Real Name: Dr. Eliot Franklin
Search for 'Thunderball (Marvel)' on Amazon
Thunderball shares the Asgardian enchantment originally given to the Wrecker, becoming transformed into a being of superhuman power, slightly less than an Asgardian god. He possesses vast superhuman strength and a high degree of invulnerability with some resistance to cold, heat, fire, corrosives and toxins.
Dr. Eliot Franklin was a genius-level physicist, nearly on par with Bruce Banner. He even designed a miniature gamma-ray bomb, a feat that eluded Banner. However, his invention was stolen by an unscrupulous executive at Richmond Enterprises, and Franklin was imprisoned after an attempt to steal it back. While in prison at Ryker’s Island, he met and befriended Dirk Garthwaite, a.k.a. the Wrecker. The Wrecker told his friends of the power he received by Karnilla, the Norn Queen, power enough to take on the thunder god Thor, and they orchestrated an escape. With fellow convicts Henry Camp and Brian Calusky, the group managed to retrieve the crowbar that housed the powers that had been drained from the Wrecker. Grasping the bar in an electrical storm, the Wrecker was restored, Camp became Bulldozer, Calusky became Piledriver, and Franklin became Thunderball. Together, they became known as the Wrecking Crew.
Thunderball initiated their first foray into crime, destroying anything associated with Richmond Enterprises in order to capture his gamma bomb and ransom New York. They were stopped by the Defenders, but Thunderball and the Wrecking Crew were never contained for long.
But Thunderball had always felt superior to his teammates, knowing his intelligence set him apart. He often parted company with them, and was seen acting independently on several occasions. Once, he sought out his ex-girlfriend, Rhonda Taddington, holding her friend, Clytemnestra Erwin, hostage and running into conflict with her boyfriend, Rhodes, James as Iron Man. He later took it upon himself to retrieve the Wrecking Crew’s weapons from the authorities, running afoul of Spider-Man, who defeated Thunderball by overloading his wrecking ball with electricity and knocking him out.
However, if the Wrecking Crew appeared, Thunderball was sure to be seen as well, including in their abduction to Battleworld by the Beyonder and joining with Doctor Doom's army of super-villains. The Crew also joined Baron Zemo's Masters of Evil. After this, Thor used his hammer to draw the Wrecker’s away from the others who divided it, and Thunderball was left powerless.
When imprisoned in the Vault, Thunderball participated in a massive breakout but refused to follow the orders of Venom, battling him over the alliances among their cellmates. However, they were trapped inside with a nuclear reactor that threatened to meltdown, and Thunderball was instrumental in defusing the device with Iron Man.
Months later, the Wrecker freed his Crew and restored their power once more. As before, wherever the Wrecking Crew was to be found, Thunderball was among their number. They performed many other acts of villainy, although Thunderball grew dissatisfied with the Wrecker’s leadership, coveting all the power of the Crew for himself. Eventually, the Crew reconciled, seeking out Hercules once more. But battling them helped Hercules overcome the fear of combat he had suffered since the beating at their hands, and they were defeated.
Once, Thunderball was broken out of prison by Midnight on behalf of the Secret Empire. He served alongside Midnight as their agent, coming into conflict with Midnight’s former mentor, Moon Knight as well as Spider-Man and other heroes, until Midnight was betrayed by the organization and destroyed their headquarters.
The Wrecking Crew’s powers began fading when many of Asgard's links to Earth were separated. The entire Crew received a power boost when hired by Arnim Zola to battle the Thunderbolts (unaware that the Thunderbolts included many of their former allies in the Masters of Evil).
The Wrecking Crew appeared together for various endeavors: hired by the likes of the Doomsday Man, battling heroes such as the Avengers and the Warriors Three, used as lackeys by Morgan Le Fay, among others. When the Crew was imprisoned in the Raft, they joined the massive breakout and escaped.
First Appearance: The Defenders (1972) #17
Thunderball (Marvel) is a favorite character of 5 users
View a chronological listing of this character's appearances
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2016)
#8 Alpha Flight (1983)
- 'Under New Management Episode Two: The Third Faction'
#118 America (2017)
- 'The Clampdown Part 1'#119
- 'The Clampdown Part 2'
#6 Avengers (1998)
- 'Your Heart is True'
#15 Avengers Arena (2013)
- 'The Three-Fold Path'#16
- 'Mistaken Identity'#17
- 'Cage of Freedom'#18
- 'The Battle for Imperion City!'
