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Johnny Thunder (DC)(02 - Western)
Real Name: John Tane
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A superb athlete and hand-to-hand combatant, Johnny Thunder was also an expert sharpshooter and a superior horseman. He rode a white stallion whose odd dark marking on its forehead earned it the name Black Lightnin'.

The son of a sheriff and a schoolteacher, Johnny's mother made him promise to never use guns and to instead follow in her footsteps. Johnny, however, soon found himself in a situation where violence was required. His father, the aging Sheriff Tane, had asked for John to become deputized and assist in protecting Mesa City. Conflicted by his vow to his mother and his desire to help his father, Johnny created the identity of Johnny Thunder, by changing clothes and using coal dust to turn his hair black.

In the months that followed his decision to become "Johnny Thunder", he and his father--unaware that his son was Johnny Thunder--admirably protected Mesa City, thwarted only by the masked female "Robin Hood," who called herself Madame .44.

During an encounter with Johnny's arch-enemy Silk Black, Madame .44 accidentally learned Johnny Thunder's true identity, while Johnny learned that Madame .44 was actually his lady friend Jeanne Walker, a local photographer.

Admitting their love for one another, John and Jeanne revealed their true identities to Sheriff Tane and were married soon after, promising to help the sheriff keep the peace in Mesa City.

The stories of his adventures were surprisingly ahead of their time, in that they dealt with the position of African and Native Americans in the Old West.

In no way related to DC's original "Johnny Thunder", a magical superhero.

First Appearance: All-American Comics (1939) #100

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Issue Appearances:
All-American Comics (1939)
All-American Western (1948)
All-Star Western (1951)
Armageddon: Alien Agenda (1991)
Cancelled Comic Cavalcade (1978)
Crisis on Infinite Earths (1985)
DC Comics Presents (1978)
DCU: Legacies (2010)
Guy Gardner: Warrior (1994)
History of the DC Universe (1986)
Impulse (1995)
Secret Origins (1986)
Showcase (1956)
Swamp Thing (1985)
The DC Comics Encyclopedia (2004)
Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe (1985)

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