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Real Name

Hustace Throckmorton

First Appearance

Police Comics #15 (1943)

Original Publisher


Created by

Paul Gustavson

Golden Age Origin

Hustace was a meek American man who probably wouldn't have gotten anywhere near a superhero if the local neighborhood boys didn't egg him on to jump off a building, telling him that if Black Condor could fly, than he could, too. Of course, poor Hustace didn't have Black Condor's unique upbringing, so he wound up badly injured. As the doctors tried to patch up Hustace, they had to get a blood transfusion from a man who, unbeknownst to anyone, was secretly the Human Bomb. When Hustace recovered, he gained the Human Bomb's ability to detonate objects by touch, but while the Human Bomb blew things up with his hands, Throckmorton's power worked through his feet. Feeling responsible, the Human Bomb tracked down the terrified Hustace (who had no idea what was going on) and helped him gain control of his newfound abilities with fibro-wax socks.

The grateful Hustace decided to try to help the Human Bomb out. He gained the names "Thunderfoot" or "Boomfoot". Although Hustace often caused more problems than he helped solve, the Bomb took a shine to the man, and made him his partner in Lincoln-Thockmorton Laboratories. Hustace also served as the Human Bomb's official spokesman/manager, which also got him into trouble.

Hustace was fairly inept as a fighter, though his thunderfeet were sometimes useful. He had a girlfriend he referred to as Honey-Bun.

Golden Age Appearances

  • Police Comics #15-17, 23-44, 50-58

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