Avengers Finale (2005)
Avengers Presented By Western Union (2015)
#1 Avengers Undercover (2014)
- 'Avengers Featuring...All-New Captain America/Nova In "The Connection"'
#2 Avengers Unplugged (1995)
- 'Descent Part Two'#10
- 'Going Native Part Five'
#4 Avengers: Deathtrap, The Vault (1991)
- 'The Old Ball and Chain'
#4 Black Bolt (2017)
- 'The Brave...and the Bold'
Black Panther (2016)
#16 Captain America (1968)
- 'Avengers of the New World Part 4'#167
- 'Avengers of the New World Part 8'#168
- 'Avengers of the New World Part 9'
Captain America: Steve Rogers (2016)
Code of Honor (1997)
Damage Control (vol. 1) (1989)
#1 Damage Control (vol. 2) (1989)
- 'A Restoration Comedy!'
#1 Damage Control (vol. 3) (1991)
- 'No Vault Insurance!'
#103 Dark Reign: Made Men (2009)
- 'Without Fear: Part 4'
Dark Reign: Made Men (Webcomics) (2009)
Dark Reign: The Cabal (2009)
Dark Reign: The Hood (2009)
#1 Deadpool & the Mercs For Money [I] (2016)
- 'Family Man'#5
- 'Chain of Command'
Deadpool: Suicide Kings (2009)
#4 Deadpool's Secret Secret Wars (2015)
- 'Suicide Kings: Chapter 4'#5
- 'Suicide Kings, Chapter 5'
#1 Fantastic Four (1961)
- 'Deadpool's Secret Wars'#3
Fantastic Four (2014)
#3 FDNY Custom Comic (2011)
- 'The Fall of the Fantastic Four Part Three'#4
- 'The Fall of the Fantastic Four Part Four'
Fear Itself (2011)
#2 Free Comic Book Day 2017 (Secret Empire) (2017)
- 'Chapter 2: The Worthy'
#8 House of M: Masters of Evil (2009)
- 'Forever Endeavor'#9
- 'A Man Walks into a Bar...'
#1 Hulk: Let the Battle Begin (2010)
- 'This Thing of Ours'#2
- 'Honor Among Thieves'
Infamous Iron Man (2016)
Invincible Iron Man (2017)
#594 Iron Fist (1975)
- 'The Search for Tony Stark Part Two'
#11 Iron Man (1968)
- 'A Fine Day's Dying!'#12
- 'Assault on Avengers' Mansion!'
Jean Grey (2017)
Journey Into Mystery (1952)
#505 Marvel Age (1983)
- 'What Power is This?'
Marvel Comics Presents (2007)
Marvel Holiday Special (1991)
Marvel Knights Spider-Man (2004)
#20 Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars (1984)
- 'The Other - Evolve or Die, Part 5: Retreat'
TPB vol. 01 (2nd Printing) Marvel Team-Up (1997)
- 'Secret Wars'#1
- 'The War Begins'#2
- 'Prisoners of War!'#3
- 'Tempest Without, Crisis Within!'#4
- 'Situation: Hopeless!'#5
- 'The Battle of Four Armies!'#6
- 'A Little Death...'#7
- 'Death to the Beyonder!'#11
- '.. And Dust To Dust!'#12
- '...Nothing to Fear...'
