The Dragon King was once a brilliant scientist living in Imperial Japan. He joined the Black Dragon Society when World War II began, making him second only to the Emperor as regards to power in his country. Dragon King was the scientist who created the specialized nerve gas K887.

One of his greatest creations for the Axis was combining the Holy Grail's power with that of the Spear of Destiny, which the Nazi government had lent to their allies. Dragon King used the ancient mystical artifacts to create a field of arcane magic that shielded the axis nations of Imperial Japan and Nazi-occupied Europe from any super-powered threats. The shield prevented the use of magic and if they used their powers they would be brainwashed to join the Axis. This was the main reason various heroes could not take part in the main theater or the war. The All-Star Squadron still attempted to invade Japan after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and they went in along with various non powered heroes. Realizing they could not invade enemy territory without involuntarily serving the Axis cause, the All-Stars were forced to retreat out of range of the mystical field's influence, but not before forcing the Dragon King to beat a hasty retreat as well.[1] The Dragon King continued to be a foe to the All-Star Squadron thruout World War II, and after the war he continued to be a threat to world peace. In the 1950's, a plot of his was thwarted by the heroine Firebrand, who died in the process.

The Dragon King survived until modern times and moved to the United States, living in the small town of Blue Valley, Nebraska, with his daughter Cindy Burman, who herself became the supervillain Shiv. However Blue Valley was also home to former All-Star Squadron member Pat "Stripsey" Dugan and his step daughter Courtney Whitmore, who started operating as the new Star-Spangled Kid and S.T.R.I.P.E.. They went up against the war criminal with the help of Pat's old teammate the Shining Knight. Sir Justin was on the quest to find the missing Holy Grail. It was revealed that the Dragon King was responsible for the death of Firebrand all those years ago. He died during the battle, though the body was never located.[2]


  • 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.



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