Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Human

Occupation: Criminal, gang leader

Group Membership: Leader of the Coney Island Cruisers

Affiliations: Coney Island Cruisers

Enemies: Captain America, Jacob Kirsch

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Duffy's Bar and Grill, Coney Island

First Appearance: Captain America I#240 (December, 1979)

Powers/Abilities: Big Thunder is unusually strong and agile, capable of tearing down stone pillars. Although he is dangerous in a fight, he is also prone to clumsy behavior.

History: (Captain America I#240)- Big Thunder sent members of the Coney Island Cruisers to drive out Jacob Kirsch so that he could take possession of Kirsch's home and rent it to criminals needing a location to store "hot" items.

When Captain America drove the Cruisers away from Kirsch, they contacted Big Thunder, and he faced Captain America in battle. Although Captain America had the upper hand, the Cruisers captured Jacob Kirsch, and forced Captain America to surrender.

Hoping to impress the mob, Big Thunder had his men hide Kirsch away while he engaged in combat with Captain America for the mob to see. Although stripped of his shield, Captain America was still able to outsmart Big Thunder, and tricked him into smashing his way out of the warehouse they fought in, and gradually led him around Coney Island until they reached the spot where the Cruisers were holding Kirsch. Big Thunder himself broke into the Cruisers' hiding place, after Captain America dodged a clumsy attack. Captain America retrieved his shield from the Cruisers as well, but didn't need it to land a final knock-out blow to Big Thunder, hurtling him down a flight of stairs. Big Thunder's mob connections quickly fled the scene at the sight of his defeat.

Comments: Created by Alan Kupperberg, Paul Kupperberg and Don Perlin.

by Prime Eternal

Big Thunder should not be confused with:

The Coney Island Cruisers, whose ranks included Bobo, Georgie, Cliff, Lou, Tony, Murray Ernie and Bernie, served Big Thunder in his attempt to drive out Jacob Kirsch. Although they were of little use in a fight against Captain America, they managed to hold Kirsch captive while Big Thunder fought Captain America. Later, the Coney Island Cruisers attempted to attack Madcap while he was based on Coney Island, but he was immune to their assaults, and used his powers to drive them crazy.

--Captain America I#240, 309

Images taken from:
Captain America I#240, page 15, panel 2
Captain America I#240, page 22, panel 6
Captain America I#240, page 2, panel 1

Captain America I#309 (September, 1985) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Paul Neary (penciler), Dennis Janke (inker), Mike Carlin (editor)

First Posted: 07/07/2004
Last updated: 08/29/2004

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