Real Name: Bobby Caswell
Identity/Class: Human, transformed by the life force of a rabbit superhero
Affiliations: Dr.Barko, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Unknown
First Appearance: text story Mass Fan Newsletter;
first visual appearance Comic Crusader Storybook (fanzine collection, 1977)
Powers/Abilities: Superhuman strength, able to fly.
History: Dr. Barko was the last survivor of a race of anthropomorphic beings. He transferred the life essence of his world's greatest hero, Thunder Bunny, into a box shaped device, which he then gave to young Bobby Caswell. When Bobby touched the box, the essence entered into him, and now, whenever Bobby thinks of a giant pink rabbit and claps his hands together, he transforms into Thunder Bunny.
Comments: Created by Martin Greim. Having initially appeared in fan publications, Thunderbunny's first "pro" appearance was in Charlton Bullseye #6 (Charlton, 1982). A creator owned character, Thunderbunny did not become D.C. property when they bought many Charlton characters in the mid-1980s. Instead the character moved to Archie Comics (under the Red Circle Comics imprint), appearing in his own title (one issue), Blue Ribbon #13, and Pep #393. He later had his own series published by WaRP Graphics (and latterly Apple Comics) which lasted 12 issues, with adventures that included team-ups with various (public domain) Golden Age heroes and the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents.
Thanks to Daniel Smith for providing additional details about this character.
CLARIFICATIONS: Not to be confused with
any other Thunder characters
Super Rabbit, another Golden Age leporid superbeing
Hoppy the Marvel Bunny, Fawcett's Golden Age leporid superbeing
Super Rabbit, superpowered alter ego of Bugs Bunny in some cartoons
Any Additions/Corrections? Please let me know.
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