Star-Spangled kid
The Sylvester Pemberton incarnation of the Star-Spangled Kid as depicted in All Star Comics #64 (February 1977). Art by Wally Wood.
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceSylvester Pemberton:
Star Spangled Comics #1 (October 1941)
Courtney Whitmore:
Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. #0 (July 1999)
Miss Martian:
Teen Titans #37 (August 2006)
In-story information
Notable aliasesMiss Martian
Courtney Whitmore
Sylvester Pemberton/Skyman
AbilitiesSylvester Pemberton
  • Superb athlete
  • Hand to hand combatant
  • Cosmic converter belt

Courtney Whitmore

  • Expert gymnast and kickboxer
  • Enhanced strength, speed, agility and stamina
  • Shooting star projection
  • Flight
  • Cosmic energy manipulation

Miss Martian To view all abilities click here:

Miss Martian’s abilities or White Martians

The Star-Spangled Kid is the name of several superheroes in the DC Comics' main shared universe.

Fictional character history

Sylvester Pemberton

Main article: Sylvester Pemberton

The original Star-Spangled Kid was Sylvester Pemberton, a Golden Age character, created by Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel. He adopted the identity to battle Nazism during World War II, and was unique in being a child with an adult sidekick, Stripesy a.k.a. Pat Dugan.[1][2] Both he and Dugan were superb acrobats along with having sufficient training in hand-to-hand combat, but the pair regularly bickered about which of them should get top billing.

Decades later, he changed his name to Skyman and led Infinity Inc.[3] He was later killed by Mister Bones's cyanide touch.

Courtney Whitmore

Main article: Courtney Whitmore

Courtney is Pat Dugan's stepdaughter, who found Pemberton's gear in his belongings and donned the Cosmic Converter Belt, with a costume of her own design. She begins her career as the second Star-Spangled Kid to annoy Dugan as partial revenge for him marrying her mother and supposedly forcing the family to move from Los Angeles to Blue Valley, Nebraska. Dugan, a skilled mechanic, designs and builds S.T.R.I.P.E., a mecha which he rides in to accompany and protect her. Eventually, she joins the JSA and, after being given Jack Knight's cosmic rod, changes her identity to Stargirl.

Miss Martian

Main article: Miss Martian

A third Star-Spangled Kid appears in Terror Titans #1 and is subsequently captured by the Terror Titans team for the Dark Side Club. The Star-Spangled Kid is forced to fight in a tournament against other meta-humans, going on to win the tournament. During the course of the storyline he appears to have a much stronger resistance to brainwashing than the other fighters, although he does eventually succumb. Later, it is revealed that he is the shape-shifting Miss Martian, who is immune to the brainwashing and gradually frees the other combatants.[4]

Other versions

In other media

See also: Sylvester Pemberton § In other media


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  2. ^ Benton, Mike (1992). Superhero Comics of the Golden Age: The Illustrated History. Dallas: Taylor Publishing Company. p. 184. ISBN 0-87833-808-X. Retrieved 1 April 2020.
  3. ^ Markstein, Don. "The Star-Spangled Kid and Stripesy". Don Markstein's Toonopedia. Retrieved 2 April 2020.
  4. ^ Terror Titans #6 (2008)