Arthur Pemberton is the nephew of Sylvester Pemberton, the original Star Spangled Kid.

He was the leader of the Strike Force, a criminal paramilitary group, which he financed with the Pemberton fortune until he was defeated by his uncle and his associates in the Justice Society of America. Years later, Arthur and the Strike Force returned to challenge the JSA All-Stars during the unveiling of the new JSA museum.

Power Girl points out that Pemberton's Strike Force has cloaking technology which is why she couldn't detect the weapons that Pemberton sneaked in. Pemberton squares off with Magog by using the Mundane Staff, an ancient artifact from Crete that can sap the strength of demigods. Kara destroys Arthur's staff but Pemberton's daughter Lorna surprises Kara from behind with a gun that can discharge neutron star matter. Pemberton takes advantage of the situation by attacking Star Girl.

Pemberton knocks out Star Girl and makes his escape. He tells the rest of his Strike Force to activate their teleporters. Lorna Pemberton activates her teleporter on her belt buckle but instead she triggers an explosive device. Kara acts fast by grabbing the belt from Lorna and tries to suppress the explosion but the blast knocks Lorna off her feet. Kara comes to the conclusion that Pemberton didn't want any of his team members to be taken alive for interrogation so they blindly followed orders and unknowingly killed themselves in order to cover Pemberton. Lorna was left brain dead but she still has the lingering feeling of betrayal from her father.

At the White Star Cinema Theater, Pemberton's operative # 21 tells Johnny Sorrow that the extraction of Star Girl was successful but Arthur Pemberton gets greedy and demands 2 million dollars for the job. Sorrow tells # 21 that one can't put a price tag on love because Sorrow is in love with Star Girl. Sorrow removes his mask and # 21's eyes begin to gush with blood as he screams in horror before finally dying of fright.

  • Although this character was originally introduced during DC's Earth-Two era of publication, their existence following the events of the 1985–86 limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths remains intact. However, some elements of the character's Pre-Crisis history may have been altered or removed for Post-Crisis New Earth continuity, and no longer apply.
  • According to Sylvester (Star Spangled Kid) Pemberton, Arthur is the son of Sylvester's older brother that he was never close to.[2]



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