"Make Way for Captain Thunder!": Young boy Willie Fawcett materializes in a Metropolis alleyway in time to see Superman fly overhead and asks a passerby who he is. He finds that the bus costs more than he remembers and when he arrives wh
Appearing in "Make Way for Captain Thunder!"
- Monster League of Evil (Flashback only)
- Merokee (Flashback only) (Single appearance)
Synopsis for "Make Way for Captain Thunder!"
Young boy Willie Fawcett materializes in a Metropolis alleyway in time to see Superman fly overhead and asks a passerby who he is. He finds that the bus costs more than he remembers and when he arrives where he expects his usual WHAM-TV to be, he sees Galaxy Communications instead. This leads him to speculate that he may have traveled forward in time. Superman flies by again, chasing what appears to be a giant lizard and Fawcett rubs his belt buckle and yells, "Thunder!" to transform into Captain Thunder. Superman quickly dispatches the lizard—which is actually a complex illusion meant to distract him while thieves in a helicopter try to rob an armored car. Thunder attempts to stop them but is interrupted by Superman and the two briefly come to blows. Thunder transforms back to Fawcett while Superman chases the criminals. The boy enters the Galaxy building and ends up in the office of Clark Kent where he tells him the story of Thunder's origin. While on a camping trip with fellow orphans, Fawcett saw a white owl fly by him and followed it into a cave where he met with Merokee, a great medicine man of the Mohegan tribe who tells him that a local legend foretold his arrival. Merokee gives him a belt that will empower him with seven spiritual powers:
- Tornado: power
- Hare: speed
- Uncas: bravery
- Nature: wisdom
- Diamond: toughness
- Eagle: flight
- Ram: tenacity
Merokee vanishes into the air, leaving Fawcett with the mission to use these powers to fight evil. During a recent battle against the Monster League of Evil (made up of a mummy, vampire, werewolf, and Frankenstein's monster-type villains), he crossed a space-and-time barrier to leave the monsters in a void but when he tried to return to his world, he somehow ended up in another world. Kent informs him that no one has any memory of Captain Thunder or the Monster League, so he offers to take the boy to police headquarters.
Lois Lane accompanies them to write a story on Willie. As they approach the station, Kent uses his X-ray vision to see that a jail break is in progress. In the commotion, Kent and Fawcett change into their superhero alter egos. Thunder is convinced that Superman is a villain and attempts to fight him, allowing the actual criminals to flee. The two heroes have a long fight using all of their powers to a stalemate until Superman tricks Thunder into saying the word "thunder" while pushing his hand against his belt buckle, thus transforming him back into Fawcett.
Superman explains to the child that Captain Thunder is under the influence of the Monster League. He convinces Willie to transform again while he is stuck in a headlock and Superman implores Thunder to use the wisdom of Nature to see through the mind control. He realizes that he took a slightly incorrect route to get back to his home universe and then disappears in a magical flash.
Clark meets up with Lois for dinner and tells her that Fawcett/Thunder managed to find his way home.
- The story is clearly a pastiche of Captain Marvel. DC fought a long legal battle against the character's first publisher, Fawcett Comics for infringing on Superman, which ended up bankrupting the company. DC eventually bought the rights to all of Fawcett's characters and publications. In addition to the similarity in looks, powers, and origin, Thunder also mentions being the "world's mightiest mortal" which is a nickname for Captain Marvel and mocks Superman with the name "Big Blue Cheese"—another of Marvel's nicknames is the "Big Red Cheese".
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