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Johnny Thunder

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Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Flash Comics #1 (January 1940)
Created by John Wentworth
Stan Aschmeier
Characteristics
Alter ego John "Johnny" Thunder
Affiliations Jakeem Thunder, Justice Society of America
All-Star Squadron
United States Navy
Notable aliases Johnny Thunderbolt
Abilities The Thunderbolt,
uncannily lucky.
For the musician, see Johnny Thunders.

Johnny Thunder is the name of three fictional characters in comics published by DC Comics. DC Comics is one of the largest American companies in comic book and related media publishing. ... In comic books, first appearance refers to the date or issue of a characters first appearance. ... John Wentworth (1671-1730), colonial Lt. ... Jakeem Johnny Thunder (initially called J. J. Thunder, a name he dislikes) is a fictional character published by DC Comics and a member of the current version of the superhero team the Justice Society of America. ... The Justice Society of America, or JSA, is a DC Comics superhero group, the first team of superheroes in comic book history. ... The All-Star Squadron was an American comic book (1981-1987) created by Roy Thomas and published by DC Comics about the adventures of a large team of superheroes which comprised of most of the feature characters owned by the company that appeared in the Golden Age of Comic Books... USN redirects here. ... Johnny Thunders Johnny Thunders, born John Anthony Genzale, Jr (July 15, 1952 - April 23, 1991), was a rock and roll guitarist and singer, first with the New York Dolls, the proto-punk glam rockers of the early 70s. ... A fictional character is any person who appears in a work of fiction. ... DC Comics is one of the largest American companies in comic book and related media publishing. ...

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Original version

The original and best-known Johnny Thunder appeared in the first issue of Flash Comics in January 1940. Born at 7 AM on the seventh day of the seventh month in 1917, Johnny had a unique destiny; kidnapped by a group of men from the fictional country of Badhnesia as an infant, Johnny was given possession of the genie-like "Thunderbolt" during a mystic ritual on his seventh birthday, which was intended to allow the Badhnesians to use Johnny to rule the world. However, the plan was soon aborted after an attack from a neighboring country. Johnny eventually returned to the United States and lived an unextraordinary life until one day, while washing windows, he inadvertently summoned the Thunderbolt with the magic words cei-u (pronounced "say you"). Eventually, Johnny figured out how to summon the Thunderbolt on cue, and used this ability to eventually join the Justice Society of America. Barry Allen as the Flash. ... 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1940 calendar). ... 1917 (MCMXVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 13-day slower Julian calendar. ... Ancient Assyrian stone relief of a genie. ... The Justice Society of America, or JSA, is a DC Comics superhero group, the first team of superheroes in comic book history. ...


Johnny's appearances with the Justice Society and in his own solo adventures tended to be quite comedic, as Johnny's main personality trait was being fairly dim-witted, which prompted his much-smarter Thunderbolt to possess a sarcastic (if patient) attitude toward his "boss."


The Thunderbolt's abilities, thanks to his magical powers, were quite vast; however, he was limited by only being able to execute Johnny's exactly worded orders—which, thanks to Johnny's lack of intelligence, sometimes created a fair amount of chaos.


Johnny's adventures ceased in the late 1940s when he was replaced in the Justice Society stories by a heroine he had begun teaming up with, the Black Canary. The reason for his leaving the Justice Society was eventually explained (in the 1970s comic Superman Family #204) to be that his control over his Thunderbolt was weakening, thanks to a spell cast by renegade Badhnesian priests. In the early 1950s, Johnny had been kidnapped again by agents from Badhnesia, with the intention of executing their original world conquest plan. Johnny managed to summon Superman, and the would-be conquerors' plans were defeated. Johnny spent some time in Badhnesia afterwards, teaching the native citizens about democracy. He returned home after the country had elected its first president. // Events and trends World War II was a truly global conflict with many facets: immense human suffering, fierce indoctrination, and the use of new, extremely devastating weapons such as the atomic bomb. ... Black Canary is a DC Comics superheroine character. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ... Superman Family was a DC Comics comic book series which ran from 1974 to 1982 featuring primarily stories starring supporting characters in the Superman comics. ... The 1950s was the decade spanning the years 1950 to 1959. ... Superman is a fictional character and one of the most famous and popular comic book superheroes of all time. ... Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States (1861-1865) The majority of this article is about heads of states. ...


