Peachy Pet Thunder
Residence: Mobile, dependent on Johnny Thunder
Occupation: Willful child
First Appearance (Golden Age): Flash Comics #21 (September 1941).
Nothing is known of the very early life of the child that
would be named Peachy Pet before she encountered John L. Thunder in the fall of
1941. Kept at an orphanage with similarly aged children, she attended a
local rodeo presentation with her class.
Johnny and his girlfriend Daisy Darling took pity on the children and
with the surreptitious use of his Thunderbolt, induced a nearby candy vendor to
supply the kids with treats. In the rush
to get them, a small girl – Peachy Pet – falls into the ring with a bull
requiring rescue from Johnny. Bonding
with her, Johnny declares that he will adopt her and joins the rodeo as a star
perfomer. Aided by the Thunderbolt,
Johnny wins every round and eventually, the regular rodeo performers begin to
fear for the livelihood and stage accidents for Johnny that in turn are
thwarted by the Thunderbolt. Desperate,
they decide to kill Johnny and when Peachy Pet overhears them, she throws herself
at their mercy and pledges to tell Johnny their fears. Moved, the performers stand down and Johnny
abandons his rodeo career, going home with Peachy Pet (Flash Comics #21).
Peachy Pet proved a handful, willful and undisciplined. She was in constant trouble in school (Flash
Comics #22) and formed her own gang of misfits, with whom to get in more
trouble (Flash Comics #24). She
accompanied Johnny everywhere including the Amazon (Flash Comics #27). In the
summer of 1942, Johnny joined the Navy, leaving Peachy Pet with his
parents. Undeterred, Peachy Pet stowed
away and after saving the ship became a mascot and good luck charm for the
crew. She stayed off and on the ship
until Johnny was discharged nearly two years later (Flash Comics #53). From there, she and Johnny spend several
months in Hollywood trying to make it big but after several flops and rip-offs,
found themselves back in the ancestral Thunder home (Flash Comiics #64).
An interesting aspect of Peachy Pet is she periodically
assumed control of the Thunderbolt (Flash Comics #22, 30) and engaged in a partnership
with Shocko, the “son” of the Thunderbolt (Flash Comics #69). Peachey could even summon Shocko with her own
phrases “Sez me”. She and Shocko engage
in antics such as bringing home a horse (Flash Comics #71), turning Peachy’s birthday
into a fiasco (Flash Comics #73), rescuing amnesiac Johnny from crooked
scientists (Flash Comics #75) and even travel back in time (Flash Comics #80). The extent of her relationship with the
Thunderbolts are not clear.
In 1948, Peachy was approaching puberty and Johnny, losing control of the Thunderbolt, was lured back to Badhnesia (Superman #204). Where Peachy Pet grew to adulthood and her fate after this point on Earth-Two is unknown.
The history of Peachy Pet is thought to be largely similar to her Earth-Two counter part. It is know by the later 20th century she had borrowed several thousand dollars from Johnny on a get-rich-quick scheme for frozen yogurt. Thunder soon disappeared with the rest of the Justice Society to fend off Ragnarok and by the time he emerged, "Peachy's" was one of America's largest chains (Justice Society of America Vol. 1 #5).
At some point after this, the matronly Peachy either died or was transformed into a thunderbolt, rejoining the immortal Shocko in the 5th dimension. There she was part if a rebellion against Qwisp, tho how she got there and her ultimate fate in this timeline have not been revealed (JSA#78-80).
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