49 years ago - Pat Dugan is born & given up to the state by his single teenage mother.
37 years ago - 12-year-old Pat is taken in by Sylvester Pemberton. He retools Slyvester's flight belt & becomes his sidekick Stripesy, joining the All-Star Squadron.
31 years ago - 18-year-old Pat leaves the All-Star Squadron & his role as Sylvester Pemberton's sidekick to go to college & study robotics.
27 years ago - 22-year-old Pat graduates & gets a position as an intern in Star Labs.
24 years ago - 25-year-old Pat designs a new flight harness & contacts Sylvester Pemberton, who becomes Skyman.
20 years ago - 29-year-old Pat takes his flight harness design to the government after Sylvester Pemberton dies in combat & begins working as a robotic weapons specialist.
13 years ago - 36-year-old Pat retires from his government post & starts his own private robotics firm. He begins developing a new battlesuit based on Sylvester Pembleton's original cosmic belt.
8 years ago - 41-year-old Pat meets newly divorced Barbara Whitmore & her daughter Courtney Whitmore.
7 years ago - 42-year-old Pat's "Skyman" cosmic harness is the basis for the Argo Harness, a suit flown by Celia Forrestal.
5 years ago - 44-year-old Pat marries Barbara, who moves into his Nebraska home with her daughter Courtney Whitmore.
4 years ago - 45-year-old Pat's workshop is discovered by Courtney Whitmore, who steals the starbelt, becoming the new Star-Spangled Kid. Pat allows her to adventure but only with him accompanying her as S.T.R.I.P.E. They are asked by Power Girl to join the Justice Society. Pat accepts to give Courtney the opportunity.
2 years ago - 47-year-old Pat steps down from the Justice Society to show Courtney Whitmore that she has earned his trust, and accepts a request to provide field tactical support to the Suicide Squad.
1 year ago - 48-year-old Pat's wife Barbara gives birth to their daughter Patricia.
While Pat is absolutely essential to the story of Stargirl, who is just fantastic, getting to him is more than a little tricky. The original Star-Spangled Kid was noteworthy specifically because he was a child superhero with an adult sidekick, a concept you'll immediately recognize as being stupid. We re-imagined that part of the story, making him a young sidekick to a youthful but still older hero.
Also, obviously, Pat & Sylvester are part of our reworked All-Star Squadron, which serves here both as a stand-in for their original WWII era careers and for Sylvester's time with Infinity Inc.
S.T.R.I.P.E. becoming the new field leader of the Suicide Squad is entirely our own idea, but we happen to think that it's a pretty great place for him to go once he decides to allow Stargirl to work by herself.