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(Daniel Dunbar)

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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game


Dyna-Mite (Daniel Dunbar) is a Golden Age  character, who appeared in 1942/43 in Star-Spangled Comics. He then appeared a fair bit in 1980s Roy Thomas books set during the 1940s.

The following isn’t a full profile. The goal back then was to dust up his then-difficult-to-find Mayfair stats, and to append some basic data from DC Comics sourcebooks for context.


  • Real Name: Daniel Dunbar.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: Mr. and Mrs. Fred Dunbar (parents).
  • Base Of Operations: Denver, Colorado (also All-Star Squadron in the Perisphere, New York City).
  • Group Affiliation: All-Star Squadron, later Young All-Stars.
  • Height: 5’5” Weight: 127lbs.
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Brown


Powers and Abilities

By pressing his two dyna-rings together, Dyna-Mite triggered a chemical reaction that charged him with an unknown form of energy. That gave him super-powers for a brief period of time. By pressing the rings together again, Dyna-Mite could renew his powers.

The energy enabled him to project energy blasts from his hands, with effects comparable to a hand grenade.

Dyna-Mite was a very good hand-to-hand combatant.


Danny Dunbar was the star pupil of Thomas N. Thomas (who was called “Tom” or “Tex” for short). Thomas was a high school chemistry and physical education teacher in the early 1940s.


One evening, while Thomas and Dunbar were working on an experiment, Thomas’ hand accidentally touched Dunbar’s. Both teacher and student found themselves feeling much stronger.

Thomas realized that each of them had somehow absorbed the chemicals with which they had been working. By touching each other, Thomas and Dunbar became charged with an unknown form of energy and briefly possessed superhuman powers.

They decided not to reveal their discovery publicly, for fear that it would be misused. Instead, they used their new super-powers to fight crime as costumed heroes. Thomas became known as T.N.T. and Dunbar as Dan the Dyna-Mite, and both joined the wartime All-Star Squadron.

Thomas and Dunbar each wore a “dyna-ring”. By pressing the rings together, Thomas and Dunbar triggered a chemical reaction that temporarily charged the two heroes with energy.


Disaster at the dam

In April 1942, T.N.T. and Dyna-Mite battled Nazi saboteurs attempting to blow up a dam in Colorado. When the saboteurs fled in a car, T.N.T. and Dyna-Mite gave chase in their own automobile. The saboteurs fired at the pursuing heroes, and one of their bullets hit a tire on T.N.T.’s car.

The heroes’ car veered off the road, crashed and burst into flames. The young hero Iron Munro pulled T.N.T. and Dyna-Mite from their car. But T.N.T. was dead, and his spirit was carried off by the Valkyrie Gudra. Munro took Dyna-Mite to an hospital, where Dunar soon recovered.

On President Franklin Roosevelt’s request, Dyna-Mite joined six other young members of the All-Star Squadron on a cross-country tour. The goal was to encourage the buying of War Bonds, and these seven heroes were nicknamed the “Young All-Stars”.

With Thomas dead, Dyna-Mite believed that he could no longer use his own super-powers. But he soon he learned he could do so by wearing both dyna-rings and pressing them together himself.

It is unknown whether Dyna-Mite survived the war.

An alternate post-war destiny was detailed for Daniel Dunbar in the The Golden Age Elseworld .


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Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Dan the Dyna-Mite

Dex: 05 Str: 03 Bod: 04 Motivation: Uphold good
Int: 04 Wil: 04 Min: 05 Occupation: High School Student
Inf: 05 Aur: 05 Spi: 05 Resources {or Wealth}: 001
Init: 016 HP: 030

Bomb: 07

Bonuses and Limitations:
Bomb power can only be used if he touches the two dyna-rings together (-1) ; previously he had to press his ring against TNT’s (-2).

Martial artist*: 05, Thief (stealth)*: 05

Intensive Training, Rich Family.

Young All-Stars (High).

Age (young), Secret ID.

Compiled by Sébastien Andrivet (stats from World at War, history from Who’s Who).

Source of Character: DCU.