After Rex Tyler found a passion for chemistry, he landed a job as a researcher for Bannerman Chemicals. Through accidents and discoveries, Rex came to create the "Miraculous Vitamin" that would grant a group of test mice abilities that far exceeded the norm. Using it on himself, Rex found his own capabilities to extended to near superhuman levels, but only for one hour at a time. Realising the potential of Miraclo, Rex decided to keep this discovery to himself.
Rex Tyler's son, Rick Tyler, took Miraclo to become the second Hourman. He became dangerously addicted to the chemical for a time and even contracted Leukemia from prolonged exposure to the drug. It was Matthew Tyler, an android from the future (that later becomes the third Hourman), that cured Rick of his disease and helped him control is use of Miraclo. Rick developed a way to use Miraclo in a non-pill form by pressing a button in his suit that secretes Micralo into his skin, still giving him powers for one hour.
HOW IT WORKS
A special form of Phosphorus temporarily bonds with the ATP in muscle cells. This creates "Adenosine Quad-Phosphate", the energy from which is released to grant the user various abilities (see below). The effect lasts for about an hour, and the waste toxins generated are usually eliminated from the bloodstream within twenty four hours.
When used, Miraclo gave the following abilities to it's user for an hour:
- Enhanced Speed
- Enhanced Strength
- Enhanced Durability
- Enhanced Stamina
- Night Vision
- Underwater Survival