Well, circa 1993 anyway.
Over at Ron Marz’s blog, you’ll definitely find a blast from the past when he talks about an Hourman pitch he wanted to do with artist Cully Hamner.
Marz states on his blog, “Back early ’90s when Cully and I were eager, young know-it-alls (as opposed to the jaded, older know-it-alls we are now) we got it in our heads to pitch an Hourman revamp. I truthfully can’t remember the specifics, like which editor it was for, or even if it was intended to be a stand-alone mini, or maybe part of an anthology series. Hell, I don’t even remember if we ever officially pitched it or not. But I did save the faxes – yeah, this was before e-mail – of Cully’s character designs, which you can see here. Still pretty damn cool, huh?”
The most interesting part of the book would be the concept would be the fact that each issue was going to take place over the course of an hour, with a countdown of the Miraclo pill-induced powers. Of course as Marz also stated “Imposing that kind of storytelling structure would have been a real pain in the ass, but worth it.”
Think about that. “24″ meets super-heroics. Interestingly enough, DC revamped the character in the late 90′s as an android. I still have my sketchbook promoting the character. I still would have liked to have seen how this would have played out in a comic, it’s still an interesting idea.