Thunderbird (Marvel)(01 - John Proudstar)
Real Name: John Proudstar
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Thunderbird’s muscle tissue was several times denser than that of a normal human’s, granting him superhuman strength, stamina, and speed. His skin was also extremely dense, affording him heightened resistance to physical injury.
An exceptionally strong and vigorous athlete in his youth, John Proudstar’s mutant abilities first manifested when he wrestled a charging bison to save a young girl. Proudstar became dissatisfied with the seemingly complacent lives led by his tribespeople on the Apache Indian reservation in Camp Verde, Arizona, and he sought to prove he was a warrior in the tradition of his ancestors.
Eventually, Proudstar lied about his age to join the United Stated Marines. Attaining the rank of corporal, he earned a number of medals, including one for rescuing the pilot of a helicopter downed by a thunderstorm during which he witnessed what he believed to be a great bird of lightning in the sky.
After his tour of duty was completed, Proudstar returned to the reservation and was soon approached by ex-newspaper reporter Michael Whitecloud for help in investigating a series of mysterious cancer diagnoses, including Proudstar’s mother. The pair uncovered illegal experiments performed by Doctor Edwin Martynec, himself a mutant who could transform into a hybrid coyote creature. Proudstar battled Martynec before he escaped after setting off an explosion that destroyed his laboratory.
Later, Professor Charles Xavier, founder of the team of superhuman mutant adventurers known as the X-Men, recruited Proudstar as a member of the second generation of X-Men, giving him the codename Thunderbird. Soon after, the new X-Men opposed Count Nefaria, who had taken over the North American Air Defense (NORAD) command center in Cheyenne Mountain in an international extortion scheme. Defeated by the X-Men, Nefaria attempted to escape in a small aircraft, but Thunderbird jumped onto the plane as it took off. Defying Xavier’s telepathic warnings to get off the plane, Thunderbird sought to prove he was a true Apache warrior and, using his superhuman strength, pummeled the aircraft until it exploded, killing him instantly.
First Appearance: Giant-Size X-Men (1975) #1
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#19 Black Panther (2005)
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#14 Chaos War: X-Men (2011)
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Dark Angel (1992)
#61 Giant-Size X-Men (1975)
- 'Funeral for a Freak, Part 1 of 4: 'Nuff Said!'
#1 Giant-Size X-Men (Faksimile) (1999)
- 'Deadly Genesis!'#3
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Marvel Collectible Classics: X-Men (1998)
Marvel Encyclopedia (2002)
Marvel Encyclopedia (2014)
Marvel Limited: X-Men Famous Firsts (1995)
HC Marvel Trois-Dans-Un X-MEN (1981)
- 'Marvel Limited: X-Men Famous Firsts'
New Mutants Saga (2009)
nn Nightcrawler (2014)
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Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
Phoenix Resurrection: The Return of Jean Grey (2018)
#4 Rampage Monthly (1978)
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#8 Star Trek: The Next Generation/X-Men: Second Contact (1998)
- 'Hulk: A Gathering of Doom ~ X-Men : Second Genesis'
The 100 Greatest Marvels of All Time (2001)
The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
HC The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1983)
- 'The Marvel Encyclopedia'
#14 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
- 'Book of the Dead and Inactive 2 : Marvel Boy to Zuras'
#15 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Book of the Dead 2004 (2004)
- 'Wonder Man to Zzzax (plus Appendix to Alien Races)'#20
- 'Book of the Dead (Stick to Zuras)'
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
The Uncanny Dave Cockrum... A Tribute (2004)
Ultimate End (2015)
Uncanny X-Men (1963)
Uncanny X-Men (2013)
#176 Wolverine and the X-Men (2014)
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#10 Wolverine and the X-Men Magazine (2009)
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Wolverine by Daniel Way: The Complete Collection (2017)
TPB vol. 04 Wolverine Saga (1989)
- 'Wolverine by Daniel Way: The Complete Collection Vol. 4'
#1 Wolverine: Origins (2006)
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#33 X Necrosha (2009)
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X Necrosha: The Gathering (2010)
#-1 X-Force (2008)
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#10 X-Men Legacy (2008)
- 'Old Ghosts: Part 4'#11
- 'Who The Hell Is Eli Bard?'#23
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#212 X-Men Origins: Colossus (2008)
- 'Sins of the Father: Part 2'
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
X-Men: Black Sun (2000)
#2 X-Men: Gold (2014)
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X-Men: Grand Design - Second Genesis (2018)
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#2 X-Men: Odd Men Out (2008)
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X-Men: Original Sin (2008)
#1 X-Men: Rarities (1995)
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X-Men: The Ultra Collection (1994)
X-Men/Dr. Doom '98 (1998)
Xavier Institute Alumni Yearbook (1996)
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