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Stagg Enterprises
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceThe Brave and the Bold #58 (March 1965)
Created byBob Haney, Ramona Fradon
In-story information
Type of businessConglomerate
Base(s)Gotham City
Owner(s)Simon Stagg
Employee(s)Rex Mason
Sapphire Stagg
Java

Stagg Enterprises also known as Stagg Industries or just STAGG is a fictional multibillion-dollar multinational corporation in the DC Comics universe. It is owned and run by businessman Simon Stagg.

Fictional history

Stagg Enterprises was founded by CEO and billionaire Simon Stagg who has offices in New York City, Los Angeles and Gotham City. His company is responsible for pioneering new, innovative methods in the fields of engineering, chemistry and genetics. Stagg Industries had various subsidiaries: Stagg Mining Company, Stagg Cruise Lines, and Stagg Robotics.

Simon Stagg used his business to concoct various schemes to keep Sapphire and Rex Mason apart – some of which, even put Metamorpho's life at great risk. Simon Stagg was responsible for genetically engineering the sentient Neanderthal man known as Java. He kept Java under his employ as his personal bodyguard and chauffeur. Stagg later manipulated events, forcing Sapphire Stagg to leave Rex and marry Java.

Stagg Enterprises hired Rex Mason, a soldier for hire, was contracted by Simon Stagg to find the Orb of Ra. When he found it, his cohort, Java, stole it and left Rex in the light of an ancient meteor. This meteor transformed Mason into Metamorpho, the Element Man.[1]

A disgruntled employee, Kurt Vornak, once turned himself into an atomic entity and sought to avenge himself against Stagg by turning one of his brand new corporate offices into molten slag. The incident endangered the life of Simon's daughter, Sapphire Stagg, but she was rescued thanks to the efforts of Simon's assistant Java.[2]

Stagg Enterprises transforms an architect into a second Metamorpho to replace the original, who has left his employ, but the plan backfires.[3]

The company was assigned by the president to investigate flying saucers buzzing the United States, and discover the "aliens" are really an Earth criminal and his gang out to conquer America.[4]

Stagg Enterprises 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, Ovel Oil, Pax Entertainment and S.T.A.R. Labs.[5]

Metamorpho is in Sahara Desert to help resolve a military conflict, over an underground reservoir. They meet and come into conflict with a witch using the Orb of Ra, known as "Halcyon" who serves as a protector of the Reservoir, and is fighting Stagg Enterprises. After uncovering poisons Stagg Enterprises unloaded in the water in claimed attempts to purify it, Metamorpho decides to shut down the conflict on both sides, then goes to purify the reservoir himself.[6]

Other versions

Stagg Enterprises appears in the Elseworlds story The Nail.[7] Simon Stagg and Java are found dead by Outsiders members Geo-Force, Katana and Black Canary.[8]

In other media

Television

Animation

Live-action

Film

Video games

References

  1. ^ The Brave and the Bold #57
  2. ^ Metamorpho #1
  3. ^ Metamorpho #5
  4. ^ Metamorpho #11
  5. ^ Justice League Quarterly #1 (Winter 1990)
  6. ^ Outsiders: Five of a Kind – Metamorpho/Aquaman #1 (October 2007)
  7. ^ JLA: The Nail #2
  8. ^ JLA: The Nail #2
  9. ^ "Lex Luthor Jr.: Not Just His Father's LexCorp - Fortune". Archived from the original on October 6, 2015.