Johnny Thunder (II). John Tane’s dying mother made him promise to never use a gun and instead to become a schoolteacher. All well and good, but when he tries to teach peace, rather than enforce it, he is looked down upon by his father, who wanted him to be a shootist. So John puts on make-up and a costume and fights crime as Johnny Thunder, the only law west of the Pecos. He is helped by Black Lightning, the wonder horse. Johnny Thunder has no superpowers but is really good with his guns. He appears in stories with titles like “Johnny Thunder vs. Black Lightning,” “Cheyenne Justice,” and “Challenge of the Aztecs.”

First Appearance: All-American Comics #100 (DC), Aug 1948. 100+ appearances, 1948-1961. Created by Robert Kanigher and Alex Toth.

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