Dc Comics · Golden Age

1954 Feb

All-Star Western 75

Johnny Thunder “The Scarecrow Hero”

We open in Mesa City where the ‘crazy hat gang’ had stuck a scarecrow version of Johnny Thunder on main street. They then ride down the street, shooting the effigy. They say that is what will happen if Thunder shows his face, and tells the townsfolk the sheriff is their prisoner. John, while still dressed as a school teacher, walks up to them and tells them they will never escape the law and that their kind had no place in the west. Two of the gang literally pick John up on their leader’s orders and toss him through a window.

Somehow unhurt he waits for a bit and then calls his horse, and changes to the western hero. To keep hidden, and for the surprise of it I guess, John takes the scarecrow’s place and manages to get a few before a bullet hits him. He flees, but it is a ruse, and as the gang chase his horse he drops on one of them. He then leaps at the two remaining men and does the classic riding two horses by standing on their back trick. Then he has the men lead him to his father (the sheriff).

Dc Comics · Golden Age

1953 Dec

All-Star Western 74

Johnny Thunder

John happens to be outside of a bank when it is robbed, and as the ride away he jumps from a rooftop, tackles them off heir horses and takes them in. The sheriff is thankful but starts going on about how he wishes it were his own son bringing in crooks, and that he’s wasted as a teacher. You know what fuck him. John does a good job as Thunder, but he does just as much good for the world as a teacher. Not everyone is meant to be a policeman or whatever, and it’s not like John is doing something useless!

Well rant over; back to the story. John Tane heads to work and he finds a man dressed as his other identity, who tells him his father has been thrown from a horse and he was sent to fetch him. He goes with the fake to learn what is going on and as they ride out he is hit on the back of the head, and when he wakes he is tied up. Oh dear. They tell him that he is bait for a trap for the real Thunder, who of course is John. If anyone else tries to save him John will be killed. Johnny knows he must reappear as Thunder and save himself, and wracks his brain for the answer. The feeling of the hot sun on his back give him an idea.

He shakes off his glasses and picks them off with his teeth, then focuses he sun’s rays through them onto the rope that bound him. Free, he gathers up a spare costume, darkens his hair and heads out to meet his kidnappers. In order to get the jump on them he lets them think they have shot him and comes up to them from under the river, and comes out shooting. It doesn’t take long for them to surrender.