Tyr (DC Comics)

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Tyr, from Superboy #197. Art by Dave Cockrum.
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Superboy Vol. 1 #197 (Sept. 1973)
Created by Cary Bates (script)
Dave Cockrum (artist)
In-story information
Full name Tyr the Hunter
Place of origin Tyrraz (31st Century)
Team affiliations Legion of Super-Villains
Abilities Bionic gun arm

Tyr is a fictional supervillain in the DC Universe. He first appeared in Superboy Vol. 1, #197 (September 1973), and was created by Dave Cockrum. His name is taken from Týr, the one-handed Norse god of war.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Pre-Zero Hour[edit]

Tyr is a native of Tyrraz, a mobile planet devoted to the practice of war. Due to an unspecified accident, one of his arms was replaced with a cybernetic gun. In his first appearance in Superboy #197, Tyr kidnaps Legion of Super-Heroes member Timber Wolf (who was believed killed by his fellow Legionnaires), and brainwashes him into becoming an assassin. After an unsuccessful attempt to kill Earth's president, Timber Wolf manages to overcome Tyr and break his conditioning.

Tyr returns in Superboy #199. In this appearance, his gun hand gains the power to control Superboy and, later, Mon-El. He was also briefly a member of the Legion of Super-Villains.

Post-Zero Hour[edit]

Following the Zero Hour reboot, Tyr appears as the Tyrrazian representative to the Dark Circle that ruled the Affiliated Planets. He is killed, along with the other members of the Circle, by Brainiac 4 for questioning her decision to declare war on the United Planets.

In Final Crisis, he was among the supervillains in Superman-Prime's Legion of Super-Villains.

Powers and abilities[edit]

Tyr is equipped with a powerful bionic gun in place of one of his real arms. The gun can fire powerful energy blasts, and can somehow control the minds of others. The gun can detach itself from Tyr's body and fly away, in the event he is captured.

In other media[edit]

Tyr appears in the Legion of Super Heroes episode "Lightning Storm" voiced by Khary Payton. He appears as a member of the Lightspeed Vanguard and claims to have physical abilities matching Superman. With the unexplained absence of Lightning Lord in the season two premiere, Tyr operated as the team's leader.



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