Jonathan "Johnny" Tane was the son of a sheriff and a schoolteacher living in the Mormon settlement of Mesa City, Arizona. While growing up in Mesa City, Johnny's mother makes him promise never to use guns and to instead follow in her footsteps. Johnny became a schoolteacher, but he soon found himself in a situation where violence was required. In order to keep his vow, Johnny created the identity of Johnny Thunder by changing clothes and darkening his hair to black. Thus, "Thunder" is not the character's genuine surname, making it unlikely that any familial connection exists between the two Johnnys.
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
Johnny Thunder did not possess any superhuman capabilities.
- Equestrianism: Johnny Thunder was a capable horseback rider, and cultivated a strong relationship with his horse Black Lightnin'.
- Hand-to-Hand Combat: Johnny Thunder was an accomplished hand-to-hand combatant.
- Firearms: Johnny Thunder was an expert marksman.
- Pedagogy: Unlike many other gunfighters, Johnny Thunder was an educated man, and would often use his intellect to outsmart his adversaries. Failing that however, he could always resort to the use of his sidearms.
Throughout his career as Johnny Thunder, Tane rode a black stallion named Black Lightnin'.
- Colt Revolver: Johnny Thunder utilized two Colt six-shooters.
- 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.
- As was typical of leading characters in popular fiction at the time, Johnny evinced vaguely Judeo-Christian values and beliefs; his precise denominational affiliation (as a Latter-day Saint) was only vaguely hinted at.
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- Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe XI
- Secret Origins (Volume 2) #50
- 91 Appearances of Jonathan Tane (New Earth)
- 37 Images featuring Jonathan Tane (New Earth)
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- Character Gallery: Jonathan Tane (New Earth)
- Jonathan Tane (New Earth) at Wikipedia.org
- Johnny Thunder article at Toonopedia
- Johnny Thunder profile at the Unofficial Guide to the DC Universe
- Johnny Thunder profile at Comicbookdb.com
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