Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E.
Courtney Whitmore found Sylvester Pemberton's gear in her stepfather's belongings and donned the costume in order to annoy him as partial revenge for marrying her mother and supposedly forcing the family to move from Los Angeles to Blue Valley, Nebraska. Dugan, a skilled mechanic, designed and built S.T.R.I.P.E., a Powered Armor which he rode in to accompany and protect her.
As well as her relationships with Atom Smasher and Captain Marvel, Courtney was the object of a crush held by Jakeem Thunder. She has also been stalked by Solomon Grundy, who was at one point obsessed with her.
Eventually, she joined the Justice Society of America and, after being given Starman's (Jack Knight's) cosmic rod/staff, changed her identity to Stargirl. Courtney has appeared in most issues of JSA and it was in these pages that her little sister Patricia Dugan was born.
Stargirl was one of the more powerful members of the JSA, thanks to her cosmic rod and converter belt. She has developed from a bit of a brat to a well-rounded heroine. She was best friends with Hawkgirl and was also close to Power Girl, whom Courtney considers a role model of sorts. As well, she has started to befriend the new Supergirl, Kara Zor-El. Early in her superhero career, Courtney was invited to join Young Justice; she declined, since she was already a member of the JSA, but she remained a reserve member. Courtney often trusted and stood up for those whom other members of the team seemingly distrusted, such as Atom Smasher, or Brainwave. She has also developed good leadership skills and courage, often throwing herself directly into harm's way for the greater good. She could also be quite violently effective when angered. After Courtney's family was killed by Per Degaton's Forces (incident later erased from history), she utilized the rod to disintegrate all of the attackers.
Despite a glimpse into the future, which showed an adult Starwoman married to Albert Rothstein (a.k.a. fellow JSA member Atom Smasher), Courtney briefly dated another JSA member, Captain Marvel, who in actuality was a teenage boy named Billy Batson. However, Captain Marvel was, by all appearances to those not knowing Billy's secret, an adult, and the seemingly pedophilia of Marvel with regard to Stargirl drew the attention of JSA members Jakeem Thunder and Jay Garrick, the original Flash. After being confronted by Garrick over the issue, Marvel chose to leave the JSA - and Courtney - instead of telling the team his secret. Marvel has recently reappeared in the JSA and revealed he can't give up his identity due to the wisdom of Solomon's guidance.
Courtney's family was murdered by agents of Per Degaton. She traveled with the rest of the JSA back to 1951. The time-traveling adventure featured the newest versions of classic JSA members meeting and fighting alongside the originals to try to save her family and the future. While there, she found herself forced to work with Atom Smasher again, for the first time since he defected to Black Adam's rival team. Following this, she apparently forgave him, but Atom Smasher was then nearly murdered by The Spectre. Though Atom Smasher was saved, the events clearly revealed the depth of feeling she had for him. She was quite relieved to return after this time-traveling adventure to see that her family was still alive.
Recently Atom Smasher was tried and convicted for actions he took while working for Black Adam. During a TV appearance Courtney stated that, even though he was in prison, she would "Wait for him."
During the Infinite Crisis, Courtney was approached by the Shade, who told her of the final demise of her biological father. The tragedy, and the witnessing of the love between Liberty Belle and Jesse Quick, a love even stronger than their strained family bond, led her to rethink her familial life. She discovered that she couldn't hate her biological father, even for being an absentee, a slacker, and even a super villain thug. She also learned from the tragedy to accept Pat Dugan as the first true paternal figure in her life.
While other members of the Justice Society were phased from the main Earth to the new Earth-Two, Whitmore along with teammates Mister Terrific and Doctor Mid-Nite remained, revealing that they would not have been native to Earth-Two.
Stargirl survived the Crisis largely intact, and began attending college. She changed her equipment: her rod now compresses to a small cylinder, and when she activates it, her costume and belt appear while the rod grows to full size. She has started to take driving lessons from Mr. Terrific.
Courtney was involved with the new JSA helping to find the new Starman and is apparently somewhat of a role model for Cyclone. In preview art for Issue 3, Courtney and Maxine Hunkel are seen picking out Maxine's new costume. During this Courtney notes that calling yourself the Anything Kid apparently leads to people treating you like a six-year old.
When the JSA split up recently, Courtney decided to join the JSA All-Stars. At first she felt out of place because everyone was older than her, but Power Girl convinced her that they needed her and that she was a role model to most of the members. During this time, Albert Rothstein was missing and Johnny Sorrow claimed to be in love with her. He takes her to the subtle realms disguised as Atom Smasher in order to receive a kiss from the girl. The real Atom Smasher was tied up at a castle in the realms and the JSA All-Stars come to save her. At the end, Courtney continues her work with the All-Stars. She also at attempted to patch up her relationship with Albert, they soon realized that they both had a need for space.
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
- Star-Rocket Racer: Pat Dugan provided her with a car for her birthday. Although Courtney has yet to realize it, the car is actually a modified version of the original Star-Rocket Racer, once used by her predecessor Sylvester Pemberton.
- Stargirl was created by Geoff Johns, who is said to have based her personality on that of his sister who tragically died in TWA Flight 800. Johns is an avid fan of Captain Carrot and the Zoo Crew and Courtney's original outfit was quite similar to Zoo Crew member Yankee Poodle's.
- Stargirl has dated Captain Marvel, even though Billy Batson is 2 years younger than her.
- Stargirl has dated Atom Smasher. 
- Stargirl has an unfulfilled crush on Tim Drake, Robin. 
- Stargirl is one of the few characters in the DC Universe who wore braces on her teeth.
- Stargirl is best friends with Supergirl. 
- Stargirl is also known as Star or Stars.
- 299 Appearances of Courtney Whitmore (New Earth)
- 71 Images featuring Courtney Whitmore (New Earth)
- 4 Quotations by or about Courtney Whitmore (New Earth)
- Character Gallery: Courtney Whitmore (New Earth)
- Courtney Whitmore (New Earth) at Wikipedia.org
- Stargirl biography page at the Unofficial Guide to the DC Universe
- Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. series index at DCU Guide
- Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. series index at Comicbookdb.com
- Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. series index at the Grand Comics Database Project
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Justice Society of America member