Star-Spangled Kid (DC)(01 - Sylvester Pemberton)
Real Name: Sylvester Pemberton
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No meta-human powers. Excellent physical conditioning and hand-to-hand fighting skills. First adventured solely on these skills along. After a time, however, he started to use a semi-retired Starman's cosmic rod. Later, he employed the "cosmic converter belt", which had the same basic functionality of the rod. Still later, the belt was depowered, allowing him only to fly.
He's just a guy in a suit, at the end of the day.
When someone at Pat Dugan's auto-repair shop mentioned that they wished the American flag could come to life on the battlefield and kick some Nazi ass, Sylvester Pemberton got an idea. Having gained some confidence in hand-to-hand combat with Nazi agents at a local movie theatre, he decided to make a costume that resembled the American flag, and begin a double life as a "man of mystery".
He teamed with a reluctant Dugan, who had taken the name "Stripesy" and had already begun adventuring on his own. (Like Pemberton, Dugan has been inspired by the comments of the man in his auto repair shop.) This partnership that would rarely be seen separately. Oddly, the Kid was the lead hero, and Stripesy, his sidekick--despite the fact that Pemberton was very much younger than Dugan. This was perhaps for classist reasons: Pemberton was from a very wealthy family and Dugan was "just" a mechanic. Indeed, when not in uniform, Dugan became the Pemberton family chauffeur.Pemberton seemingly spent all of his career looking for a home among other superheroes. He initially went with the the All-Star Squadron, then the JSA, then the original Seven Soldiers of Victory, then formed Infinity, Inc.
His exact time line is open to some debate, however, as it appears different when viewed by publication date rather than by the internal DCU calendar.
Moreover, his own personal chronology is significantly muddled by the fact that, as a member of the Seven Soldiers, he was apparently thrown back in time 50,000 years, then brought back to the 20th century many years after he had left it. He may have additionally spent some portion of his later life on Earth 1, rather than his native Earth 2.
In adulthood, he would become known as "Skyman"--but that's genuine trivia, as the bulk of his stories occur as the "Star-Spangled Kid".
First Appearance: Star Spangled Comics (1941) #1
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Adventure Comics (1938)
All Star Comics (1999)
All-American Comics (1999)
All-Star Comics (1940)
#58 All-Star Squadron (1981)
- 'All Star Super Squad'#59
- 'Brainwave Blows Up!'#60
- 'Vulcan: Son of Fire!'#61
- 'Hellfire and Holocaust!'#62
- 'When Fall The Mighty'#63
- 'The Death of Doctor Fate'#64
- 'Yesterday Begins Today!'#65
- 'The Master Plan Of Vandal Savage'#66
- 'Injustice Strikes Twice!'#67
- 'The Attack Of The Underlord!'#68
- 'Divided We Stand!'#69
- 'United We Fall!'#70
- 'A Parting Of The Ways!'#71
- 'The Deadliest Game in Town!'#72
- 'A Thorn By Any Other Name'#74
- 'World On The Edge Of Ending'
America vs. the Justice Society (1985)
#1 Avengers/JLA (2003)
- 'I Accuse!'#2
- 'Trial By Congress!'#4
- 'D-Day For Degation!'
#4 Binky's Buddies (1969)
- 'The Brave...and the Bold'
Convergence Infinity Inc. (2015)
Convergence Worlds' Finest (2015)
#1 Convergence: Infinite Earths (2015)
- 'The Seven Soldiers of Victory'
#45 Crisis on Infinite Earths (1985)
- 'Monitor Duty'#46
- 'Weapon of War'
#5 Crisis on Multiple Earths (2002)
- 'Worlds In Limbo'#7
- 'Beyond The Silent Night'#9
- 'War Zone'#10
- 'Death at the Dawn of Time'#11
- 'Final Crisis'
DC Comics Classics Library (2009)
HC vol. 08 DC Comics Presents (1978)
- 'Justice League of America by George Pérez, Volume Two'
#38 DC Comics: the Sequential Art of Amanda Conner (2012)
- 'Stop The World--I Want To Go Home!'
