Clock King

Clock King
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance (Tockman)
World's Finest Comics #111 (August 1960)
Teen Titans #56 (April 2008)
Created by (Tockman)
France Herron (writer)
Lee Elias (artist)
Sean McKeever (writer)
Eddy Burrows (artist)
In-story information
Alter ego - William Tockman
- Tem
Team affiliations (Tockman)
Injustice League
Justice League
Time Foes
Suicide Squad
Terror Titans
Notable aliases (Tockman)
King Clock
Temple Fugate
Abilities (Tockman)
Uses clock-related gadgetry
Accomplished swordsman
Absolute time sense

The Clock King is the name of two fictional characters, both of whom are supervillains published by DC Comics. The second Clock King was a villain and enemy of Green Arrow, and debuted in World's Finest Comics #111 (August 1960), and was created by France Herron and Lee Elias.

Publication history

The character, originally called simply "the Clock", appeared in Star Spangled Comics #70 (July 1947). He had no super-powers or abilities other than a rigid sense of order and timing and punctuality. He wore a blue pin-striped lounge suit, an orange fedora, glasses and a red tie with a picture of a clock.

The second Clock King was originally an enemy of Green Arrow. He also has no super-powers or abilities. He wears a clock mask, a cape, and a blue suit with clock drawings on it.

Clock King is a master planner and sometimes uses clock-themed gadgetry. The Clock King eventually became a member of the Terror Titans, but has become more identified by his appearances in Justice League International and Suicide Squad.

Fictional character biography

William Tockman

Born William Tockman, Clock King spends his early years taking care of his invalid sister. One day he finds out from a doctor's visit that he himself only has six months to live. Despairing for his sister's future, he watches the timing of a local bank's vault in order to rob it, hoping the money would provide for his sister after he was gone. His caper would have gone successfully, had he not tripped a silent alarm and been caught by the Green Arrow.[1]

While he is incarcerated, his sister dies alone. In further hideous irony, Tockman discovers that he really is not terminally ill; his doctor had accidentally switched his papers with those of another patient. Infuriated, he escapes, later futilely attempting revenge on the Green Arrow.

With several other villains, the Clock King becomes a member of the Injustice League, a team of out-of-luck supervillains who, when banding together, become even less successful than they have been in their individual careers.[2] The Injustice League is defeated time and again by the Justice League International, at least when they are not making laughingstocks of themselves. Trying to reform, the members later become the core of the equally laughable hero team Justice League Antarctica. This JLA includes G'Nort, who ends up saving the lives of the entire team.[3] Like his compatriots, Clock King becomes an ardent supporter of Maxwell Lord, partly due to the fact he is the only one willing to hire them. His group even guards Lord when he is incapacitated by a bullet wound.[4] The villains again later reunite as the Injustice League as henchmen of Sonar.[5]

Later, Clock King leads his own separate team of villains in a mission. They consist of Radiant, Sharpe, Acidia and Crackle. They are not as well-organized as even the Injustice League. For example, Crackle still lives with his mother and they have to take the bus to their fight. It takes place at a Metropolis toy store. They end up fighting one of the many incarnations of the Teen Titans, the heroes Booster Gold and Firehawk and DEO agent Cameron Chase. An unclear super-effect from Chase ultimately neutralizes Clock's team and they are all imprisoned. Clock himself escapes on another bus.[6]

Still later, Clock's friends are transformed into the new Suicide Squad. They are sent to a remote research facility where a genetic monstrosity is holding its creator hostage. Its main defenses are spawned "children" that could explode. During the mission, most of the team are seemingly killed, including Clock King, who is shot repeatedly in a retreat attempt. He is seen still alive after his brutal wounds but, in the end, Major Disaster believes he is the only one who survives. It turns out Cluemaster, shot in a similar manner as Clock King, survives, albeit with drastic scarring. (Suicide Squad (second series) #1).[1] Multi-Man also survives due to his ability to be reborn with new powers after dying.

Clock King is not seen for a period of time after Infinite Crisis. In an issue of 52, one character decides to kill all the time-travelers, and mentions someone "ending up like Time Commander and Clock Queen."

Terror Titans

Cover of 'Teen Titans' (vol. 3) #60. Art by Eddy Barrows.

