Real Name: Martin Simms
Identity/Class: Normal human
Occupation: Hospital patient;
formerly office worker
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Mr. Fantastic (Reed Richards), Christine
Known Relatives: Lucy Simms
(wife), Jeremy Simms (son, deceased)
Base of Operations: New York City, USA
First Appearance: Marvel Knights 4#4 (May,
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
resistance and life expectancy.
Hair: Bald (formerly white, formerly brown)
(Marvel Knights 4#28 (fb)) - Martin Simms met and
married his teenage sweetheart, Lucy, and together had an only son,
(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
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 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 was the teenage sweetheart of Martin whom he
married, but when their only son died in a car accident, it placed
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
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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