Thunderbird (Marvel)(01 - John Proudstar)
Real Name: John Proudstar
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Thunderbird’s muscle tissue was several times denser than that of a normal human’s, granting him superhuman strength, stamina, and speed. His skin was also extremely dense, affording him heightened resistance to physical injury.
An exceptionally strong and vigorous athlete in his youth, John Proudstar’s mutant abilities first manifested when he wrestled a charging bison to save a young girl. Proudstar became dissatisfied with the seemingly complacent lives led by his tribespeople on the Apache Indian reservation in Camp Verde, Arizona, and he sought to prove he was a warrior in the tradition of his ancestors.
Eventually, Proudstar lied about his age to join the United Stated Marines. Attaining the rank of corporal, he earned a number of medals, including one for rescuing the pilot of a helicopter downed by a thunderstorm during which he witnessed what he believed to be a great bird of lightning in the sky.
After his tour of duty was completed, Proudstar returned to the reservation and was soon approached by ex-newspaper reporter Michael Whitecloud for help in investigating a series of mysterious cancer diagnoses, including Proudstar’s mother. The pair uncovered illegal experiments performed by Doctor Edwin Martynec, himself a mutant who could transform into a hybrid coyote creature. Proudstar battled Martynec before he escaped after setting off an explosion that destroyed his laboratory.
Later, Professor Charles Xavier, founder of the team of superhuman mutant adventurers known as the X-Men, recruited Proudstar as a member of the second generation of X-Men, giving him the codename Thunderbird. Soon after, the new X-Men opposed Count Nefaria, who had taken over the North American Air Defense (NORAD) command center in Cheyenne Mountain in an international extortion scheme. Defeated by the X-Men, Nefaria attempted to escape in a small aircraft, but Thunderbird jumped onto the plane as it took off. Defying Xavier’s telepathic warnings to get off the plane, Thunderbird sought to prove he was a true Apache warrior and, using his superhuman strength, pummeled the aircraft until it exploded, killing him instantly.
First Appearance: Giant-Size X-Men (1975) #1
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Amazing X-Men (2014)
#19 Black Panther (2005)
- 'The Once and Future Juggernaut Epilogue: Enough'
#14 Chaos War: X-Men (2011)
- 'Bride of the Panther, Part One'
Classic X-Men (1986)
#1 Dark Angel (1992)
- 'First Night'#3
- 'Elegy & Her First and Last'
#61 Giant-Size X-Men (1975)
- 'Funeral for a Freak, Part 1 of 4: 'Nuff Said!'
#1#3 Giant-Size X-Men (Faksimile) (1999)
- 'Finding Home!'
Marvel Collectible Classics: X-Men (1998)
Marvel Encyclopedia (2002)
Marvel Limited: X-Men Famous Firsts (1995)
HC Marvel Trois-Dans-Un X-MEN (1981)
- 'Marvel Limited: X-Men Famous Firsts'
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Book of the Dead 2004 (2004)
Rampage Monthly (1978)
#8 Star Trek: The Next Generation/X-Men: Second Contact (1998)
- 'Hulk: A Gathering of Doom ~ X-Men : Second Genesis'
The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
HC The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1983)
- 'The Marvel Encyclopedia'
#14 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
- 'Book of the Dead and Inactive 2 : Marvel Boy to Zuras'
#20 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
- 'Book of the Dead (Stick to Zuras)'
The Uncanny Dave Cockrum... A Tribute (2004)
Uncanny X-Men (1963)
#94 Uncanny X-Men (2013)
- 'The Doomsmith Scenario!'#95
- 'Night of the Demon!'#138
#176 Wolverine And Deadpool (2010)
- 'The Logan Files, Epilogue'
#12 Wolverine and the X-Men (2014)
- 'The X-Men Strike!'
#10 Wolverine and the X-Men Magazine (2009)
- 'Wolverine is Dead - Eulogy, Part One'
Wolverine Saga (1989)
#1 Wolverine: Origins (2006)
- 'Book One: Beginnings'
#33 X Necrosha (2009)
- 'Weapon XI: Part 1'
X Necrosha: The Gathering (2010)
#-1 X-Force (2008)
- 'Brothers Proudstar'
#10 X-Men Legacy (2008)
- 'Old Ghosts: Part 4'#11
- 'Who The Hell Is Eli Bard?'#23
- 'Necrosha: Chapter Four'#24
- 'Necrosha: Chapter Five'#25
- 'Necrosha: Conclusion'
#212 X-Men Origins: Colossus (2008)
- 'Sins of the Father: Part 2'
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
X-Men: Black Sun (2000)
#2 X-Men: Gold (2014)
- 'Second Spell: Spear the Angel!'
X-Men: Liberators (1998)
#2 X-Men: Odd Men Out (2008)
- 'Home Is Where The Heart Is'
X-Men: Original Sin (2008)
#1 X-Men: Rarities (1995)
- 'Original Sin: Part 1'
X-Men: The Ultra Collection (1994)
X-Men/Dr. Doom '98 (1998)
Xavier Institute Alumni Yearbook (1996)
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