12. BANDIT/NIGHT THRASHER
The first Night Thrasher was Dwayne Taylor, founder of the New Warriors, which was introduced in “Thor” #411 (December 1989), written by Tom DeFalco, penciled by Ron Frenz and inked by Joe Sinott. Bandit is Donyell Taylor, Night Thrasher’s half-brother, who was born as a result of a one-night-stand his father had. Donyell resented Dwayne for growing up with wealthy parents, but Dwayne felt no privilege; he had witnessed his parents being murdered and was raised by their killers, who wanted to use him for their own ends. As the vigilante Night Thrasher, Dwayne fought crime but often argued that his New Warriors teammates were too timid. Donyell later took on the guise of Bandit in “Night Thrasher” #3 (October 1993), in a story written by Fabian Nicieza, penciled by Ken Lashley and Fred Haynes with several inkers. To prove he could outdo Night Thrasher, Bandit began attacking his foes. He directly battled Night Thrasher twice, winning the first time and losing the second.
Dwayne is killed in the Stamford incident in “Civil War” #1. Afterward, Donyell forms a new team of New Warriors, adopting the Night Thrasher guise in “New Warriors”#4 (August 2007).
Jose Delgado found that being a schoolteacher wasn’t enough of a way for him to serve his community in Metropolis’ Suicide Slum. A former Golden Gloves boxer, Delgado resolved to take the fight to the gangs as Gangbuster. But a battle against the villain Combattor left him paralyzed. While he was out of commission, a new Gangbuster came on the scene, one more violent and brutal than Delgado, but his identity was a mystery.
The mystery was revealed in “Superman” #27 (January 1989), in a story written by Roger Stern, Kerry Gammill and Brett Breeding, when the new Gangbuster fought the Guardian and his outfit was torn, uncovering Superman’s costume! Superman had taken on the Gangbuster guise unconsciously, because of a nervous breakdown he suffered from guilt over his experience in the Time Trapper’s pocket universe. There, he encountered three escapees from the Phantom Zone who destroyed nearly all life on that Earth — and decided, for the safety of other lives elsewhere, that he had to execute them. This happened in “Superman” #22 (October 1988), written and drawn by John Byrne.