Simon Stagg
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceThe Brave and the Bold #57 (January 1965)
Created byBob Haney (writer)
Ramona Fradon (artist)
In-story information
Alter egoSimon Stagg
Team affiliationsStagg Enterprises

Simon Stagg is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. Serving primarily as an antagonist to the antihero/superhero Metamorpho. In most comic book stories and their adaptations. He is responsible for turning Rex Mason into Metamorpho out of spite after catching him in a relationship with his daughter Sapphire Stagg.

The character has made several appearance in media outside of comics, such animated television series, video games, live-action series The Flash, in which he was portrayed by William Sadler, and the live-action film, Wonder Woman 1984, in which he was portrayed by Oliver Cotton.

Publication history

Simon Stagg first appeared in The Brave and the Bold #57 and was created by Bob Haney and Ramona Fradon.

Mark Waid, writer of the Metamorpho limited series, commented that "writing Simon Stagg was always a tightrope walk. On the one hand, you don't want him to be so comically evil that he's a cartoon. On the other hand, you have to remember that he's an absolute creep. The key to Stagg is not losing sight of the fact that he does most everything he does for the sake of his daughter, regardless of how insane those actions may look to us".[1]

Fictional character biography

Simon Stagg is the unscrupulous owner and CEO of Stagg Enterprises and the father of Sapphire Stagg. Adventurer Rex Mason wanted to win the hand of Sapphire Stagg. Simon sent Rex to Egypt to retrieve a meteor referred as the Orb of Ra. Unbeknownst to Rex, Simon had his brutish Neanderthal bodyguard Java attack him and leave him for dead. Rex was near the Orb of Ra and was exposed to it leading to his transformation into Metamorpho.

Sometime later, Simon Stagg tricked the Metal Men into attacking the Justice League and had Java detain Rocket Red #4 and Animal Man. It turned out that Rex had a baby, who harmed whatever it touched. Metamorpho handed the baby over to Simon, who became convinced he would now die, harmed like Java had been moments earlier.

Simon came through unharmed since something in his genetic structure protected him just as it did with the baby's mother. Simon's stance softened, and everyone was allowed to go. Doc Magnus of the Metal Men offered his services to Simon in creating new arms for Java.

On the way home, Metamorpho's friends were puzzled as to how he knew Simon would be unaffected by the child. Metamorpho indicates that he had hoped the baby would kill Simon.

Java came upon Black Canary while searching for help for Sapphire. His story was that Sapphire and Joey, Metamorpho's son, had been caught in a lab explosion and merged into a single energy being who was taking revenge upon Simon Stagg's former colleagues.[2] It is revealed that not only were Sapphire and Joey merged, but so was Simon and it was him who was directing the revenge. Black Canary realized that Java was actually Metamorpho, somehow affected to believe he was Java (the actual Java's murder was still a secret known only to the Staggs). The three were separated once more with Simon claiming to have been overcome by the energy itself and unable to control his actions. As the comic ends, he steps away from the joyous family reunion to check on a growing clone of the murdered Java.[3]

In the one-shot "Countdown to Infinite Crisis", Maxwell Lord is seen talking with Stagg on the phone.[4]

In the "Blackest Night" tie-in Weird Western Tales #71 (Mar 2010), Stagg appeals to Joshua Turnbull (great-great-grandson of Quentin Turnbull) for help in analyzing a Black Lantern ring that was found on the grave of Don Hall and transported by The Ray. He leaves before the Lanterns attack, and it is unclear whether he survived the event.[5]

During the "Brightest Day" storyline, Simon Stagg is later contacted at his Canadian estate by Metamorpho when he and his fellow Outsiders Black Lightning, Geo-Force, Katana, and Owlman (Roy Raymond, Jr.) need a place to stay during the War of the Supermen storyline after accidentally being shot down.[6] Simon Stagg later placed Java's mind into the body of a Shaggy Man which was defeated by Freight Train.[7]

In the "DC Rebirth", Simon Stagg opened up the portal to the Dark Multiverse and was trying to use Metamorpho transmuted into Nth Metal in order to close it. This attracted the attention of Mister Terrific and Plastic Man. When Mister Terrific tries to get Simon Stagg to close the portal, Mister Terrific, Plastic Man, and Metamorpho are sucked in.[8] Simon Stagg was present when Mister Terrific, Plastic Man, Metamorpho, and Phantom Girl made it back from the Multiverse.[9] Due to the effects of the Dark Multiverse energy, Mister Terrific concludes that they can't go their separate ways due to this bond. Simon Stagg threatened to sue for invading his lab, though Mister Terrific made a compromise where they would continue investigating at Simon Stagg's mansion.[10]

In other media

Television

Film

Simon Stagg appears in the live-action film Wonder Woman 1984, portrayed by Oliver Cotton. This version is a business investor of Maxwell Lord's who demands to pull out after learning that the latter's oil business is fake and calls him a "loser" in front of his son. Later, Lord absorbs the power of the Dreamstone and visits Stagg again to "apologize" for deceiving him. Stagg is tricked into wishing that Lord's business will boom and Lord in turn tells Stagg that he will magically remove him and take over his company. As Lord leaves his company, the FBI arrive demanding to see Stagg for supposed tax fraud; a side effect of the Dreamstone.

Video games

Comic strips

Simon Stagg appears in Dick Tracy, in February 2018. He made a deal with Ghost Pepper to buy his restaurant Pepper's. However, Ghost backs out on the deal, poisons Simon, and takes his money.

References

  1. ^ Wells, John (September 2016). "Bullies and Blowhards of the DC Bronze Age". Back Issue!. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing (91): 24–25.
  2. ^ Birds of Prey #51. DC Comics.
  3. ^ Birds of Prey #52. DC Comics.
  4. ^ Countdown to Infinite Crisis #1. DC Comics.
  5. ^ Weird Western Tales #71. DC Comics.
  6. ^ Outsiders Vol. 4 #30. DC Comics.
  7. ^ Outsiders Vol. 4 #35. DC Comics.
  8. ^ The Terrifics #1. DC Comics.
  9. ^ The Terrifics #2. DC Comics.
  10. ^ The Terrifics #3. DC Comics.
  11. ^ a b "Voice of Simon Stagg". Behind the Voice Actors. Retrieved December 15, 2019. Check marks indicates role has been confirmed using screenshots of closing credits and other reliable sources.CS1 maint: postscript (link)
  12. ^ https://www.bustle.com/articles/43818-who-is-simon-stagg-the-flash-scientist-might-be-vital-to-the-future-of-star-labs