A new Clock King appears in Teen Titans #56 as the head of a team of villains named the Terror Titans. In an interview with Teen Titans writer Sean McKeever, he described this Clock King as "...Very smart. He sees things differently than others."[7] Although his full name has not been confirmed, Disruptor did refer to him as "Tem" before being killed. His costume is similar to the suit worn by the Clock King seen in Batman: The Animated Series, although with clock faces on the tie and lapel. After his group defeats and captures Kid Devil,[8] Clock King conditions the hero[9] to be sold as a fighter to a group called "The Dark Side Club".[10] Clock King then brings the Titans to his base of operations, a dimension outside of time.[10] After besting Robin, Clock King is stymied by Ravager, who possesses similar precognitive abilities.[11] He offers Ravager a chance to join him, but she refuses. Clock King then removes the Titans from his base and decides to move on to new plans. Ravager ultimately reconsiders his earlier offer.[10] In the Terror Titans miniseries, Clock King takes over The Dark Side Club, and uses it to brainwash young metahumans, turning them into his very own "Martyr Militia". He sends the Militia to attack the city Los Angeles, for no reason other than to amuse him.[12] Clock King's plans are eventually undone by Miss Martian, who was posing as one of the captured Metahumans, and Ravager, who attacks and defeats him, forcing him to flee his base of operations.[13]

The New 52

In The New 52 (which takes place after the events of Flashpoint, after Doctor Manhattan drastically changed the past of the heroes and villains of the DC Universe to remove hope and love, entire people, and other positive life elements), two different Clock Kings were shown existing.

Billy Tockman is an African-American crime boss based in Seattle. Tockman owns a nightclub called the Midnight Lounge, and vintage clock repair shop called the Clock King, which he uses as a front for his operations.[14] While Green Arrow is off dealing with The Outsiders, Diggle, along with Naomi Singh and Henry Fyff, talk Tockman into taking down Richard Dragon, to which he agrees. When they meet to take down Dragon, Tockman betrays them, claiming Dragon made a better offer. When Green Arrow returns and faces Dragon, he holds Naomi and Fyff at gunpoint on Dragon's orders and ends up shooting Fyff, then promptly getting beat up and knocked out by Emiko Queen.

The actual Clock King (original version), wearing the original Clock King costume, battles the newest incarnation of the Birds of Prey amped up on Venom,[15] and is later seen battling Harley Quinn and Power Girl alongside Sportsmaster.[16]

DC Rebirth

The events of DC Rebirth revealed that the original Clock King was now alive again, now as a temporal anomaly. This new version feeds on the life force of others to maintain his youth, which led to him praying on African citizens. His actions drew the attention of Deathstroke the Terminator, who was assigned by an African warlord to kill Clock King as revenge for his murders. However, Clock King managed to save his life by revealing that the warlord only hired Deathstroke to kill him after he killed Clock King. Furthermore, Clock King revealed that as a time anomaly, he saw that as a result of Dr Manhattan's manipulation of the timestream led to the rebirth of Deathstroke's ally Wintergreen. With that information, Deathstroke spared Clock King's life.

It is also revealed in Green Arrow #6 that a second Clock King is active. This version is a drug dealer who wires targets to clocks that can kill the wearer.

Powers and abilities

Other versions


In the alternate timeline of the Flashpoint event, Clock King is imprisoned in military Doom prison. During the prison break, Clock King joined Heat Wave and Plastic Man to retrieve his weapons.[17]

Batman '66

In Batman '66 Issue 4, the Clock King of the 60's series appears as a secret collaborator to the Mad Hatter's latest scheme. At the end, it's revealed that he is Jervis Tetch's brother Morris Tetch who made much of the Mad Hatter's more advanced weapons and described himself and his brother as both "meticulous obsessives."[18]

The Batman Adventures

The Clock King also makes an appearance in a 2004 The Batman Adventures comic. In this issue, he finally gets his revenge on Hill by rigging the mayoral election so that it seems that Oswald C. Cobblepot (The Penguin) has won.

Batman: The Brave and the Bold

The Clock King appears in Batman: The Brave and the Bold comic, in "President Batman", Clock King (along with Killer Croc, Scarecrow and Two-Face) help Doctor Psycho in his plan, until they are defeated by Wonder Woman and Batman.

Injustice: Gods Among Us

The Clock King makes a brief cameo in Chapter Eight of the Injustice: Gods Among Us comic, visibly shocked by the sudden appearance of Wonder Woman and Flash in the villains only bar called World's End.

In other media


Live action

Walter Slezak as the Clock King in the 1960s Batman show.
Robert Knepper as William Tockman in Arrow.


Temple Fugate/The Clock King as seen in Batman: The Animated Series.


Video games



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  2. Justice League International (vol. 1) #23 (January 1989)
  3. Justice League America Annual #4 (October 1990)
  4. Justice League America (vol. 1) #53 (August 1991)
  5. Justice League Europe #4950 (AprilMay 1993)
  6. Chase #4 (May 1998)
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  8. Teen Titans (vol. 3) #56 (April 2008)
  9. Teen Titans (vol. 3) #58 (June 2008)
  10. 1 2 3 4 Teen Titans (vol. 3) #59 (July 2008)
  11. Teen Titans (vol. 3) #60 (August 2008)
  12. Terror Titans #5 (April 2009)
  13. Terror Titans #6 (May 2009)
  14. Green Arrow (vol. 5) #22 (September 2013)
  15. Batman: The Dark Knight (vol. 2) #2 (October 2011)
  16. Harley Quinn (vol. 2) #11 (December 2014)
  17. Flashpoint: Legion of Doom #2 (July 2011)
  18. Batman '66 #4
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