active in pre-modern era, at least (presumably 1964-1974 A.D.)
Group Membership: Formerly Churchill Prep and an unidentified university student bodies
Affiliations: Martin Cunningham, Gus, Kit, Mr. Peterson, Nurse Stanton, unidentified artist/witness
Enemies: Martin Cunningham
Known Relatives: Gerry Thornehill (father, deceased/presumably vampirized), Carla Thornehill (mother, deceased/presumably vampirized);
Martin Cunningham (adoptive father)
Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
formerly an unspecified location in New England;
formerly Churchill Prep, somewhere in New England;
formerly his parent's house/the Thornehill place, somewhere in New England
Education: Presumably at least a Bachelor of Science or ArtsFirst Appearance: Vampire Tales#8/3 (December, 1974)
Powers/Abilities: Jason had no special abilities, but he was brave and willing to take risks and to confront and stake a vampire.
College educated, he had some degree of above average knowledge, and he appeared to be driven to succeed.
Height: Unrevealed (approximately 6'1" as an adult)
Weight: Unrevealed (approximately 205 lbs.)
Eyes: Unrevealed (black and white story; dark, so likely either brown or dark green or dark blue)
Hair: Dark brown (apparently; again, black and white story)
(Vampire Tales#8/3 (fb) - BTS) - Jason was a student at Churchill Prep (presumably short for Preparatory Academy or School).
After Peterson changed his tune and assured him there would be no punishment, Martin told Jason that perhaps he would see him after school as they had a great deal about which to talk. Though grateful, Jason nonetheless felt a chill through his spine.
(Vampire Tales#8/3 (fb) - BTS) - Jason was disappointed when Martin did not show up after school.
(Vampire Tales#8/3 (fb)) - After sunset, Martin flew onto campus as a bat, descending to Earth and returning to human form unseen before greeting Jason.
(Vampire Tales#8/3 (fb) - BTS) - Martin and Jason had a long talk, although something in Martin's manner disturbed Jason.
(Vampire Tales#8/3 (fb) - BTS) - Traveling to the Thornehill place, Martin fatally drained and drank the blood of Jason's parents, Carla and Gerry Thornehill. Hearing Carla's scream, an unidentified neighbor returning from a party rushed to see what was wrong and observed Martin's actions.
(Vampire Tales#8/3 (fb) - BTS) - The witness escaped unharmed, and he apparently told others what he had seen but no one believed him. Haunted by the events, the man eventually descended into alcoholism.
(Vampire Tales#8/3 (fb)) - The next day, Kit -- informed and accompanied by Mr. Peterson -- awakened Jason and told him of his parents' death.
(Vampire Tales#8/3 (fb) - BTS) - Believing his parents to have died (perhaps accidentally, rather than having been killed), Jason spent the next two days in a fog. As he did not have any other relatives, friends of his father made the arrangements for the funeral and the burial.
(Vampire Tales#8/3 (fb)) - Even standing over his parents' graves, Jason still could not believe they were dead. He saw Martin waiting for him, and Martin comforted Jason, telling him he would see about adopting him.
(Vampire Tales#8/3 (fb)) - In the ensuing years, which Jason would considered to have passed quickly and to have been "strange but pleasant," Martin treated Jason as his heir: He sent Jason to the best schools, dressed him in the best clothes, and eventually provided him with the best cars.(Vampire Tales#8/3 (fb) - BTS) - Jason came across a 10-year-old Daily Bugle headline article describing his parents as having been slain in a "bizarre blood ritual."
Comments: Created by Carla & Gerry Conway and Alfredo Alcala.
The first names of Carla and Gerry Thornehill were revealed in Vampires: The Marvel
More detail was provided here, as there wasn't room for all of the information in the printed book (additionally, Carla & Gerry's information came in after all of the space for headshots was filled): http://www.marvunapp.com/ohotmu/appendixes/vaapp.htm
The first names of Jason's parents were obviously in homage to writers Gerry & Carla Conway.
Being fatally drained by a vampire is the most consistent means by which a person is transformed into a vampire, so Jason's parents would most likely have become vampires. They were buried two days after their deaths, and most vampires revive three days after their mortal deaths. However, perhaps Martin wished to prevent this, and he visited their graves and staked them or something.
Martin was likely revived by the prophecy fulfilled in Blade III#12 that brought back every vampire that had ever perished. The same is true for Carla and Gerry Thornehill, assuming they were vampirized as expected.
Jason's age was not specified...I had thought it said that he was 10 years-old, but there are tons of references to ten years since his parents death and I think I may have misread a reference to the headline of his parents' death being from a 10-year-old newspaper. Regardless, the kids look like they could have been anywhere from 10-14-years-old. Jason was a few inches taller than either of his friends, and he was about up to the chin of Martin Cunningham, whose height I estimated to be 5'11". Ballparking Jason at 5' tall at that point, if his two friends were average height for their age, that fits with them being 11-years-old and being born circa 1953...ish.Stories that occur without any direct ties to the modern Marvel Universe are typically considered to have occurred at the time of publication and outside of the sliding timescale. As this story covered a 10 year flashback and was printed in 1974, I would think the earliest portions of the story would have taken place in 1964. The end point of the story was considered the present time of the narrator, Jason Thornehill. Regardless, Jason's sideburns and the style of the clothing fits for the 70s for me.
Jason Thornehill could be a candidate for the Legion of Night, if anyone remembers them!
Jason is additionally pictured in a number of images in Martin Cunningham's profile.
Profile by Snood.
Jason Thornehill should be distinguished from:
Vampire Tales#8/3: "The Inheritance" (December, 1974) - Carla & Gerry Conway (writers), Alfredo Alcala (artist), Marv Wolfman (editor), Tony Isabella (consulting editor)
First posted: 06/18/2022
Last updated: 07/29/2022
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