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King Bee
Real Name: Elmer Pane
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Powers:
No powers, except his unique knowledge of entomology. Has created a range of "hormone powders" that can turn ordinary humans into obedient insect-men, with the powers and characteristics of various insects (ants, flies, et cetera).

Bio:
In the early part of the 20th century, Elmer Pane was an unsuccessful door-to-door exterminator who was tired of being rejected and mocked by everyone he met. Wishing he had the relative strength and powers of insects, he conducted private research which yielded a powder that can give a man such abilities; however, it also saps that man's intelligence. Calling himself King Bee, Pane created a variety of insect-men and loaned them out to criminals, in exchange for 50% of their take so he could fund more research. In 1943 the insect-men drew the attention of the Justice Society of America, who defeated them and, after capturing King Bee, cured them.

Later, the time-traveling conqueror Per Degaton sent King Bee and other enemies of the JSA back in time to December 1941 to capture the Justice Society members, as part of a plan that would help Degaton to take over the world. King Bee was quickly caught by Hawkman, whereupon Pane appeared to explode; actually, he was sent back to his proper time by Degaton.

Notes:
This villain originally appeared in one issue of All Star Comics in 1943, and wasn't seen again until his very brief appearance in All-Star Squadron in 1981. Except for some flashbacks and reprints, this character hasn't appeared since then.

First Appearance: All-Star Comics (1940) #18

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Issue Appearances:
All Star Comics Archives (1991)
All-Star Comics (1940)
All-Star Squadron (1981)
America vs. the Justice Society (1985)

Group Affiliation(s):
None.

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