Johnny rejoined the Justice Society upon its reformation in the 1960s, and joined them on various adventures through the following decades. By the 1990s, Johnny was suffering from symptoms of Alzheimer's disease and had lost track of a pen in which the Thunderbolt was being stored. The pen eventually wound up in the ownership of a young African-American boy named Jakeem Thunder. Recently, in an attempt to save Johnny's life, Johnny was merged with the Thunderbolt, taking the name "Johnny Thunderbolt" (although a recent issue of JSA, dealing with a Jakeem "gone mad", has shown a Johnny separate from the genie and a denizen of the fifth dimension, part of the "Thunderbolt family"). The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969, inclusive. ... See also 1990s, the band The 1990s decade refers to the years from 1990 to 1999, inclusive, sometimes informally including popular culture from the very late 1980s and from 2000 and beyond. ... An African American (also Afro-American, Black American) is a member of an ethnic group in the United States whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Africa. ... Jakeem Johnny Thunder (initially called J. J. Thunder, a name he dislikes) is a fictional character published by DC Comics and a member of the current version of the superhero team the Justice Society of America. ...


Old West version

The second Johnny Thunder, completely unrelated to the original, first appeared in All-American Comics in 1948. His name was John Tane and he lived in the Mormon settlement of Mesa City, Arizona, which was portrayed as a mostly congenial Old West town. The son of a sheriff and a schoolteacher, Johnny's mother made him promise never to use guns and to instead follow in her footsteps. Johnny, however, soon found himself in a situation where violence was required. In order to keep his vow, Johnny created the identity of Johnny Thunder, by changing clothes and using coal dust to change his hair black. The stories of his adventures were surprisingly ahead of their time, in that they dealt with the position of African-Americans and Native Americans in the Old West. Johnny Thunder's "old-fashioned" heroic values were admirable, but also fairly typical of pop culture protagonists created during the 1940s and '50s. As was typical of leading characters in popular fiction at the time, Johnny evinced vaguely Judeo-Christian values and beliefs; his precise denominational affiliation (as a Latter-day Saint) was only vaguely hinted at. All-American Comics was the flagship title for its publisher, also called All-American Comics. ... 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1948 calendar). ... An Aani (Atsina) named Assiniboin Boy. ...


In Impulse Annual #2 (1997), a back up story revealed that, at the time of his mother's death, Johnny Tane was inspired to create a secret identity by Max Mercury. The young Johnny was briefly under the impression Max was a genie, in an ironic reference to the later Johnny Thunder. Bartholemew Bart Allen II is a fictional character in the DC Comics Universe. ... For other uses of this term, please see Secret identity (disambiguation). ... Max Mercury is the name of a superhero in the DC Comics universe. ...


Pre-Crisis Earth-One version

Prior to the Crisis on Infinite Earths, the hero Johnny Thunder hailed from Earth-Two. A counterpart existed on Earth-One, but this version was a simple petty criminal with no Thunderbolt. When the Earth-One Johnny somehow got hold of the 'bolt, he used it to temporarily reshape Earth-One such that several heroes, such as Superman, Batman, and Green Lantern, retroactively ceased to exist, their powers being transferred to some of Johnny's fellow criminals. (The Thunderbolt was unable to tell the difference between the Johnny Thunders, and so obeyed the orders of the criminal Johnny without question.) This alternate version of Earth-One is sometimes referred to as Earth-A ('A' for 'alternate'). It was wiped from existence when the Thunderbolt's abilities were employed to return Earth-One to normal. This version ceased to exist after Crisis on Infinite Earths with his Earth-Two counterpart becoming the main template in the merged universe. Crisis on Infinite Earths was a 12-issue comic book limited series (identified as a 12 part maxi-series) and crossover event, produced by DC Comics in 1985 in order to simplify their fifty-year-old continuity. ... In DC Comics, the Multiverse is a continuity construct in which multiple fictional versions of the universe exist in the same space, separated from each other by their vibrational resonances. ... In DC Comics, the Multiverse is a continuity construct in which multiple fictional versions of the universe exist in the same space, separated from each other by their vibrational resonances. ... Superman is a fictional character and one of the most famous and popular comic book superheroes of all time. ... Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man and still sometimes as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional character and superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ... Cover to Green Lantern: Rebirth #6, art by Ethan Van Sciver. ... In DC Comics, the Multiverse is a continuity construct in which multiple fictional versions of the universe exist in the same space, separated from each other by their vibrational resonances. ...


Other Media

Johnny Thunder and Thunderbolt had made many appearances on Justice League Unlimited as League members. Justice League Unlimited (or JLU) was an American animated television series produced by and aired on Cartoon Network. ...


Trivia

  • There is also a band by the name of "Johnny Thunder" that is based out of Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania. The band members are Jared Figel (drums), Tony Jardine (guitar), Pete Abbate (bass) and Michael Lanz (Keyboards).

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