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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

Other Identities:
Skyman (01 - Sylvester Pemberton)

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Issue Appearances:
Adventure Comics (1938)
All Star Comics (1999)
All-American Comics (1999)
All-Star Comics (1940)
All-Star Squadron (1981)
America vs. the Justice Society (1985)
Avengers/JLA (2003)
Binky's Buddies (1969)
Clásicos DC (1990)
Convergence Infinity Inc. (2015)
Convergence Worlds' Finest (2015)
Convergence: Infinite Earths (2015)
Countdown (2007)
Crisis on Infinite Earths (1985)
Crisis on Multiple Earths (2002)
DC Comics Classics Library (2009)
DC Comics Presents (1978)
DC Comics: The Sequential Art of Amanda Conner (2012)
DC Sampler (1983)
DC Special Blue Ribbon Digest (1980)
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)
Golden Age Secret Files (2001)
Green Lantern (1960)
History of the DC Universe (1986)
Infinity, Inc. (1984)
JLA: The Nail (1998)
JSA (1999)
JSA 80-Page Giant 2010 (2010)
JSA All-Stars (2010)
JSA Secret Files (1999)
JSA Strange Adventures (2004)
JSA: All Stars (2003)
JSA: Classified (2005)
Justice League of America (1960)
Justice Society of America (2007)
Justice Society of America: A Celebration of 75 Years (2015)
Last Days of the Justice Society Special (1986)
Leading Comics (1941)
Legends of the Dark Knight: Jim Aparo (2012)
Overstreet Comic Book Monthly (1993)
Power Girl (2006)
Secret Origins (1986)
Secret Society of Super-Villains (1976)
Star Spangled Comics (1941)
Star Spangled Comics (1999)
Starman (1994)
Starman Secret Files (1998)
Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. (1999)
Tales of the Batman: Gerry Conway (2017)
The All New Atom (2006)
The Batman Family (1975)
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)
World's Finest Comics (1941)
Young All-Stars (1987)

Group Affiliation(s):
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)
Super Squad

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