Scientific and Technological Advanced Research Laboratories (S.T.A.R. Labs) is a fictional scientific research facility and organization appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. It first appeared in Superman #246 (December 1971) and was created by Cary Bates and Rich Buckler.
Superheroes receive treatment at the labs.
|First appearance||Superman vol. 1 #246 (December 1971)|
|Created by||Cary Bates (writer) |
Rich Buckler (artist)
|Type of business||Research and development|
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, 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 M.
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.
S.T.A.R.'s Detroit location assists in evacuation efforts of the world's coasts during an alien invasion.
A partial list of some known locations of S.T.A.R. Labs facilities and their research focuses, where either is known, includes:
S.T.A.R. Labs have a cameo appearance in DC Super Hero Girls.
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Harrison Wells is the name of several fictional characters portrayed by Tom Cavanagh in the CW's television series The Flash. Created by Geoff Johns, Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg, the character is an original creation for the series, and not based on any existing character appearing in comics published by DC Comics. Most versions are scientists from parallel universes, each being the founder and director of S.T.A.R. Labs on their respective Earths. This differs from the comics, where Garrison Slate was the founder of S.T.A.R. Labs.
Cavanagh has played a different version of Wells in each season; he has played Eobard Thawne (in the form of Earth-1's Wells) since season one, Harry Wells of Earth-2 since season two, writer H. R. Wells of Earth-19 in season three, the Council of Wells and Council of Harrisons (which consist of various doppelgängers) in season four, and detective Sherloque Wells in season five.
Cavanagh has been praised by critics and fans for his performances as various versions of the character, particularly for Thawne and for Harry, although some criticized H. R. The Council of Wells and Council of Harrisons received a divided reception among critics; some praised their humor and Cavanagh's versatility in portraying them while others criticized their skit nature.List of The Flash characters
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The first season follows police forensic investigator Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), who develops super-speed after he is struck by lightning. He is assisted by S.T.A.R. Labs' Dr. Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker), Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes), and Dr. Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh) in his attempts to use his powers for good and solve the murder of his mother by a superhuman attacker. The murder investigation unjustly imprisoned his father (John Wesley Shipp), leaving detective Joe West (Jesse L. Martin), father of his best friend, Iris (Candice Patton), to take in the young Barry. The memory of his mother's murder and his father's framing later motivates Barry to put his personal needs aside and use his powers to fight against those who hurt the innocent, thus, shaping him into the Flash.
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Note that the numbering goes from northwest to southeast:Centennial Hotel - Offers world-class cuisine and an observation deck with views across Centennial Park.
Centennial Park - Activities in the wooded acres include horseback riding, boating, and golfing.
1938 Sullivan - Owned by Wayne Enterprises, Lois Lane and Clark Kent's apartment building is one of the city's oldest buildings.
University of Metropolis - Clark Kent's alma mater, this Ivy League institution boasts well-respected schools of journalism, law, and business.
S.T.A.R. Labs - The Metropolis arm of the privately owned scientific think-tank founded by Dr. Garrison Slate.
Steelworks - John Henry Irons' foundry in the Old Hook Basin district of Suicide Slum includes a variety of advanced technology to aid Superman.
Suicide Slum - Despite being razed and renovated by Brainiac 13, Suicide Slum, where Bibbo has his Ace O' Clubs bar, is still a sink of crime and poverty.
Special Crimes Unit Precinct - Metropolis' S.C.U's upgraded headquarters houses offices, armories, and holding cells.
Stryker's Island Penitentiary - The ultimate maximum security prison possesses high-tech detention facilities designed to accommodate the most powerful metahuman villains.
Union Station - Location in the heart of the city, Union Station links the national railroad network to Metropolis' unique "Rail Whale" commuter grid.
Metropolis City Hospital - The state-of-the-art medical center maintains a privileges-sharing program with S.T.A.R. Labs.
Jules Verne Extra-Terrestrial Museum - The museum exhibits artifacts from alien worlds and presents guest lectures by interplanetary heroes.
Lena Luthor Science Explorarium - Technological advances abound this interactive museum.
City Hall - The administrative center of Metropolis has mayoral, governmental, and emergency services offices.
S.A.I. Dam - Hydroelectric waterworks control the flow of the twin rivers and the recycling of the city reservoir.
Hypersector - The business and financial center of Metropolis.
Hotel Metropolis - Five-star luxury accommodation located amid the heart of Downtown.
Shuster Hall - Metropolis' premier theater has been in service since 1938.
GBS Building - The corporate hub of Galaxy Communications' media conglomerate.
Daily Planet Building - The home of the respected, globally circulated newspaper. The Daily Planet Building, with its distinctive hologram globe, is one of the city's most important landmarks.
Metropolis Museum of Art - Galleries include important historical and contemporary artistic works.
LexCorp Towers - Designed to form a double L, Lex Luthor's 307-story citadels (with robot sentries and mutable glass windows) are Metropolis tallest skyscraper.Metahuman
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The Power Company was a team of professional superheroes-for-hire in the DC Comics universe. The team, created by Kurt Busiek and Tom Grummett, first appeared in JLA #61 (February 2002). They subsequently starred in an epoynmous series that ran for eighteen issues, from April 2002 to September 2003, also written by Busiek.Professor Ivo
Professor Anthony Ivo (pronunciation: Eiy-voh) is a fictional character, a mad scientist in DC Comics.
Anthony Ivo appeared in the second season of Arrow played by Dylan Neal.Rampage (DC Comics)
Rampage (real name Karen Lou "Kitty" Faulkner) is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe. The character first appeared in Superman comic books, and was later utilized in Starman. Rampage has a distinct appearance, with orange skin, a towering, muscular build, and a fiery red mohawk. Rampage's personality is (like her namesake) hot-tempered, aggressive, and uninhibited, the complete opposite of her alter ego Kitty Faulkner.S.T.A.R. Corps
S.T.A.R. Corps is a fictional organization, a team of comic book superheroes published by DC Comics. The S.T.A.R. Corps first appeared in S.T.A.R. Corps #1 (November 1993), and was created by Dan Vado and Norman Felchle.Silas Stone
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The Flash is a 1990 American television series developed by the writing team of Danny Bilson and Paul De Meo that aired on CBS. It is based on the DC Comics character Barry Allen / Flash, a costumed superhero crime-fighter with the power to move at superhuman speeds. The Flash starred John Wesley Shipp as Allen, along with Amanda Pays, and Alex Désert.The Flash (2014 TV series)
The Flash is an American superhero television series developed by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, and Geoff Johns, airing on The CW. It is based on the DC Comics character Barry Allen / Flash, a costumed superhero crime-fighter with the power to move at superhuman speeds. It is a spin-off from Arrow, existing in the same fictional universe. The series follows Barry Allen, portrayed by Grant Gustin, a crime scene investigator who gains super-human speed, which he uses to fight criminals, including others who have also gained superhuman abilities.
Initially envisioned as a backdoor pilot, the positive reception Gustin received during two appearances as Barry on Arrow led to executives choosing to develop a full pilot to make use of a larger budget and help flesh out Barry's world in more detail. Colleen Atwood, costume designer for Arrow, was brought in to design the Flash's suit. The creative team wanted to make sure that the Flash would resemble his comic book counterpart, and not simply be a poor imitation. The series is primarily filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
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