T. O. Morrow


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T. O. Morrow

(pop culture)
Villainous visionary Thomas Oscar Morrow may best be known as a foe of the Justice League of America, but he first appeared in the pages of The Flash #143 (1964), in writer John Broome and penciler Carmine Infantino's tale, “Trail of the False Green Lanterns.” The inventor of a television that allows him to peer 100 years into the future, Morrow purloins future technology and employs it in contemporary times, producing a duplicate Green Lantern to bedevil the Flash. In his next appearance, in Justice League of America #64 (1968), Morrow constructed cyclone-powered android the Red Tornado to destroy both the Justice League and the Justice Society, but “Reddy” overrode his programming and turned against his designer, provoking a lifelong grudge. With the future as his guide, Morrow occasionally applied his intellect toward stymieing the JLA and the Red Tornado. In a 1973 battle, the criminal scientist divided into two beings, the second being the giant-brained Future Man, in an ill-fated attempt to regain control of his simulacrum. T. O. Morrow's fascination with artificial life forms led to his partnership with Professor Ivo— creator of Amazo, the android with the powers of the entire League—in JLA vol. 2 #5 (1997). This time borrowing from the past instead of the future, Morrow (with Ivo) attempted to eliminate the League via a planted artificial member, Tomorrow Woman, but in a case of history repeating itself the android resisted her encoding and destroyed herself.