Pat Dugan was the stepfather of Courtney Whitmore.
As S.T.R.I.P.E., Pat eventually joined the ranks of the expanded Justice League with whom he fought off Amazo, Mordru, the nano invasion, the battalion of Ultimen and Deimos's army in Skartaris. He and Stargirl often fought side by side; and Pat worked as an overprotective father figure, always watching over and keeping his partner's reckless behavior in check.
Pat was also among the Leaguers who attended a Metropolis parade in Superman's honor. When General Eiling, who had mutated into a superpowered behemoth, crashed in and engaged the heroes, S.T.R.I.P.E. hit him with his artillery and engaged him in an aerial battle; but to no avail. Eiling tore Pat's armor open and nearly administered the coup de grace, had he not been thwarted by a civilian kid. Pat mustered enough breath to deflect the powerhouse from hurting a the child and his friends, but he was quickly tossed aside and finally defeated. S.T.R.I.P.E. was later carried away for medical attention and technical repairs.
S.T.R.I.P.E. was back on full duty in time to repel Darkseid's invasion on Earth.
Pat didn't possess any special powers, but he operated an armor suit equipped with a range of ballistic weapons, utilities and that also gave him enhanced strength and flight ability. Its circuitry was vulnerable to water.
His first generation suit was large, so much so Stargirl could sit on his shoulder. The second variation was downscaled to a more human sized frame.
Patrick "Pat" Dugan was created by Jerry Siegel and Hal Sherman, and first appeared in Action Comics #40 (September, 1941). Dugan was a superhero who fought in World War II as Stripesy, alongside his partner Sylvester Pemberton, a.k.a. Star-Spangled Kid. Dugan was notable as being the first adult side-kick to young hero. They served as members of the Seven Soldiers of Victory and the All-Star Squadron. When the Soldiers were displaced throughout time, Dugan was brought to the late 20th century, where he retired and went on to assist the Justice League of America with his mechanics expertise. Dugan also remarried and moved to Blue Valley. When his impetuous stepdaughter, Courtney Whitmore, stole Star-Spangled Kid's converter belt, Dugan was compelled to resume his superhero duties. (this was mostly to protect Courtney, who became the new Star-Spangled Kid.) Dugan built a battle suit and assumed the identity of S.T.R.I.P.E. (Special Tactics Robotic Integrated Power Enhancer), forming the American flag-themed duo ― Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E..
- "Initiation" (Cameo)
- "The Return" (Cameo)
- "The Greatest Story Never Told" (Cameo)
- "Dark Heart" (Cameo)
- "Panic in the Sky"
- "Divided We Fall" (Cameo)
- 'Chaos at the Earth's Core"
- "Patriot Act"
- "Alive!" (Cameo)
- "Destroyer" (Cameo)
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