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Johnny Thunder is the seventh son of a seventh son, born at 7 a.m. on the seventh day of the seventh month in 1917. This causes him to be kidnapped and sold to a group of men from the country of [[Badhnesia]] who had been looking for someone born at this time on this day. As an infant, Johnny is given possession of the genie-like "[[Yz, the Thunderbolt (New Earth)|Thunderbolt]]"<ref>{{C|Flash Comics#8}}, Page 32</ref> 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 is soon aborted after an attack from a neighboring country.<ref>{{C|Flash Comics #1}} Page 34-35</ref> Johnny eventually returns to the United States and lives an un-extraordinary life until one day, while washing windows, he inadvertently summons the Thunderbolt with the magic words cei-u (pronounced "say you") which he accidentally uses to become a successful boxer. Eventually, Johnny figures out how to summon the Thunderbolt on cue, uses this ability to eventually join the [[Justice Society of America]].
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'''Johnny Thunder''' was the seventh son of a seventh son, born at 7 a.m. on the seventh day of the seventh month in 1917. This made him a target to be kidnapped and sold to a group of men from the country of [[Badhnesia]] who had been looking for someone born at this time on this day. As an infant, Johnny was possessed by the genie-like "[[Yz, the Thunderbolt (New Earth)|Yz]]"<ref>{{C|Flash Comics#8}}, Page 32</ref> 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.<ref>{{C|Flash Comics #1}} Page 34-35</ref>
   
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 prompts his much-smarter Thunderbolt to possess a sarcastic (if patient) attitude toward his "boss."
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Johnny eventually returned to the United States and lived an unexceptional life until one day, while washing windows, he inadvertently summoned the Thunderbolt with the magic words "cei-u" (pronounced "say you") which he accidentally used to become a successful boxer. Eventually, Johnny figured out how to summon the Thunderbolt on cue, and used this ability to eventually join the [[Justice Society of America (New Earth)|Justice Society of America]].
   
The Thunderbolt's abilities, thanks to his magical powers, are quite vast; however, he is limited by only being able to execute Johnny's exactly worded orders—which, thanks to Johnny's lack of intelligence, sometimes create a fair amount of chaos.
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In the 1940's, Johnny began teaming up with the [[Dinah Drake Lance (Earth-Two)|Black Canary]] who eventually took his place on the JSA.<ref>{{C|All-Star Comics #42}}</ref> The reason for leaving the Justice Society was that his control over his Thunderbolt was weakening, thanks to a spell cast by renegade Badhnesian priests.<ref>{{C|Superman Family #204}} "The Rescue of His Majesty, Johnny Thunder" (Writer) [[E. Nelson Bridwell]] (Penciller) [[Kurt Schaffenberger]] (Inker) [[Frank Chiaramonte]]</ref>
   
Johnny's adventures ceased in the late 1940's when he was replaced in the Justice Society stories by a heroine he had begun teaming up with, the [[Dinah Drake Lance (Earth-Two)|Black Canary]].<ref>{{C|All-Star Comics #42}}</ref> The reason for his leaving the Justice Society is eventually explained to be that his control over his Thunderbolt is weakening, thanks to a spell cast by renegade Badhnesian priests.<ref>{{C|Superman Family #204}} "The Rescue of His Majesty, Johnny Thunder" (Writer) [[E. Nelson Bridwell]] (Penciller) [[Kurt Schaffenberger]] (Inker) [[Frank Chiaramonte]]</ref> In the early 1950s, Johnny is kidnapped again by agents from Badhnesia, with the intention of executing their original world conquest plan. Johnny manages to summon [[Kal-L (Earth-Two)|Superman]], and the would-be conquerors' plans are defeated. Johnny spent some time in Badhnesia afterwards, teaching the native citizens about democracy. He returns home after the country elects its first president.
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In the early 1950s, Johnny was kidnapped again by agents from Badhnesia with the intention of executing their original world conquest plan. Johnny managed to summon [[Kal-L (Earth-Two)|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 elected its first president. Johnny rejoined the Justice Society upon its reformation in the 1960's
 
Johnny rejoins the Justice Society upon its reformation in the 1960's, and joins them on various adventures through the following decades.
 
   
 
===Johnny's Return===
 
===Johnny's Return===
The absence of the JSA and of Johnny Thunder did not last long. By the modern day, Johnny has aged as an over-weight man, not as old as his friends, but nostalgic for the past. It is explained that before he had entered into limbo he had lent his foster daughter, Peachy Pet, a few thousand dollars and during his time fighting for the universe, she had created Peachy's Frozen Yogurt, a very successful chain of which Johnny is half owner and now very wealthy. Of greater import to Johnny Thunder was his discovery that the Bahdnesians have all but disappeared. A visit to the island of Bahdnesia (now under the ownership of Pol St. Germain) proves that no Bahdnesians are left there. Johnny states: "There were never very many of them... and the island magic had worn out. T-Bolt was all that was left, and he was with me in limbo. They had to leave or starve to death."<ref>{{c|Justice Society of America #7}}</ref> This also introduced the young Kiku, according to the Thunderbolt, the last remaining Bhadnesian.
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The absence of the JSA and of Johnny Thunder did not last long. Though he was now a middle-aged, over-weight man, he was not as old as his friends and nostalgic for the past. Before he entered into Limbo, he had lent his foster daughter, [[Peachy Pet (New Earth)|Peachy Pet]], a few thousand dollars. During his time away, fighting for the universe, she had created Peachy's Frozen Yogurt, a very successful chain of which Johnny was half owner, making him very wealthy. Of greater import to Johnny Thunder was his discovery that the Bahdnesians had all but disappeared. A visit to the island of Bahdnesia, now under the ownership of Pol St. Germain, proved that no Bahdnesians were left there. Johnny states: "There were never very many of them... and the island magic had worn out. T-Bolt was all that was left, and he was with me in limbo. They had to leave or starve to death."<ref>{{c|Justice Society of America #7}}</ref> The last remaining Bhadnesian according to the Thunderbolt was Kiku.
   
