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Cliff Carmichael was an old classmate and rival of Ronnie Raymond, the Firestorm. After he aquired the Thinking Cap, he became the new Thinker.


Cliff Carmichael was a student attending Bradley High School in uptown Manhattan. He was one of the smartest students in school, and proudly announced that fact to as many students and faculty members as he could find. Cliff's arrogance earned him the enmity of nearly everyone at Bradley High, most notably Ronnie Raymond and Doreen Day. Cliff perpetually tormented Ronnie Raymond, insulting his intellect and declaring him as the school's resident "dumb jock". To add insult to injury, Cliff often played pranks on Ronnie in the hopes of sabotaging the latter boy's efforts to court Doreen. Such antics included tripping him up in the hallways or slipping a biology class frog down the back of his shirt. Cliff and Ronnie's rivalry worsened as time went on, and by the time they graduated high school, they were the bitterest of enemies.

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  • Although this character was originally introduced during DC's Earth-One era of publication, their existence following the events of the 1985–86 limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths remains intact. However, some elements of the character's Pre-Crisis history may have been altered or removed for Post-Crisis New Earth continuity, and should be considered apocryphal.
  • Cliff Carmichael originally wore prescription eyeglasses and grew thick, brown sideburns that extended the length of his jawline. He was created during the 70s, after all.



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