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Real Name: Martin Simms

Identity/Class: Normal human

Occupation: Hospital patient;
   formerly office worker

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Mr. Fantastic (Reed Richards), Christine Palmer (loose)

Enemies: None

Known Relatives: Lucy Simms (wife), Jeremy Simms (son, deceased)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: New York City, USA

First Appearance: Marvel Knights 4#4 (May, 2004)

Powers/Abilities: Martin Simms was a normal human with no discernible unique features, although he required spectacles for clear vision and was lonely. Terminal cancer reduced his body's resistance and life expectancy.

Height: Unrevealed
Weight: Unrevealed
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Bald (formerly white, formerly brown)

Martin's wedding day


(Marvel Knights 4#28 (fb)) - Martin Simms met and married his teenage sweetheart, Lucy, and together had an only son, Jeremy.

(Marvel Knights 4#4 (fb) - BTS) - Aged 16, Jeremy was killed in a car accident. The death strained the marriage and six months later, the couple separated. Eventually there was no contact. Later, blood from coughing for Martin led to a terminal throat cancer diagnosis. Depressed and scared he would die alone, he wrote a suicide note and left it next to a photo of his son and wife in his office, then stepped onto a window ledge high up on a New York skyscraper, intending to jump.

(Marvel Knights 4#4) - Mr. Fantastic (Reed Richards), going in to do temp office work but seeing the cordoned-off commotion around Martin Simms' building, stretched up and comforted Martin, listening to his concerns. Reed gave Martin his personal mobile phone number for when the cancer would be close to taking Martin, promising he would be by Martin's side as he slipped away. This reassured Martin and he no longer wanted to jump.

farewell(Marvel Knights 4#28 - BTS) - Martin's condition deteriorated and he was admitted to hospital. No longer able to speak due to the aggressive throat cancer, he could communicate only by writing. He instructed Nurse Christine Palmer to contact Reed Richards.

(Marvel Knights 4#28) - Reed interrupted an Illuminati meeting to rush to Martin's side. Martin agreed to Reed's use of an experimental earpiece that would allow Reed to read Martin's thoughts. Nurse Palmer privately told Reed that Martin was on sufficient morphine to block the pain and was unlikely to survive the night; she okayed his staying the night next to Martin. As he'd promised, Reed held Martin's hand and witnessed his passing, seeing the important moments of Martin's life with Lucy and Jeremy, even Martin's vision of a reunion with his son in the afterlife.

(Marvel Knights 4#28 (fb) - BTS) - Reed helped with the immediate logistics and paperwork concerning Martin's death and informed Lucy Simms.

Comments: Created by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (writer), Steve McNiven (pencils) and Mark Morales (inks).

Profile by Grendel Prime.

Martin Simms has no known connections to:

Jeremy Simms

Jeremy Simms

Jeremy Simms was the only son of Martin and Lucy. He died aged 16 when the car he was driving after a party hit a patch of ice and spun out of control and crashed, killing all inside. Jeremy's death placed tremendous strain on the parents' marriage and they soon separated and divorced. Martin had a vision of being reunited with Jeremy in the afterlife.




--Marvel Knights 4#4 (28

Lucy Simms

Lucy Simms

Lucy was the teenage sweetheart of Martin whom he married, but when their only son died in a car accident, it placed great strain on their relationship. They soon separated and divorced, and she did not keep contact after moving away, likely to California. Reed Richards promised to contact her about Martin's death.


--Marvel Knights 4#4 (28

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Marvel Knights 4#4, p14 (main image)
Marvel Knights 4#28, p19, pan3 (headshot, wedding day)
Marvel Knights 4#28, p18, pan3 (as hospital patient)
Marvel Knights 4#28, p20, pan2 (Jeremy)
Marvel Knights 4#28, p19, pan4 (Lucy)

Marvel Knights 4#4 (May, 2004) - Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (writer), Steve McNiven (pencils), Mark Morales (inks), Warren Simons (editor)
Marvel Knights 4#28 (May, 2006) - Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (writer), Mizuki Sakakibara (art), Warren Simons (editor)

Last updated: 09/08/17

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