All of the Silver Scarab's special powers derive from his costume, which is made of "ninth metal," a discovery of his father, Carter (Hawkman) Hall. The suit is solar powered, and endowed with the following powers:
Martial Arts B * Electical Engineering
Ornithology * Egyptian History & Folklore
Inifinity Inc. * The Justice Society of America
Hector Hall is the son of Carter and Shiera Hall, the original Hawkman and Hawkgirl, and was born in Cairo, Egypt, while his parents were on an archaeological expedition. Hector felt neglected by his parents as he grew up; although Shiera had retired from crimefighting when Hector was born, Carter still battled menaces as Hawkman, or he and Shiera would often go on expeditions and leave Hector with babysitters. When Hector's parents took him to the hidden city of Feithera, home of the winged bird-people, to visit their godson Norda (now known as Northwind), Hector was unhappy because he could not fly with Hawkman and Hawkgirl as Norda could.
Hector began his college studies at UCLA, where he began building the armored suit he would eventually wear as the Silver Scarab. Hector discovered that his childhood friend Lyta Trevor, daughter of the Golden Age Wonder Woman, was also a student at UCLA. Hector began dating Lyta, and one night showed her his armored costume. Lyta, meanwhile, longed to become the next Wonder Woman. That night they decided to ask their parents to sponsor them for membership in the Justice Society of America as the Silver Scarab and Fury.
The Scarab and Fury were joined by Northwind and Nuklon in their application for JSA membership, but were all turned down due to their inexperience. The Scarab, Fury, and other young super-heroes instead joined a new group, Infinity, Inc.
After the criminal Ultra-Humanite exposed the Silver Scarab as Hector Hall, the Scarab publicly unmasked at Infinity, Inc.'s first press conference. At that same press conference the Scarab announced Fury was his fiancee.