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Real Name: Harry Hoomple

Identity/Class: Normal human (1950s Era) (extradimensional?)

Occupation: Scientist/engineer

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: None;
    formerly Lucy (last name unrevealed)

Enemies: Prehistoric "cave-men"

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: America (?)

First Appearance: Mystery Tales I#10/1 (April, 1953)

Powers/Abilities: Harry Hoomple was a somewhat paranoid but aggressive genius.


(Mystery Tales I#10/1 (fb) - BTS) - Following the plans for a time-machine designed by his colleague Lucy, Harry Hoomple built the car-like device in secret, and kept it hidden and secured. He wanted his name to go down in history as the inventor of the first time-travel machine.

Hoomple with his time machine

(Mystery Tales I#10/1) - Inspecting the completed time-machine, he quickly covered it up when Lucy came to call and see how his work had developed. Feeling left out of the device's development and wanting to be part of the first trip through time, she threatened to tell the newspapers that she was in fact the inventor of the time-machine. Harry became angry with this and killed Lucy with a mallet, burying her body in the snow outside. He went back to the lab and tried to start the time-machine but with no result. He then realized that it had become unplugged from the electricity supply in the wall. Plugging it back in, he farewelled 1952 and the machine sent him back in time. Ill-prepared for the voyage, he passed out and found that he had traveled further back in time than he intended, landing instead in what he considered to be a prehistoric jungle. He was suddenly attacked by a terrifying, fanged "cave-man" that stood about 9 feet tall and was armed with a club. He ran back to the time-machine but was soon surrounded by more cave-men who bashed at the machine. Harry could not escape because there was no electrical supply, and the cave-men built a fire around the machine, with the flames and smoke soon penetrating the inside of the machine. Harry died and the cave-men waited patiently for their dinner to cool.

Comments: Created by Stan Lee (writer) and George Tuska (art).

Hoomple may have been extradimensional as it was stated that he had "built the world's first and only time-travel machine which really worked", but several time-travel devices crafted pre-1950s era have been documented in the mainstream Marvel universe.

It's not clear if Harry and Lucy were married or not.

Profile by Grendel Prime.

Harry Hoomple has no known connections to:

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Mystery Tales I#10/1, p1, pan1 (main image)

p3, pan6 (head shot)
p4, pan6 (with time machine)

Other Appearances: None

Last updated: 02/07/10

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