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    Shiro Ito (Earth-2: Post-Crisis)

    One generation's ultimate sacrifice will protect the next.
    — Dragon King[src]

    Dr. Shiro Ito was an Imperial Japanese scientist who created horrific weapons that contributed to the death of millions. Ito was later executed and resurrected with experiments of his own, transforming himself into a scaled individual, later known as the Dragon King. As the Dragon King, Ito joined the Injustice Society of America and became one of the most dangerous foes of the Justice Society of America.

    Biography[edit | hide | hide all]

    Early Life[edit | hide]

    Ito's file in the Justice Society database

    Shiro Ito was born in 1901 in Japan. He became a scientist and a member of the Japanese Military who was active in the 1940s and 50s. During that time, he created a number of weapons, such as Bacilli bombs that spread plagues throughout China in 1932 and 1933. He was eventually captured and was believed to have been executed on March 13, 1947.[2]

    Dragon King[edit | hide]

    Thanks to his experiments on himself, Ito was able to survive his execution and soon joined the villainous Injustice Society of America. During his time as a villain, Ito transferred the Ultra-Humanite's brain into the body actor Delores Winters and subsequently an albino gorilla.[1] Ito also fought against the Seven Soldiers of Victory on numerous occasions, once utilizing a living weapon that he had designed to eradicate New York.[5]

    Cindy Burman

    Decades later, Ito had a daughter called Cindy Burman with a woman named Suzanne. Despite Suzanne's attempts to hide Cindy from her father, Ito eventually captured her and began to perform experiments on his daughter, giving her superhuman abilities and implanting metal shivs into her arms. Suzanne was later killed when Cindy lost control, with Ito marrying Bobbie Burman and sending Cindy to grow under her care.[6][7]

    Project: New America[edit | hide]

    The Wizard's Corpse[edit | hide]

    In 2020, Jordan Mahkent began the final phase of Project: New America and found teammate William Zarick a liability. Mahkent murdered Zarick, and was approached by Ito regarding the process of their mission. Ito also requested to be given Zarick's body, with Larry Crock later claiming the acts Ito did on Zarick's body were horrific.[8][9][10]

    Not Ready[edit | hide]

    Fighting the Shining Knight[edit | hide]

    A Conspiracy[edit | hide]

    New Body[edit | hide]

    Greatest Experiment[edit | hide]

    Powers and Abilities[edit | hide]

    Powers[edit | hide]

    • Gorilla Physiology: While in a mutated albino gorilla form, Ito possesses abilities far stronger than those wielded by average humans.[1]

    Former Powers[edit | hide]

    • Reptilian Physiology: Ito performed physical experiments on himself and was able to convert his body into a reptile-like being.[9]
      • Longevity: Despite being born in 1901, Ito shows no signs of advanced aging over the decades and remained in his peak physical condition.[2]
      • Superhuman Strength: Ito was able to easily overpower Stargirl in combat with his superior strength.[11]

    Abilities[edit | hide]

    • Genius-level Intellect: Ito is familiar with a wide variety of fields of science, most notably biology and chemistry, which he utilized to achieve feats often considered impossible.[2]
      • Biology: Not only was Ito able to convert his physiology into that of a reptile, he was also able to do the same on his daughter and implant metal shivs in her forearms.[2]
      • Chemistry: Ito is a keen chemist who created a series of dangerous weapons that caused the deaths of countless individuals.[2]
    • Swordsmanship: Ito is proficient in fighting with swords, which was shown when he dulled Sir Justin.[3]

    Equipment[edit | hide]

    Former Equipment[edit | hide]

    • Dragon King Suit: While operating as the Dragon King, Ito wore a green and red hooded suit.[9]
    • Sword: Ito's weapon of choice is a sword.[3]

    Appearances[edit | hide]

    Wildcat Appears
    Hourman and Dr. Mid-Nite Pictured
    The Justice Society Mentioned
    Shiv Part One Appears
    Shiv Part Two Appears
    Brainwave Appears
    Brainwave Jr. Appears
    Shining Knight Hallucination
    Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. Part One Appears
    Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. Part Two Appears
    Summer School: Chapter One Mentioned
    Summer School: Chapter Four Mentioned
    Summer School: Chapter Five Flashback
    Summer School: Chapter Nine Pictured
    Summer School: Chapter Eleven Illusion
    Road Trip Indirectly Mentioned
    Chapter One: The Murder Mentioned
    Chapter Two: The Suspects Mentioned
    Chapter Three: The Blackmail Mentioned
    Chapter Five: The Thief Mentioned
    Chapter Six: The Betrayal Mentioned
    Chapter Seven: Infinity Inc. Part One Mentioned
    Chapter Nine: The Monsters Appears
    Chapter Ten: The Killer Voice
    Chapter Eleven: The Haunting Appears
    Chapter Twelve: The Last Will and Testament of Sylvester Pemberton Appears
    Chapter Thirteen: The Reckoning Appears

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