Captain Thunderstorm was inspired by an old cartoon called Centurions. Protagonists of that one had these rockets and gadgets which would be beamed to them from a satellite orbiting earth, by their commander or whatever- a woman who had disturbing relationship with a chimp, or at least that's what it looked like to me. I was watching it with my kids about five years ago, and I thought how funny it would be if the bits beamed down would not materialize in the right spot with all the tech malfunctions and stuff and if the person got stuck and mangled inside the armor.
With Thunderstorm, I wanted him to be really arrogant and cocky, basically a gun crazy idiot.
He labels anyone he doesn't like a terrorist or the enemy. And does his best to blow the crap out of them.
And then Futurama came out, and Zap Brannigan was exactly what I wanted Thunderstorm to be. For my consolation, I have a drawing of thunderstorm that got published 7 years ago, before the Futurama came out, just to prove that I did not steal from them.
here's original image followed by the one I did recently, where he hits on a pregnant mom with a baby in the stroller:) I did the latter one because I did not know any better.
It's not the sweetest of my work, but hey, everyone has ups and downs :)