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A fifteen-issue series starring Courtney Whitmore as the new Star-Spangled Kid by Geoff Johns.

Not caring for her mother's beau, Pat Dugan, Courtney Whitmore went through his boxes when he moved in and discovered the Cosmic Belt. Without knowing of Dugan's past as a costumed hero, she used the belt and a modified costume to become the new Star-Spangled Kid, much to Dugan's annoyance. Consequently, Dugan created the S.T.R.I.P.E. armor to keep his new step-daughter safe and once again became the adult sidekick to a Kid Hero.


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Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. provides examples of:

  • Aborted Arc: As a result of the book being cancelled, several storylines abruptly ended.
    • It's implied Mary Kramer was being set up to become the new Gimmick Girl given the similarities between her name and the original (Mary Kramer, Merry Creamer) and her tendency to tinker with gadgets.
    • Mike Dugan was clearly unhappy with losing the Star-Spangled Kid name to his stepsister, but claimed he needed the title and gear for some promise involving a girl he referred to as "J.R." whom he apparently planned to break out of jail.
    • A couple of epilogue pages blatantly hinted a new Seven Soldiers of Victory were going to form with the appearance of new versions of the Crimson Avenger and Alias the Spider. A new Crimson Avenger appeared in J.S.A. but didn't appear to be connected to the one previously alluded to. Two new Spiders appeared in Starman as well Grant Morrison's Seven Soldiers but whether they were connected to the one who appeared here is unknown. Finally, Morrison's Seven Soldiers officially nixed whatever Johns planned to do with the group.
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  • Arch-Enemy: Shiv for Courtney.
  • Badass Family: Courtney's Star-Spangled Kid with S.T.R.I.P.E, her stepfather.
  • Badass Normal: All of Courtney's powers are actually derived from her belt; she has no superpowers of her own. And let's face it, how many teenage girls, if granted something like the Cosmic Belt, would use it to fight supervillains?
  • Bare Your Midriff: One of the more noticeable ways Courtney modified the Star-Spangled Kid uniform. She often wears crop-tops in her civilian life too.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Courtney is so much this at the start. She stole the costume solely to divorce her mom from her hated stepdad (who was never shown doing anything wrong to her).
  • Captain Patriotic: The Star-Spangled Kid and S.T.R.I.P.E.
  • Character Development: The Courtney from early issues looks bizarre to us now, as she's blatantly bratty, snotty, arrogant, a pain in the ass and openly disrespectful to adults.
  • Clothes Make the Superman: The Cosmic Belt for Courtney and the S.T.R.I.P.E. armor for Pat.
  • Crossover: Quite a few crossovers with other DC properties during its short run including Starman, Young Justice, Shazam, The Seven Soldiers of Victory and the JSA a team Courtney would eventually join.
  • Daddy's Little Villain: Shiv for her father the Dragon King.
  • Disappeared Dad: Courtney's biological father left when she was very young.
  • Foil: Shiv was a Foil to Courtney in that, while Courtney was the stepdaughter of an established superhero (Pat Dugan, a.k.a. S.T.R.I.P.E.) and initially became a hero to piss him off, Shiv is the biological daughter of an established supervillain (the Dragon King) and became a villain to make her father proud.
  • Home Base: Pat's Pit Stop.
  • Kid Hero: The series is centered on Courtney Whitmore becoming one.
  • Legacy Character: Courtney Whitmore as the second Star Spangled Kid.
  • Parent with New Paramour: Courtney's mother dating and marrying Pat Dugan is the catalyst that kicks off the plot as Courtney finds the belt while rummaging through Dugan's things.
  • Powered Armor: The S.T.R.I.P.E. armor
  • Protect This House: In issue 11 Shiv attacks them at home.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: S.T.R.I.P.E. is the blue to the Star-Spangled Kid's red-oni tendencies.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Her stepbrother Mike also wants the Cosmic Belt.
  • Skunk Stripe: Shiv's sidelocks are white.

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