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Bumbling, foolish, naive, but well-intentioned, Johnny Thunder was a tag-along character enamored of the JSA who followed them around in their early adventures. Because he had unknowingly come into possession of a genie named Thunderbolt, the JSA decided they should make him a member; not so much because hs was the hero type, but so they could keep an eye on him and his uncontrolled power.. According to Wikipedia:
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"John L. Thunder is the seventh son of a seventh son, born at 7 a.m. on Saturday, July 7, the seventh day of the week, the seventh day of the seventh month in 1917. This causes him to be kidnapped and sold to a group of men from the fictional country of Badhnesia who had been looking for someone born at this time on this day. As an infant, Johnny is given possession of the genie-like "Thunderbolt" during a mystic ritual on his seventh birthday, which was intended to allow the Badhnesians to use Johnny to rule the world. However, the plan is soon aborted."
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Johnny Joins the JSA:
All-Star Comics #6
(Aug-Sep. 1941).
Art by Sheldon Moldoff.
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"Johnny eventually returns to the United States and lives an unextraordinary life until one day, while washing windows, he inadvertently summons the Thunderbolt with the magic words cei-u (pronounced "say you") which he accidentally uses to become a successful boxer. Johnny underwent several adventures (each time inadvertently summoning the Thunderbolt via the use of "say, you" in his day-to-day conversation, never realizing the Thunderbolt was responsible for the extraordinary events that befell him) before finally learning of the Thunderbolt's existence"
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"Johnny's appearances with the Justice Society and in his own solo adventures tended to be quite comedic, as Johnny's main personality trait was being fairly dim-witted, which prompts his much-smarter Thunderbolt to possess a sarcastic (if patient) attitude toward his "boss." Despite recurring impatience with his stupidity, his fellow JSAers genuinely valued Johnny's good-heartedness and dedication and considered him a friend. Furthermore, the Thunderbolt's vast power may have contributed to Johnny's continued JSA membership, his frequent blunders notwithstanding, since the more competent heroes doubtlessly thought it wise to keep an eye on the pair whenever possible."
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The model I've designed is patterned directly from one of Johnny's 1st appearances. Thunderbolt's bolt body is bit tricky, so study the diagrams carefully and take your time.

*** I haven't had a chance to build this one yet, so it's still a BETA. I'll post build pics ASAP.***


Happy Modeling!!
The Professor.

 

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