Thunderlord (Liang Xih-kai)

The Religious Affiliation of
Liang Xih-k’ai

Religion: Buddhist CBR Scale: M

Name: Thunderlord

Alter Ego: Liang Xih-k'ai

Other Names: Thunderlord II

Classification: hero hero  

Publisher(s): DC

First Appearance: The Super Friends (vol. 1) #8 (Nov. 1977): "The Mind Killers!"

Creators: E. Nelson Bridwell, Ramona Fradon, Bob Smith

Super? (Has Super Powers/Special Abilities/Technology): Yes

Number of Appearances: 15

Teams/Affiliations: Global Guardians

Gender: male

Thunderlord (Liang Xih-k'ai)


From: "Banned for using this nic" forum discussion, started 4 April 1999 on the rec.arts.comics.dc.universe newsgroup website (; viewed 12 June 2006):

From: Robert Justus
Date: Mon, Apr 5 1999 12:00 am

To keep this on topic (sorta), why are most heroes not as religious as they could be? ...the only really religious person that's sane that I recall in DCU is Huntress, and I guess Wonder Woman... Anyone else...?

From: David!
Date: Wed, Apr 21 1999 12:00 am

Black Lightning is a Christian, I believe...

Then there's Maya, a Hindu, and wasn't Thunderlord a Buddhist?

From: "Thunderlord", 12 June 2006 on the Wikipedia website (; viewed 12 June 2006):

Thunderlord is the name of a DC Comics superhero... Liang Xih-k'ai is a Buddhist monk who uses his voice like a soundwave. He helped the Black Canary dismantle a bomb on the island of Taiwan. Later on, he assisted the brothers Thunder and Lightning in Vietnam during the Crisis on Infinite Earths. Thunderlord joined the other Global Guardians as pawns of the Queen Bee. He remained loyal to the Queen until she was killed by the Justice League. Like the other brainwashed Global Guardians, Thunderlord rejoined the Global Guardians, but he died at the hands of Fain Y'onia.

This character is in the following story which has been indexed by this website:
The Super Friends (vol. 1) #8 (Nov. 1977): "The Mind Killers!"

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