Leonid Kovar and his archaeologist father investigated a meteorite that struck a secluded section of Russia in 1908, and discovered it was in actuality a space ship. Touching some controls inside the vessel, Kovar was charged with energies that mutated his body. Gaining superhuman strength, speed and endurance... he became his country's first superhero as Starfire and early in his career met America's Teen Titans on a joint mission.
Pat Dugan was an inventor and chauffeur to the Pemberton family, as well as the best friend of the son Sylvester. Together, the lad and Pat became the costumed team known as Star-Spangled Kid and Stripesy, using their athletic aptitude to defeat their criminal opponents. The pair eventually joined Law's Legionnaires, later known as the Seven Soldiers of Victory... and All-Star Squadron.
While Red Star never officially joined the Teen Titans, and were in fact at odds with them more often then not due to political sensibilities, Leonid was still an uneasy ally to the team whom he had a kindred spirit with. Stripesy along with his fellow Soldiers were lost in time for decades, until they were retrieved into the 20th century. Pat resumed a normal life, got married and had a son... becoming a midwest mechanic and later employed with his reconciled friend Sylvester once more.