Thundra

Contributed by Mike McDermott

Thundra is a warrior woman and a time traveller from an alternate 23rd century, where Earth has been transformed into Femizonia and is ruled by amazon-like female overlords. Thundra is their Empress and greatest warrior.

She travelled back to the 20th century in order to battle The Thing (Ben Grimm), whom she believed to be the strongest male of all time, in order to prove female superiority. She was recruited into the villain team the Frightful Four, but ended up switching sides and helped the Fantastic Four defeat the villains. Thundra developed a respect for Ben Grimm and believed him to be a worthy mate for herself, but she turned down her advances as he was already involved with someone else.

Thundra remained in the present day for an extended period, and had many adventures alongside various of Earth’s heroes before she eventually returned to Femizonia. Some time later Femizonia became at war with the male-dominated world of Polemachus, and Thundra faced off in personal combat with their ruler, Arkon. During the battle, their anger turned to lust and the two became romantically involved.

Thundra ruled Polemachus by Arkon’s side for a time, but eventually they parted and Thundra returned to Earth. For a brief period she was a member of an all-female team of heroes who called themselves the Liberators. Thundra expressed a romantic attraction to the She-Hulk while they served together in the Liberators, but She-Hulk did not reciprocate.

 

More recently, Thundra joined the Squadron Supreme, and remained with the team until they disbanded. Afterwards she reunited with her teenage daughter Lyra, and journeyed to Weirdworld with her.

Although Thundra revealed her bisexuality during Peter David’s She-Hulk run, she has thus far only been shown romantically involved with men. Whether it be man or woman, Thundra’s tastes have always leaned towards physically powerful warriors who could be her equal in battle.

Thundra first appeared in Fantastic Four #129 (1972). She was outed as bisexual in She-Hulk #34 (2008).

Thundra created by Roy Thomas and John Buscema.

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August 17, 2017
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