Thunderbolt (DC Comics)

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Thunderbolt appearing in the cover art of JSA (vol. 1) #21
Art by Alan Davis
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceFlash Comics #1 (January 1940)
Created byJohn B. Wentworth
Stan Aschmeier
In-story information
Alter egoYz
Species5th Dimension Jinn
Team affiliationsJustice Society of America
All-Star Squadron
Justice League
Reality Warping

The Thunderbolt is both the name of a fictional character appearing in comics published by DC Comics and the name of other fictional genies within the 5th dimension. The primary Thunderbolt is Yz, originally portrayed as a genie-like character who hosts Johnny Thunder and Jakeem Thunder and appeared as an original member of the Justice Society of America.

Publication history[edit]

Thunderbolt (Yz) first appeared in Flash Comics #1, published with a cover date of January 1940, and was created by John Wentworth and Stan Aschmeier.[1][2][3]

Fictional character biography[edit]

Yz is a 5th Dimension Jinn who resided in a pen that was entrusted to Johnny Thunder on his birthday where the Badhnesians would use it to rule the world. This plan was thwarted when Badhnesia was attacked by a neighboring country.[4][5] Later on, Johnny Thunder became aware of Thunderbolt's existence and the summoning word "cei-u."[6]

During Johnny Thunder's time with the Justice Society of America, his control over Thunderbolt was weakening due to a spell cast by Badhnesian priests.[7]

When Johnny Thunder started suffering from symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, he loses track of a pen in which the Thunderbolt is being stored. The pen eventually ends up in the ownership of a young African American boy named Jakeem Williams, who takes up the name Johnny Jakeem Thunder or Jakeem Thunder.[8]

In a later battle with Solomon Grundy, Jakeem unwittingly cures Johnny Thunder of Alzheimer's thanks to Thunderbolt. However, Johnny immediately falls prey to the Ultra-Humanite, who takes over Johnny's body in order to command the Thunderbolt's powers. In the "Stealing Thunder" storyline, Jakeem is one of several heroes left free from Ultra-Humanite's control. Eventually Jakeem wrests control of the Thunderbolt back from Ultra-Humanite, but Johnny Thunder loses his life. Jakeem then wishes that the Thunderbolt could save Johnny somehow, so the genie chooses to merge with Johnny, creating a new being with the memories of both. He later assumes the name Johnny Thunderbolt.[9]

In the "DC Rebirth" reboot, it was mentioned that Johnny Thunder lost Thunderbolt after Joseph McCarthy had him reveal his secret.[10]

Other characters[edit]

Other Thunderbolts:

  • Mzzttexxal is a parasitic energy being from an unknown planet. She bonded with a private detective named Jonni Thunder.[11]
  • Zzlrrrzzzm is a parasitic energy being from an unknown planet and is the lover of Mzzttexxal. He later became bonded to Skyman.[12]
  • Mildred is the Thunderbolt's wife.[13]
  • Shocko is the Thunderbolt's son.[13]

Other characters named Thunderbolt:

In other media[edit]

Thunderbolt (Yz) appeared in several episodes of the television series Justice League Unlimited, including "Initiation", "The Greatest Story Never Told", and "Destroyer."


  1. ^ "DC's 'Rebirth': Decoding the Superhero Comic Book Relaunch". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  2. ^ "CEI-U! Did Johnny Thunder Banish the JSA? Can He Bring Them Back for Rebirth?". Newsarama. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Doomsday Clock #3, Annotated Part 2 - The JSA 'Returns,' Doom Patrol & Arkham". CBR. 26 January 2018.
  4. ^ Flash Comics 1: 34-35 (January 1940), All-American Publications
  5. ^ Flash Comics 8: 32 (August, 1940), All-American Publications
  6. ^ Flash Comics 2: 35 (February, 1940), All-American Publications
  7. ^ E. Nelson Bridwell (w), Kurt Schaffenberger (p), Frank Chiaramonte (i). "The Rescue of His Majesty, Johnny Thunder" Superman Family 204 (November/December, 1980), DC Comics
  8. ^ JLA #26
  9. ^ JSA #46
  10. ^ DC Universe: Rebirth one-shot (May 2016)
  11. ^ Jonni Thunder #1. DC Comics.
  12. ^ Infinity Inc. #41. DC Comics.
  13. ^ a b Flash Comics #69
  14. ^ Action Comics #45. DC Comics.

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