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Kerry was the childhood friend of Amos Fortune, the "Ace of Clubs" of the Royal Flush Gang. Fortune patterened all of his original gang members as the Suit of Clubs and provided them with weaponized playing cards charged with Stellaration energy. The King fought up against and initially defeated several members of the Justice League of America, including Hawkman, Hawkgirl, Flash, and Wonder Woman. Ultimately, it was Snapper Carr who was granted the means by which to defeat the Royal Flush Gang. [1] The Gang later faced the League again, initially disguised as the historical characters from whom their cards were derived (in King's case, Alexander the Great) while searching for a lost treasure. [2]

Amos Fortune eventually abandoned the Gang. Shortly thereafter, the King and the Gang switched suits to Spades and attempted to steal paintings containing clues to a hidden treasure, but were thwarted by the machinations of the Joker. [3] After a prolonged period of inactivity, and with several new members, they later fought Wonder Woman [4] although by now, only the King and Queen remained from the original lineup.

After this failure, the King abandoned his criminal career, but he later reunited with his original Gang for a one-time encounter against the so-called "Justice League Detroit". The Gang were defeated, then betrayed by their former leader Amos Fortune, who killed the King of Clubs by cutting his throat.[5]

  • Although this character was originally introduced during DC's Earth-One 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 should be considered apocryphal.
  • JLA Classified #22 establishes that the original Royal Flush Gang were childhood friends and that they adopted their positions within the gang based on their first name initials: Amos = Ace, Kerry = King, Queenie = Queen, Jack = Jack, Tom = Ten.


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