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Margaret 'Maggie' Sawyer (DC)(Post Crisis)

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Maggie was introduced in Superman (2nd series) in April 1987, as Captain Sawyer of the Metropolis Special Crimes Unit, a special branch of the Metropolis police force that handles superpowered menaces when Superman is unavailable. Maggie mostly replaced Inspector Henderson from the previous comics as Superman's main police contact.

She was added to the Superman canon following the Crisis on Infinite Earths and the miniseries that rebooted the comics, Superman: The Man of Steel. Her no-nonsense attitude made her an enemy of many criminals in Metropolis. This led to her a being constant thorn in Superman's side during the early days of his career, for she tried at times to prove the police force was more efficient than a vigilante, and even trying to apprehend him at times. Eventually, after being injured and saved by Superman during a terrorist plot, her attitude towards him warmed up.

Later stories revealed that she originally came from Star City, and had been married to another police officer until she realized she was a lesbian. The two had one daughter named Jamie. Since her divorce, Maggie has been in a relationship with Toby Raines, a reporter for the Metropolis Star.

Maggie had a close working relationship with Dan Turpin, the second-in-command of the SCU. Henderson, however, resented the fact that she gave orders to officers who outranked her and, when he became Commissioner following the Death of Superman storyline, resolved the situation by promoting her to Inspector.

Inspector Sawyer was the main character in the 1998 comics limited series Metropolis SCU.

In mid-2000s comics, Maggie has been transferred to Gotham City's police force as the head of the Major Crimes Unit, and is a significant character in the comic Gotham Central. The move has placed some strain on her relationship, since Toby did not follow her to Gotham.

Following the events of Infinite Crisis, Harvey Bullock discovered corruption in the GCPD apparently all the way up to Commissioner Akins. James Gordon returned to his former position as commissioner, and many of the cast of Gotham Central has not been seen since. Maggie Sawyer, however, does not appear to be involved and is still a Captain.

Maggie has recently been appearing in the series 52. In conversation, former detective Renee Montoya makes a reference to Toby Raines.

Maggie appeared at a charity ball attended by Katherine "Kate" Kane. While the two are dancing, Maggie mentions that she and Toby are no longer together and asks Kate for her phone number.

Notes: promoted to Inspector of the Metropolis P.D. in Action Comics (1938) #688.

First Appearance: Superman (1987) #4

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Issue Appearances:
52 (2006)
52: The Companion (2007)
Action Comics (1938)
Action Comics (2001)
Adventures of Superman (1987)
Adventures of Superman [I] (2013)
Adventures of Superman [II] (2013)
Aztek: The Ultimate Man (1996)
Batgirl (2000)
Batman (1940)
Batman Sonderband (2004)
Batman: Battle for the Cowl (2009)
Batman: Bruce Wayne - Murderer? (2002)
Batman: Bruce Wayne: Fugitive (2003)
Batman: Family (2002)
Batman: Streets Of Gotham (2009)
Batman: Two-Face and Scarecrow Year One (2009)
Batwoman (2011)
Batwoman [GER] (2012)
Bloodbath (1993)
Crime Bible: The Five Lessons of Blood (2007)
Crossover Classics (1991)
Dark Horse Comics/DC Comics: Superman (2016)
DC Comics Graphic Novel Collection [GER] (2015)
DC Comics Presents: Superman (2010)
DC Crossover (1998)
DC Universe Special: Reign in Hell (2008)
Detective Comics (1937)
Final Crisis: Revelations (2008)
Final Night (1996)
Gotham Central (2003)
Gotham Gazette (2009)
Gotham Gazette: Batman Alive? (2009)
Gotham Underground (2007)
Guardians of Metropolis (1994)
Legion of Super-Heroes (1989)
Lex Luthor: A Celebration of 75 Years (2015)
Loose Cannon (1995)
Metropolis S.C.U. (1994)
Outsiders (1993)
Showcase '95 (1995)
Superman (1987)
Superman (2002)
Superman & Savage Dragon: Metropolis (1999)
Superman 80-Page Giant (1999)
Superman Forever (1998)
Superman Metropolis Secret Files (2000)
Superman: Save the Planet (1998)
Superman: Secret Files (1998)
Superman: The Man of Steel (1991)
Superman: The Man of Tomorrow (1995)
Superman: The Wedding Album (1996)
Superman/Fantastic Four (1999)
Superman/Gen13 (2000)
Supermen of America (2000)
The Death and Return of Superman Omnibus (2007)
The Joker: A Celebration of 75 Years (2014)
The Superman/Madman: Hullabaloo (1997)
Two-Face: Year One (2008)

Video Game Appearances:
Superman: Shadow of Apokolips (2002)

Group Affiliation(s):
G.C.P.D. (DC)(Post Crisis)
M.P.D. (DC)(Post Crisis)
Metropolis S.C.U. (DC)

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