Real Name: Elmer Pane
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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).
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.
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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All Star Comics Archives (1991)
HC vol. 04 All-Star Comics (1940)
- 'All Star Comics Archives * Volume 4'
#18 All-Star Squadron (1981)
- 'Insects Turn To Crime!'
#1 America vs. the Justice Society (1985)
- 'The World on Fire!'#3
- 'The Dooms Of Dark December!'
- 'I Accuse'#3
- 'Hostile Witness'
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