HC DC Sampler (1983)
- 'DC Comics: the Sequential Art of Amanda Conner'
DC Universe Holiday Bash (1997)
DC Universe Special: Justice League of America (2008)
DCU Heroes Secret Files (1999)
DCU: Legacies (2010)
Flashback Golden Age Comic Reprints (1970)
#28 Golden Age Secret Files (2001)
- 'World's Finest Comics #7'
#1 Green Lantern (1960)
- 'Golden Age Secret Files & Origins'
History of the DC Universe (1986)
Infinity, Inc. (1984)
Annual 01 JLA: The Nail (1998)
- 'Green Dreams & Precious Illusions'Annual 02
- 'The Degaton Paradox'#1
- 'Generations Part 2: A Gauntlet Hurled!'#3
- 'Generations Part 3: Solomon Grundy Goes Hollywood!'#4
- 'Generations Part 4: Origins and Outcasts!'#5
- 'Generations Part 5: Dead Men's Bluff!'#6
- 'Generations Part 6: Divide -- And Be Conquered!'#7
- 'Generations Part 7: Past Glories -- Future Tears!'#9
- 'Generations Part 9: How Green Was My Victory!'#10
- 'Generations Finale: A Dark and Deadly Place!'#11
- 'Aftermath and Prologue'#12
- 'Press Conference!'#15
- 'Song Without End -- Amen'#16
- 'They Call Him...Mr. Bones!'#17
- 'Home, Sweet Helix!'#18
- 'Helix Goes to Hollywood!* *(More or Less)'#19
- 'Last Crisis On Earth-Two!'#21
- 'Shadows At Midnight!'#22
- 'Uncivil Wars!'#23
- 'Feithera By Stormlight!'#24
- 'Back From The Future!'#25
- 'Business As Usual...'#26
- 'Come Helix and High Water!'#27
- 'Mr. Bones Gonna Rise Again.'#29
- 'Situation Terminal!'#30
- 'What Private Griefs...'#37
- 'The Heritage'#39
- 'The Saga of Solomon Grundy'#48
- 'The Making of A Man'#51
- 'A Death in the Family'
#11 JSA 80-Page Giant 2010 (2010)
- 'The Hunt for Extant: Pt. 1 - Time's Assassin'#14
- 'The Hunt for Extant: Pt. 2 - Chaos Theory'#15
- 'The Hunt for Extant: Pt. 3 - Crime and Punishment'#33
- 'Stealing Thunder, Part 1: Wish Fulfillment'#59
- 'Time and Time and Time Again'
JSA All-Stars (2010)
JSA Secret Files (1999)
JSA Strange Adventures (2004)
#1 JSA: All Stars (2003)
- 'It was a Dark and Stormy Night'#2
- 'Ray Guns and Bug-Eyed Monsters'#3
- 'The Lurker in the Clouds'#4
- 'All in Color for a Dime'#5
- 'Life of a Madman'#6
- 'Thunder and Lightning'
#4 JSA: Classified (2005)
- 'A Star is Born'#8
- 'And Justice for All'
#4 Justice League of America (1960)
- 'Power Trip, Part IV'
#100 Justice Society of America (2007)
- 'The Unknown Soldier of Victory!'#101
- 'The Hand That Shook the World'#102
- 'And One of Us Must Die!'#147
- 'Crisis in the 30th Century!'#159
- 'Crisis From Yesterday!'#160
- 'Crisis From Tomorrow!'#166
- 'The Long Way Home'#183
- 'Where Have All The New Gods Gone?'#193
- 'Secret of Genesis'#195
- 'Targets On Two Worlds'
#1 Justice Society of America: A Celebration of 75 Years (2015)
- 'The Next Age, Chapter 1'#26
- 'Black Adam Ruined My Birthday!'#50
Last Days of the Justice Society Special (1986)
Special Leading Comics (1941)
- 'The Last Days Of The Justice Society'
#1 Legends of the Dark Knight: Jim Aparo (2012)
- 'Blueprint For Crime'#2
- 'Beware! The Black Star Shines!'#3
- 'The Tyrants Of Time!'#4
- 'The Sense Master!'#5
- 'The Miracles That Money Couldn't Buy!'#6
- 'The Treasure That Time Forgot'#7
- 'Wizard Of Wisstark!'#8
- 'Exiles In Time!'#9
- 'The Chameleon Of Crime!'#10
- 'King Of The Hundred Isles!'#11
- 'The Hard-Luck Hat!'#12
- 'Million Dollar Challenge!'#13
- 'Trophies Of Crime!'#14
- 'The Bandits From The Books'
Overstreet Comic Book Monthly (1993)
Power Girl (2006)
Secret Origins (1986)
#9 Secret Society of Super-Villains (1976)
- 'Starring The Golden Age Flash & The Star-Spangled Kid'
#12 Star Spangled Comics (1941)
- 'The Plunder Plan!'
Star Spangled Comics (1999)
#1 Starman (1994)
- '...A Terrifying Hour!'
Starman Secret Files (1998)
Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. (1999)
#0 Tales of the Batman: Gerry Conway (2017)
- 'A Chilly Day in Opal'#1
- 'New Kid on the Block'#4
- 'Waking the Dead!'#6
- 'The Subs, Part Two'#9
- 'The Final Hour for the 7 Soldiers of Victory'#11
- 'Knight Time'
The All New Atom (2006)
TPB vol. 03 The Batman Family (1975)
- 'The Hunt For Ray Palmer!'#14
- 'Hunt For Ray Palmer Part Three: Heavens to Bitsy'
The Golden Age (1993)
The Joe Shuster Story: The Artist Behind Superman (2018)
The Phantom Stranger (1969)
Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe (1985)
Who's Who: Update '87 (1987)
#1 World's Finest Comics (1941)
- 'All-Star Squadron to Catalyst'
Young All-Stars (1987)
- 'The Mechanique Paradox'#1
- 'The Coming of the Young All-Stars'#3
- 'A Call To Arms'#6
- 'The War Within!'#7
- 'Somewhere In This Favored Land...'#27
All-Star Squadron (DC)(Earth-2 - Pre Crisis)
All-Star Squadron (DC)(Post Crisis)
Justice Society of America (DC)
Seven Soldiers of Victory (01 - Golden Age)
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