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The Wrecker told Thunderball and other members of the Wrecking Crew to hold the crowbar during a lightning storm. A lightning bolt hit the crowbar, distributing the crowbar among the four of them. Thunderball was also part of the villains assembled by the Beyonder during Secret Wars. Thunderball's real identity is Dr. Eliot Franklin a Physicist with a Ph.D in physics, who possesses a Genius level I.Q. His genius is made apparent by the fact that he created the Gamma ray bomb, something that Dr. Bruce Banner was unable to do. He also later miniaturized the Gamma ray bomb.


Thunderball was created by Len Wein and Sal Buscema in 1974 and first appeared in The Defenders # 17.


Thunderball's trademark weapon is his ball and chain. This weapon has magical properties and will return to Thunderball whenever he throws it as a projectile attack. The ball and chain is nearly indestructible and Thunderball is capable of deflecting bullets when he spins it in front of him with tremendous speed.

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