Johnny later suffered from symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. At one point he loses track of a pen in which the Thunderbolt was being stored. The pen eventually ends up in the ownership of a young African American boy named [[Jakeem Williams (New Earth)|Jakeem Williams]], who takes up the name Johnny Jakeem Thunder or Jakeem Thunder.<ref>{{c|JLA #26}}</ref> Recently, in an attempt to save Johnny's life after the [[Ultra-Humanite (Earth-Two)|Ultra-Humanite]] used his body to take control of the Thunderbolt and temporarily remake Earth in his image, Johnny died but Jakeem wished to Yz if he could live so thunderbolt merged with Johnny soul and became one being, which he took the name "Johnny Thunderbolt". This new being has Yz's appearance but Johnny is the dominant personality. He takes the orders now, like Yz, but he is now omnipotent.<ref>{{c|JSA #37}}</ref>
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Johnny later suffered from symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. At one point he lost track of a pen in which the Thunderbolt was being stored. The pen ended up in the hands of a young African American boy named [[Jakeem Williams (New Earth)|Jakeem Williams]], who took on the name Johnny Jakeem Thunder, or Jakeem Thunder.<ref>{{c|JLA #26}}</ref> Johnny died after the [[Ultra-Humanite (New Earth)|Ultra-Humanite]] used his body to take control of the Thunderbolt and temporarily remake Earth in his image, but Jakeem made a wish to Yz so he could live. Thunderbolt merged with Johnny's soul and they became one being, taking the name "Johnny Thunderbolt". This new being had Yz's appearance but Johnny was the dominant personality. He took orders now, like Yz, but he was now omnipotent.<ref>{{c|JSA #37}}</ref>
   
 
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Johnny Thunder was the seventh son of a seventh son, born at 7 a.m. on the seventh day of the seventh month in 1917. This made him a target to be kidnapped and sold to a group of men from the country of Badhnesia who had been looking for someone born at this time on this day. As an infant, Johnny was possessed by the genie-like "Yz"[1] 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.[2]

Johnny eventually returned to the United States and lived an unexceptional life until one day, while washing windows, he inadvertently summoned the Thunderbolt with the magic words "cei-u" (pronounced "say you") which he accidentally used to become a successful boxer. Eventually, Johnny figured out how to summon the Thunderbolt on cue, and used this ability to eventually join the Justice Society of America.

In the 1940's, Johnny began teaming up with the Black Canary who eventually took his place on the JSA.[3] The reason for leaving the Justice Society was that his control over his Thunderbolt was weakening, thanks to a spell cast by renegade Badhnesian priests.[4]

In the early 1950s, Johnny was 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 elected its first president. Johnny rejoined the Justice Society upon its reformation in the 1960's

Johnny's Return

The absence of the JSA and of Johnny Thunder did not last long. Though he was now a middle-aged, over-weight man, he was not as old as his friends and nostalgic for the past. Before he entered into Limbo, he had lent his foster daughter, Peachy Pet, a few thousand dollars. During his time away, fighting for the universe, she had created Peachy's Frozen Yogurt, a very successful chain of which Johnny was half owner, making him very wealthy. Of greater import to Johnny Thunder was his discovery that the Bahdnesians had all but disappeared. A visit to the island of Bahdnesia, now under the ownership of Pol St. Germain, proved that no Bahdnesians were left there. Johnny states: "There were never very many of them... and the island magic had worn out. T-Bolt was all that was left, and he was with me in limbo. They had to leave or starve to death."[5] The last remaining Bhadnesian according to the Thunderbolt was Kiku.

Johnny later suffered from symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. At one point he lost track of a pen in which the Thunderbolt was being stored. The pen ended up in the hands of a young African American boy named Jakeem Williams, who took on the name Johnny Jakeem Thunder, or Jakeem Thunder.[6] Johnny died after the Ultra-Humanite used his body to take control of the Thunderbolt and temporarily remake Earth in his image, but Jakeem made a wish to Yz so he could live. Thunderbolt merged with Johnny's soul and they became one being, taking the name "Johnny Thunderbolt". This new being had Yz's appearance but Johnny was the dominant personality. He took orders now, like Yz, but he was now omnipotent.[7]

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Powers

  • Reality Alteration: As the Thunderbolt, Johnny possesses all of the powers of a Genie from the 5th Dimension, which includes reality alteration of immeasurable range.

Abilities

  • Jack of All Trades: Johnny would likely describe himself as a Jack of all trades, yet master of none. However, he did possess a small degree of writing talent, and frequently chronicled the adventures of his Justice Society friends.
  • Although this character was originally introduced during DC's Earth-Two 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 no longer apply.
  • Johnny Thunder has no connection to former Infinity, Inc. ally Jonni Thunde. Nor does he have any connection to the 19th century lawman of the same name.
  • All of the Thunder siblings have names that begin with the letter "J".
  • As Johnny grew older, he began suffering from Alzheimer's Disease.

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