|“||If he finds out who you are and comes here… I don’t even want to think about it. You know, you might laugh at those red and white stripes that I wore, but people looked at those instead of my face. We had costumes for a reason: to protect our families.||”|
Pat Dugan is a gifted mechanic with a penchant for helping others. He once went by the less-than-inspired superhero name of Stripesy, serving as the sidekick to a young hero known as the Star-Spangled-Kid, later known as, Starman. Pat was also an important member of the legendary Justice Society of America.
Today, Pat has left his sidekick life behind him. When his new step-daughter, Courtney Whitmore, discovers Pat's secret past and takes on Starman's legacy to become Stargirl, Pat is forced to come out of retirement and once again become a sidekick — to his step-daughter — this time piloting a fifteen-foot robot called S.T.R.I.P.E.
When Pat was twenty, he was hired by the Pemberton family to serve as their mechanic and driver. He befriended the Pemberton's fifteen-year-old son, Sylvester. One day, Sylvester put on a mask to stop criminals that were threatening his parents, and Pat helped him in his endeavor. As they got older, they continued to fight crime together. Pat went by the less-than-inspired superhero name of Stripesy, due to his striped outfit, and highlighted Sylvester's then-alias, Star-Spangled Kid. He served as the sidekick to Sylvestor's teenage alias, Star-Spangled-Kid. They defeated a villain named Dr. Weerd. A few years later, Sylvester found the cosmic staff and became the superhero, Starman. When Sylvester joined the Justice Society of America he brought Pat along with him. Pat continued his sidekick adventures this time, with the JSA, a group that soon became his closest friends.
Ten years ago, the JSA was defeated by the Injustice Society. Pat was absent from the battle for a majority of the time but rushed to Starman's aid in the hopes of saving his friends. He witnessed the deaths of Wildcat, Dr. Mid-Nite, and many others. He attempted to escape with a fatally wounded Starman, who died later that night. Pat kept Starman's staff safe and retired from his sidekick days. He wanted revenge on the ISA and offered to help a JSA member, Rex Tyler who had also survived the battle. Rick declined his help, even turning down Pat's new armored robot. Two years ago, Pat followed Rex to Blue Valley, Nebraska. Rex, who was desperate for help and out of choices, gave Pat all his research on the ISA.
During this visit to Blue Valley, Pat met Barbara Whitmore at Richie's Diner while they were both visiting Blue Valley. They ordered the same food - a corn dog and banana split. They had an instant connection and were married a few years later. After accepting a job in Blue Valley, Barbara, Pat, his son Mike, and stepdaughter Courtney, moved from California to Blue Valley.
|“||You were a good friend.||”|
— Starman in ""
Pat is a middle-aged man with brown hair, hazel eyes, and a relaxed sense of self. He often wears relaxed clothing such as plaid shirts over a darker colored t-shirt and either jeans or dress pants. He has minimal facial hair. Pat uses a fifteen-foot armored robotic suit when operating as the superhero sidekick S.T.R.I.P.E.
- High Level Intellect/Mechanical Engineering: Pat is a highly-skilled engineer, he made a fifteen-foot robot armor with car pieces.
- S.T.R.I.P.E. Armor: S.T.R.I.P.E. is a fifteen-foot armored robot that was built by Pat after he retired from the JSA and his time as "Stripesy". The robot allows Pat to safely operate as the sidekick, S.T.R.I.P.E., while he aids Stargirl.
- Pat's Car: This car is a retro-looking vehicle owned and driven by Pat during his time with the Justice Society of America.
- Stripesy Costume: As a teenager, Pat wore a white and red striped shirt as his "Stripesy" sidekick costume. When he retired as a sidekick he gave up the costume.