S.T.A.R. Labs
Interior artwork from Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe vol. 1, 20 (October 1986 DC Comics)
Art by Ross Andru and Ricardo Villagran
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceSuperman #246 (December 1971)
Created byLen Wein (writer)
Curt Swan (artist)
In-story information
Type of businessResearch and development
Base(s)Gotham City
Central City
San Francisco
San Jose
Palo Alto
Kyoto, Japan
Owner(s)Garrison Slate
Harrison Wells (Arrowverse)
Employee(s)Harrison Wells

Scientific and Technological Advanced Research Laboratories (S.T.A.R. Labs) is a fictional scientific research facility and organization appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. It first appeared in Superman #246 (December 1971) and was created by Len Wein and Curt Swan.

It is known for providing medical treatment to superheroes.[1]

Publication history

S.T.A.R. Labs was introduced in Superman #246 (December 1971). In the Superman comics, Professor Hamilton formerly worked there, and Dr. Kitty Faulkner, also known as the superheroine Rampage, is currently employed there.

The Metropolis location is featured in a battle and as a plot point in Armageddon 2001.

In Teen Titans, Cyborg's parents, Silas and Eleanor Stone, and his former love interest, Dr. Sarah Charles, all worked for S.T.A.R. Labs.

Past S.T.A.R. Labs employees are Murray Takamoto,[2] Dr. Jenet Klyburn, Prof Dr. eL Mohammed and Dr. Albert Michaels (the first Atomic Skull). The character of Dr. Klyburn was based on the incoming president of DC Comics, Jenette Kahn.[3]

The 1993 comics miniseries S.T.A.R. Corps was about a group of superhumans who had inadvertently gained their powers in a S.T.A.R. Labs experiment.

The organization is featured in the 1996 mini-series The Final Night. As eternal winter threatens the world, thanks to the Sun-Eater, S.T.A.R. Labs keeps their webpage updated with encouragement and various information related to the emergency.

S.T.A.R. Labs' San Francisco and Montana branches play an important role in JLA #110–114 (2005).

52 Aftermath: The Four Horsemen #1 (October 2007) shows a S.T.A.R. Labs relief operation working, side by side with Waynetech, in the devastated remains of the country of Bialya. All the relief workers are slain by outside forces.

The latter issues of DC Universe: Legacies showcase the life of Metropolis Star Labs security director Jim M.[4]

Fictional history

S.T.A.R. was founded by scientist Garrison Slate, who wanted a nationwide chain of research laboratories unconnected to the government or any business interests.[5] He succeeded not only on a national scale, but an international one as well: S.T.A.R. Labs currently maintains facilities in Canada, Europe, Australia, and Japan as well as in the United States, with the total number of facilities numbering between twenty and thirty at last recorded count.[6]

S.T.A.R. Labs is one of the companies providing sponsorship to the superhero team The Conglomerate, a firm of superheroes set up by Claire Montgomery, Maxwell Lord's ex as a rival to Justice League International.[7] The other sponsors included American Steel, Dante Foods, Dupree Chemical, Ferris Aircraft, LexCorp, Ovel Oil, Pax Entertainment, Stagg Enterprises.[8]

S.T.A.R.'s Detroit location assists in evacuation efforts of the world's coasts during an alien invasion.[9] The same location is the workplace of Silas Stone, the father of Justice League's Cyborg.[10]

The organization sets up shop in Oregon to assist with the rookie superhero Naomi. At this point they have lost some credibility with the Justice League.[11]


A partial list of some known locations of S.T.A.R. Labs facilities and their research focuses, where either is known, includes:

S.T.A.R. Labs Staff


Other versions

Earth One

In Teen Titans: Earth One continuity, S.T.A.R. Labs are the main antagonistic force behind the creation of the Titans. Members include Silas Stone, Elinore Stone, Joshua Clay, Larry Trainor, and Niles Caulder with Deathstroke and Jericho/Joseph are their enforcers.[30]

In other media



Live action



Live action

Video games

Web series

S.T.A.R. Labs have a cameo appearance in DC Super Hero Girls.

See also


  1. ^ Dougall, Alastair; Ridout, Cefn, eds. (2021). The DC Comics Encyclopedia. Penguin Random House. p. 265. ISBN 978-0-24143-953-1.
  2. ^ Wein, Len (w), Andru, Ross (p), Bulanadi, Danny (i). "If This Works, It'll Be A Miracle!" Blue Beetle, vol. 6, no. 21, p. 12/7 (February, 1988). DC Comics.
  3. ^ Eury, Michael (2006). The Krypton Companion. TwoMorrows Publishing. p. 148. ISBN 9781893905610.
  4. ^ DC Universe: Legacies #1-10 (May 2010-March 2011)
  5. ^ Greenberger, Robert; Pasko, Martin (2010). The Essential Superman Encyclopedia. Del Rey. pp. 373–374. ISBN 978-0-345-50108-0.
  6. ^ Cowsill, Alan; Irvine, Alex; Korte, Steve; Manning, Matt; Wiacek, Win; Wilson, Sven (2016). The DC Comics Encyclopedia: The Definitive Guide to the Characters of the DC Universe. DK Publishing. p. 256. ISBN 978-1-4654-5357-0.
  7. ^ Justice League Quarterly #1
  8. ^ Justice League Quarterly #1 (Winter 1990)
  9. ^ Justice League: Aquaman: Drowned Earth #1 (2018)
  10. ^ Batman: The Murder Machine (November 2017)
  11. ^ Action Comics #1016 (2019)
  12. ^ Blue Beetle (vol. 6) #2 (June 1986)
  13. ^ Justice League: Cry for Justice #2 (October 2009)
  14. ^ Action Comics #1018 (2019)
  15. ^ Blue Beetle Vol 6 #12
  16. ^ Tales of the Teen Titans #57
  17. ^ Superman (vol. 2) #7 (July 1987)
  18. ^ Superman #304
  19. ^ Blue Beetle Vol 6 #1
  20. ^ The Flash (vol. 2) #3
  21. ^ 52 #3
  22. ^ Justice League #3
  23. ^ Superman Vol 2 #205
  24. ^ Superman #303
  25. ^ New Teen Titans #7
  26. ^ Justice League Vol 2 #1
  27. ^ Adventures of Superman #424
  28. ^ Firestorm (vol. 3) #1
  29. ^ Firestorm Vol 2 #58
  30. ^ Teen Titans: Earth One vol. 2
  31. ^ Smallville Season 11 #2 (June 2012)