55 years ago - Sylvester Pemberton is born into the wealthy Pemberton family.
43 years ago - 12-year-old Sylvester begins training to become a superhero.
40 years ago - 15-year-old Sylvester's parents give him his independence. He spends a small fortune devising a cosmic converter belt loosely based on the technology of the original Starman & becomes the Star-Spangled Kid.
37 years ago - 18-year-old Sylvester takes in Pat Dugan, a young robotics whiz, as a sidekick to help develop his equipment.
31 years ago - 24-year-old Sylvester temporarily retires to reclaim his families inheritance while Pat Dugan goes to college.
20 years ago - 35-year-old Sylvester dies in combat.
This is one of the things that happens when you base your history on legacy characters. Courtney Whitmore is an amazing character, but to get to her we need to work our way though some weird ones.
The original Star Spangled Kid (the picture on the left) isn't a BAD character, just dated. I tried to latch on to the things that made him unique when I told his story, specifically the idea of him being very young, very idealistic, and very VERY rich. There are elements of time travel in his comic history that are thankfully easy enough to remove with our new All-Star Squadron. His time as Skyman is associated with Infinity Inc, a team we basically had to break apart in order for those characters to make sense within the timeline.
His Skyman costume (the one at the top of the page) is a bit eighties-tastic, but that isn't always a bad thing. Another option exists in the costume of the Jacob Colby Skyman, a character from Lex Luther's Everyman team. He's not a more interesting character, but his costume might be a little bit more palatable.