On This Day: Pat Dugan
One of those rare heroes whose career has spanned not only two eras but two names and superhero motifs, Patrick “Pat” Dugan (born March 5 sometime in the late-1910s) was already an adult and working as an auto mechanic on July 4, 1941, when he met young Sylvester Pemberton III.
The two became the Star-Spangled Kid and Stripesy to stop Nazi spies and later joined the All-Star Squadron and then the Seven Soldiers of Victory. Lost in time during the late ’40s, they were rescued years later by the Justice League of America and returned to the present day, where Dugan married and raised a son. Dugan later worked with Infinity, Inc.
After his first marriage failed, Dugan remarried and moved to Blue Valley, Nebraska. When his stepdaughter Courtney Whitmore became the second Star-Spangled Kid, Dugan developed a robotic suit of power armor and became S.T.R.I.P.E. so he could keep an eye on her.