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    Default Pesky Johnny Thunder question

    I've read a small handful of not-yet-reprinted Johnny Thunder stories, but nowhere near the majority, so I ask:

    Did Johnny Thunder have a job?

    My impression is that though he's seen working in his debut story, most of the time he's just bopping around fighting crimes, with no visible means of support. I don't think his Silver Age appearances mention a job either.

    Given that most union-suit superheroes still had to work for a living, this seems an odd omission for DC's resident dunderhead.
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    Johnny had multiple jobs: presumably being fired often for being such a screw-up.

    A partial list of Johnny's jobs includes window washer, boxer, G-man, US Naval Seaman, and King of Badhnisia.

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    He was a schoolteacher, wasn't he?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Reptisaurus! View Post
    He was a schoolteacher, wasn't he?
    That was the gunfighter Johnny Thunder from All-American Western.

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    Quote Originally Posted by foxley View Post
    Johnny had multiple jobs: presumably being fired often for being such a screw-up.
    It was less that he was a screw-up and more that his powers inadvertently caused him grief on the job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cei-U! View Post
    That was the gunfighter Johnny Thunder from All-American Western.

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    Yeah, I forgot about the other guy - Who's certainly way more prominent in today's superhero-centric mindset. (I was actually reading my collection of All-American Western (two issues, one coverless) and the Whatever Happened to Johnny Thunder story in DC COMICS PRESENTS today.)
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    I always thought that being the King of Badhnisia left him with a small amount of money...
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    Quote Originally Posted by foxley View Post
    Johnny had multiple jobs: presumably being fired often for being such a screw-up.

    A partial list of Johnny's jobs includes window washer, boxer, G-man, US Naval Seaman, and King of Badhnisia.
    Thanks, that makes sense given the writer's need to plop JT down wherever the story of the day demanded.

    EDIT: It now occurs to me to wonder how a day-jobber ever managed to adopt a little girl, the obnoxious-sounding Peachy Pet. According to one online source, she got a regular job as a yogurt store manager in adulthood. I don't remember any modern author like Johns giving Johnny a regular job any more than did Gardner Fox in the 60s.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gothos View Post
    the obnoxious-sounding Peachy Pet. According to one online source, she got a regular job as a yogurt store manager in adulthood. I don't remember any modern author like Johns giving Johnny a regular job any more than did Gardner Fox in the 60s.
    Didn't JT and Peachy adopt Kiku Thunder?
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    I guess you can ask that question about most of the sidekick types. What did Snapper Carr do ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by icctrombone View Post
    I guess you can ask that question about most of the sidekick types. What did Snapper Carr do ?
    He was a student (at Happy Harbor High School, I guess).

    I believe it was in the same athletic conference as Mayfield, Pleasantville, and Blue Valley.

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    Quote Originally Posted by prince hal View Post
    He was a student (at Happy Harbor High School, I guess).

    I believe it was in the same athletic conference as Mayfield, Pleasantville, and Blue Valley.
    Snapper later went to work for S.T.A.R Labs (in pre-COIE continuity, at least). He later ended up as an agent of Checkmate.

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    Didn't Snapper miss the Johnny Thunder centered Crisis story for taking a college entrance exam? Anyhow, Johnny Thunder's Earth-1 alternate at least had a steady line of work (as a crook).

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    Wasn't Snapper a reporter at one point too (also pre-COIE I think)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by icctrombone View Post
    I guess you can ask that question about most of the sidekick types. What did Snapper Carr do ?
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    Snapper later went to work for S.T.A.R Labs (in pre-COIE continuity, at least). He later ended up as an agent of Checkmate.
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    Wasn't Snapper a reporter at one point too (also pre-COIE I think)?
    In between working at STAR and becoming a Checkmate agent, Snapper lead the space based super hero team the Blasters, returned to Earth, went back to school, got married, then divorced (making $ all this time fixing cars under the table, and maybe a loan or two from his rich uncle at Queen Industries), turned his JL case files into a best seller, hooked up with Young Justice and came into more $ when "some cartoon used him as a reporter" (JLU was on the air at this time, obviously). If he was ever a reporter in the comics themselves, I'm unaware of it.
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