall when Count Nefaria's lawyer stormed in to end it. Soon after the Night Shifters were released from jail after their lawyer made the case they really were the victims of two outlaw vigilantes beating on them.

(Moon Knight VI#6) - Snapdragon brought Dansen and the other Night Shift members to meet with her boss who wanted to discuss why the six of them had failed to capture the two heroes. Nefaria insulted the team for their bumbling incompetence, which they took offense to. But before anyone could act, they were incinerated by Nefaria's ionic energy blast. As the Night Shift's remains continued to smolder, Nefaria turned to Snapdragon and requested she aimed a bit higher the next time she hired outside help.

Comments: Created by Ann Nocenti, Brian Postman and Sam DeLaRosa.

by Prime Eternal. Updated by Norvo (Moon Knight).

Tick-Tock should not be confused with:

Images taken from:
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Update '89, page 29, panel 4
Avengers West Coast#79, page 15, panel 5

Spider-Woman I#50 (June, 1983) - Ann Nocenti (writer), Brian Postman (pecnils), Sam De La Rosa (inks), Mark Gruenwald (editor)
Captain America I#330 (June, 1987) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Tom Morgan (pencils), Sam De La Rosa (inks), Don Daley (editor)
Captain America I#331 (July, 1987) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Paul Neary (pencils), Vince Colletta (inks), Don Daley (editor)
Solo Avengers#3/2 (February, 1988) - Roger Stern (writer), Bob Hall (pencils), Stan Drake (inks), Mark Gruenwald (editor)
West Coast Avengers II#40 (January, 1989) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Al Milgrom (pencils), Mike Gustovich (inks), Howard Mackie (editor)
Avengers West Coast#76-79 (November, 1991-February 1992) - Roy & Dann Thomas (writers), Dave Ross (pencils), Tim Dzon (inks), Nelson Yomtov (editor)
Moon Knight VI#3-6 (September-December, 2011) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Alex Maleev (pencils & inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)

First Posted: 08/11/2004
Last updated: 02/19/2015

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