es created by Mort Weisinger
and published by
and Dan the Dyna-mite
first appeared in
World's Finest Comics #5
Thomas N. Thomas was a child of parents with a mean streak, but
overcame his early life to gain a nickname of "Tex" and a
job as a high school chemistry teacher. While a teacher,
Thomas met Dan Dunbar, one of his students who shared his
passion for chemistry. The two often worked after school together
on chemistry experiments. One day after working, the two
touched by accident causing an explosion that charged the two
with energy. The result was that the two were gifted with
incteased speed, strength, and resistance to harm for a brief
The two determined that their experimentation had caused one
of them to become negatively charged and the other positively
charged so that when they touched, there was energy released.
The two decided that they should use their newfound abilities
for the good of others, so they created costumed identities
as TNT and Dan the Dyna-mite. The two used rings to channel
their energy in their disguised identities.
The two became members of the super-hero team the All-Star
Squadron after the attack on Pearl Harbor. They fought
along side other heroes for only a few years before TNT was
killed by the Norse-themed villainess, Gurda the Valkyrie.
Dyna-mite was despondent over the loss of his partner and
retired from heroing for a short time. He had kept both of
the rings which they had used to channel their power and one
day touched the two rings together, discovering that it still
had the same effect upon him. He became active again as a hero
after that point.