#6 Marvel Universe: The End (2003)
- 'Wreck and Roll!'#10
- 'Two in One'#11
- 'Iron Pirates'
Marvels Companion (2014)
TPB New Avengers (2005)
- 'Marvels Companion'
New Avengers Finale (2010)
New Avengers: Illuminati (2007)
New Excalibur (2006)
#13 New Warriors (2014)
- 'Unredeemed: Part 1'
Omega Flight (2007)
#1 Power Man and Iron Fist (2016)
- 'Alpha to Omega, Part 1'#2
- 'Alpha to Omega, Part 2'#3
- 'Alpha to Omega, Part 3'#4
- 'Alpha to Omega, Part 4'#5
- 'Alpha to Omega, Part 5'
Punisher War Journal (2007)
#22 Road Force: Wrecked & Ruined (2014)
- 'Jigsaw, Part 5 of 6'#23
- 'Jigsaw, Part 6 of 6'
nn  Runaways (2005)
- 'Wrecked & Ruined, Part One of Six'nn 
- 'Wrecked & Ruined, Part Two of Six'nn 
- 'Wrecked & Ruined, Part Three of Six'nn 
- 'Wrecked & Ruined, Part Six of Six'#1
#1 Runaways (2008)
- 'True Believers: Chapter 1'
Secret Avengers (2010)
#29 Secret Empire (2017)
- 'A Council Of Masters'#30
- 'Something Wicked This Way Comes'#32
- 'To Hold Back A Black Hole'
Secret Invasion (2008)
Secret Warriors (2017)
#1 Secret Wars II (1985)
- '"To Begin the World Over Again" Part One'
#3 Secret Wars: Official Guide to the Marvel Multiverse (2015)
- 'This World is Mine'
Sentry: Fallen Sun (2010)
#5 Siege (2010)
- 'The Big Picture, Part 1: More Than a Handful'#6
- 'The Big Picture, Part 2: Minor Complications'#10
#3 Siege: Young Avengers (2010)
- 'The Siege of Asgard - Intercepted'
#44 Spider-Man & The Secret Wars (2010)
- 'Tage wie dieser Teil 2: Räuber und Gendarm'#45
- 'Tage wie dieser Teil 3: Das letzte Gefecht'
#5 Superior Spider-Man Team-Up (2013)
- 'Earth-Lord Part Five: The Heist'
Tales of the Thing (2005)
The Amazing Spider-Man (1963)
#247 The Avengers (1963)
- 'And He Strikes Like a Thunderball'#353
- 'When Midnight Strikes!'#354
- 'Wilde at Heart!'#355
- 'Total Eclipse of the Moon... Knight'#356
- 'After Midnight!'#357
- 'A Bagel With Nova!'#358
- 'Out on a Limb'#552
- 'Just Blame Spider-Man'#589
#273 The Avengers United (2001)
- 'Rites of Conquest'#274
- 'Divided... We Fall!'#275
- 'Even a God Can Die!'#276
- 'The Price of Victory'#280
- 'Faithful Servant'
The Defenders (1972)
#17 The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
- 'Power Play!'#18
HC The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
- 'The Marvel Encyclopedia'
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976)
#125 The Thing: Freakshow (2002)
- 'Wrecking Havoc!'#126
- '...Sudden Impact'
#304#383 Thor (1998)
- 'The Secret Love--!'#418
- 'Fear Kills!'#426
- 'The Homecoming! or How Do You Spend the Night After You've Saved the Universe?/Enter: Excalibur'#428
- 'If This Be Juggernaut!'#429
- 'The World is Mine!'#430
- 'The God, the Ghost, and the Guilty!'#608
- 'Siege: Ragnarok, Part 2'#609
- 'Siege: Ragnarok, Part 3'
#28 Thunderbolts (1997)
- 'Wrecking Havoc'#29
- 'Whence Comes Death'
#1 Thunderbolts (2016)
- 'Justice... Like Lightning!'#22
- 'Decisions Part 3: Taking a Stand'#103
- 'Taking Civil Liberties, Part 1'
#10#12 Ultimate End (2015)
- 'Return of the Masters: Part Three - Broken Toys'
Uncanny Origins (1996)
#14 Venom: Dark Origin (2008)
- 'Fist of Iron, Heart of Fire!'
#3 What If? 200 (2011)
- 'Venom: Dark Origin, Chapter 3'
#1 What If? House of M (2009)
- 'What If? Norman Osborn Won the Siege of Asgard/What If? The Watcher killed Galactus?'
#1 What If? World War Hulk (2010)
- 'What If...Scarlet Witch Ended the 'House of M' by Saying, "No More Powers?"'
#164 Wolverine (2003)
- 'The Hunted, Part Three'
#74 Wolverine: Wendigo! (2010)
- 'One Percenter, Part Two / A Mile in My Moccasins, Part Two'
- 'The Boneyard, Part 1'
Video Game Appearances:
Marvel Ultimate Alliance (2006)
Hood's Criminal Syndicate (Marvel)
Masters of Evil (Marvel)
Wrecking Crew (Marvel)
Famous Quotes: - Add a Famous Quote
< Previous Character | Next Character >
Add this character to a run of issues in a title
Suggest an image for this character
View the contribution history for this character