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Real Name
Current Alias
Great Defender
Apparently "Stormy" was his real name.
Will Von Hammer (grandson)
Base Of Operations
A large city in southern California, within one day's driving distance of Death Valley

Unusual Features
In his civilian identity, Stormy wore glasses; in his crime-fighting identity, he wore a fake mustache.
Marital Status
Pharmacy Clerk
First appearance
Last appearance


Stormy Foster was a pharmacy assistant who worked at Vaughan's Cut Rate Drugs, a pharmacy located in a big city somewhere in southern California. The pharmacy was run by the elderly Dr. Vaughan. Stormy was his meek but loyal right-hand man, before and after he discovered a vitamin that, when ingested, would give superhuman strength. He used this vitamin to become the superhero known as the Great Defender. He was occasionally assisted by Ah Choo, a smart, brave, energetic Chinese-American boy, with a really unfortunate speech pattern, who also worked for the drugstore.

After he got his powers, he continued to work for Dr. Vaughan, who rarely questioned his assistant's tendency to disappear for several hours at a time. In this capacity, he was a soda jerk (at the time, sodas were primarily blended and sold in pharmacies), a delivery man, a cashier, and whatever else Dr. Vaughan needed him to be, to keep the business running. Towards the end of Foster's published adventures, it was apparent that Doc Vaughan did indeed know about his assistant's double identity. Ah Choo never did figure it out.

During his short, violent career, the Great Defender personally, often inadvertently, and typically under desperate circumstances, killed at least ten bad guys. He also was knocked unconscious not less than seven times.

Little is known about Stormy's life before or after his published appearances (Hit Comics #s 18 ~ 34). What is known is that he eventually had a daughter who served in the U.S. military. His grandson, William Von Hammer, worked as a private detective in Bonn, Germany. William inherited a portion of his grandfather's superhuman endurance, indicating that Foster's unique vitamin treatment made some permanent changes in his DNA.

Character Powers and Equipment

Powers and AbilitiesEdit


  • Transformation: When Stormy took the power-giving vitamin, he gained the strength, speed and endurance of ten men.


  • Power Limitation: The effect wore off after an uncertain period of time, but the original stories were never consistent about how long that would take.



  • The Great Defender packed a paralysis-gas pistol, and formulated his own supply of the gas. This weapon was usually concealed under his short red cape. After the first few stories, it was never seen again.

Appearances, Images, and QuotesEdit

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