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X-Men, formerly US Marine Corp

Neal Proudstar (father)

Maria Proudstar (mother)

Warpath (brother)



6' 1"

225 lbs (102 kg)




Marital Status

Adventurer, former Marine


Place of Birth
Apache reservation at Camp Verde, Arizona

Place of Death

First appearance
Appearance of Death

Giant-Size X-Men #1
X-Men #95
(October, 1975)


John Proudstar was born on the Apache reservation in Camp Verde, Arizona. During his childhood and adolescence, he proved to be an exceptionally strong and vigorous athlete.

Proudstar, however, regarded himself throughout his life as a loner and an outcast. He wished to prove himself to be a warrior in the tradition of his ancestors, and he was dissatisfied with what he regarded as the complacent lives led by his fellow Apaches on their reservation.


Although too young to join the armed forces, Proudstar lied about his age and entered the United Stated Marines, intending to lead the kind of active life he desired. He became a corporal and earned a number of medals. But still, Proudstar was dissatisfied with his life once his tour of duty was over and he had returned to the reservation.

Proudstar's mutant superhuman strength first manifested itself when, at the age of twenty and using only his bare hands, wrestled and threw a charging bison to save an endangered little girl. This feat earned Proudstar fame among his tribes people on the reservation, but the true nature of his abilities remained unknown until Professor Charles Xavier, founder of the X-Men, a team of superhuman mutant adventurers, discovered him.

Through the use of his mutant-detecting computer Cerebro, Xavier located Proudstar, whom he invited to join the X-Men. The first mission that Proudstar and six other new recruits undertook was the rescue of the original X-Men from the "living island" of Krakoa in the South Pacific. With the exception of Sunfire, all of these new recruits, including Proudstar, decided to stay on and became the "new" X-Men. Xavier gave Proudstar the code name "Thunderbird."

On their next known mission, the new X-Men went to Cheyenne Mountain in the Colorado Rockies, the location of a North American Air Defense command center, which had been taken over by Count Luchino Nefaria as part of an international extortion scheme. After the X-Men had foiled his plans, Nefaria attempted to escape in a small aircraft. Thunderbird managed to climb onto the plane as it took off. Defying Xavier's telepathic warnings to get off the plane, Thunderbird asserted that he was finally going to prove he was a true Apache warrior. Using his superhuman strength, Thunderbird ripped open part of the plane and wreaked havoc on its internal systems. Furiously, Thunderbird pummeled the aircraft until finally it exploded, killing him instantly. Nefaria, however, survived by using a teleportation device.

Thunderbird has been resurrected by Selene Gallio and Eli Bard with the Transmode virus.

Powers and Abilities



Thunderbird was a mutant who possessed a number of superhuman physical capabilities:

Superhuman Strength: Thunderbird was superhumanly strong and could lift approximately 2 tons under optimum conditions.

Superhuman Stamina: Thunderbird's muscles produced less fatigue toxins than the muscles of ordinary humans. He could exert himself at peak capacity for several hours before fatigue began to impair him.

Superhumanly Dense Tissue: Thunderbird's muscle tissue was three times as dense as that of a normal human being's and was distributed in such a way as to give Thunderbird massive shoulders, arms, and thighs. His skin was several times as dense as that of a normal human being's and included an additional layer of leathery epidermis.

Superhuman Durability: Due to the increased density of his skin and muscle tissues, Thunderbird's body was somewhat more resistant to physical injury than an ordinary human. Although far from invulnerable, he was capable of withstanding impact forces and blunt trauma that would have severely crippled or killed an ordinary human with only mild to moderate discomfort.

Superhuman Respiration: Thunderbird's lungs were oversized, and his respiratory system was developed in such a way as to allow him maximum wind and endurance with a minimum of oxygen intake. These features made Thunderbird a natural outdoor fighter and athlete.

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Energy Projection
Fighting Skills


John was an experienced hand-to-hand combatant.



X-Men Stratojet


Conventional knives and rifles


  • John Proudstar's younger brother James would go onto to be a member of the Hellfire Club's Hellions, and a member of the first incarnation of X-Force.
  • Thunderbird would 'return' in the episode of 'Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends' called 'The X-Men Adventure'. Except for super strength and stamina, Thunderbird also possessed the ability to call upon the power of certain animals and manifest them, something that even surprised Iceman as he muttered "I didn't know you could do that!"
  • Len Wein wanted a character to be killed off quickly during the beginning, so that readers would see how serious the new series were. Thunderbird was chosen because they thought he was too similar to Wolverine.


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  1. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z hardcover Vol. 12

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