S.T.A.R. Labs

For other uses, see Starlabs.
This article is about the fictional organization in DC Comics. S.T.A.R. Labs is not related to S.T.A.R.S.
S.T.A.R. Labs
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Superman vol. 1 #246 (December 1971)
Created by Cary Bates (writer)
Rich Buckler (artist)
In-story information
Type of business Research and development
Base(s) Gotham City
Central City
San Francisco
San Jose
Palo Alto
Owner(s) Garrison Slate
New Earth
Employee(s) W.D.CGlobal leadership

Scientific and Technological Advanced Research Labs (S.T.A.R. Labs) is a fictional research facility and comic book organization appearing in titles published by DC Comics. It first appeared in Superman #246 (December 1971) and was created by Cary Bates and Rich Buckler.

Publication history

S.T.A.R. Labs was introduced in Superman #246 (December 1971). In the Superman comics, Professor Hamilton formerly worked there, and Dr. Kitty Faulkner, also known as the superheroine Rampage, is currently employed there. The Metropolis location is featured in a battle and as a plot point in Armageddon 2001. In Teen Titans, Cyborg's parents, Silas and Eleanor Stone, and his former love interest, Dr. Sarah Charles, all worked for S.T.A.R. Labs. Past S.T.A.R. Labs employees are Murray Takamoto,[1] Dr. Jenet Klyburn, and Dr. Albert Michaels (the first Atomic Skull). The 1993 comics miniseries S.T.A.R. Corps was about a group of superhumans who had inadvertently gained their powers in a S.T.A.R. Labs experiment. The labs are featured in the 1996 mini-series The Final Night. As eternal winter threatens the world, thanks to the Sun-Eater, S.T.A.R. Labs keeps their webpage updated with encouragement and various information related to the emergency. The San Francisco and Montana branches play an important role in the arc in Justice League of America #110–114 (2005). 52 Aftermath: The Four Horsemen #1 (October 2007) shows a S.T.A.R. Labs relief operation working, side by side with Waynetech, in the devastated remains of the country of Bialya. All the relief workers are slain by outside forces. The latter few issues of DC Universe: Legacies showcases the life of Metropolis Star Labs security director Jim Mahoney. [2]

Fictional history

S.T.A.R. was founded by scientist Garrison Slate, who wanted a nationwide chain of research laboratories unconnected to the government or any business interests. He succeeded not only on a national scale, but an international one as well: S.T.A.R. Labs currently maintains facilities in Canada, Europe, Australia, and Japan as well as in the United States, with the total number of facilities numbering between twenty and thirty at last recorded count.

S.T.A.R. Labs is one of the companies providing sponsorship to the superhero team The Conglomerate. The other sponsors included American Steel, Dante Foods, Dupree Chemical, Ferris Aircraft, LexCorp, Ovel Oil, Pax Entertainment, Stagg Enterprises.[3]


A partial list of some known locations of S.T.A.R. Labs facilities and their research focuses, where either is known, includes:

In other media



Video games

Web series

See also


  1. Wein, Len (w), Andru, Ross (p), Bulanadi, Danny (i). "If This Works, It'll Be A Miracle!" Blue Beetle 21: 12/7 (February, 1988), DC Comics
  2. DC Universe: Legacies #1-10 (May 2010-March 2011)
  3. Justice League Quarterly #1 (Winter 1990)
  4. Justice League: Cry for Justice #2 (October 2009)
  5. Justice League: Doom
  6. JLA #110 (March 2005)
  7. Blackest Night: JSA #1–3 (February–April 2010)
  8. Baron, Mike (w), Guice, Jackson (p), Mahlstedt, Larry (i). "The Kilg%re" The Flash v2, 3: 3-4 (August 1987), DC Comics
  9. Action Comics (vol. 1) #883 (January 2010)
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