Captain George Stacy. Art by Salvador Larocca.
|First appearance||The Amazing Spider-Man #56 (Jan. 1968)|
|Created by||Stan Lee
John Romita, Sr.
|Team affiliations||New York City Police Department|
|Supporting character of||Spider-Man|
- 1 Publication history
- 2 Fictional character history
- 3 Other versions
- 4 In other media
- 5 See also
- 6 References
Fictional character history
Little did Peter Parker know, after falling in love with Empire State University classmate Gwen Stacy, that her father was Captain George Stacy, one of the most respected former police members in the NYPD. But even in retirement, Captain Stacy kept up with the happenings at the department - and had taken a keen interest in Spider-Man. It was not long before John Jameson called Captain Stacy out of retirement to assist in the return of a device called the Nullifier - which could render any electrical or mechanical apparatus inoperative - that Doctor Octopus had tricked an amnesiac Spider-Man into stealing.
After safely securing the weapon, Captain Stacy interviewed Peter, believed to have been held captive with Doc Ock and Spider-Man. After the interview, Captain Stacy revealed to Peter that he had spent time studying the career of Spider-Man, and that he was glad to have met Peter, known for photographing the wall-crawler on numerous occasions.[volume & issue needed]
Identifying himself as a strong supporter of Spider-Man, Captain Stacy wished to see the wall-crawler redeemed in the public eye. He also took an instant liking to Peter, and openly encouraged the growing bond between the youngster and his daughter Gwen. Shortly thereafter at a dance club which employed Mary Jane Watson, Captain Stacy was put under a hypnotic trance through a rigged camera operated by Mary Jane who took photos of him unaware that these actions were aiding Wilson Fisk (aka the Kingpin of Crime). Stacy was compelled into a backroom where he underwent additional brainwashing by the camera's inventor, Dr. Winkler. Despite Spider-Man's efforts, George returned programmed to follow the Kingpin's directions. As such, Captain Stacy later stole police records for the Kingpin while Spider-Man's automatic camera captured the theft. Peter gave the photos to J. Jonah Jameson, hopeful that this apparent betrayal of the Stacy family would actually help expedite a discovery of the captain's innocence. While George and Gwen attempted to flee, they were kidnapped by the Kingpin's men and held captive at one of Norman Osborn's labs where Dr. Winkler worked. The Kingpin intended to eliminate the Stacys once they were used to lure Spider-Man into his crushing hands. While Spider-Man battled the Kingpin, Osborn arrived and tackled the Kingpin's henchmen holding the Stacy's at gunpoint. Though the Kingpin fled, and Winkler was apparently killed, the Stacy's were rescued. Osborn's testimony to the police exonerated Captain Stacy.
Captain Stacy started to suspect Peter and Spider-Man were the same person. After a feverish Peter admitted to being Spider-Man before his friends including Captain Stacy, Parker asked the Prowler to imitate Spider-Man so Peter and the web-slinger could be seen together, however, Captain Stacy could not be fooled. Called into action one night, Captain Stacy watched Spider-Man battle Doctor Octopus on a rooftop high above the city. A crowd had gathered nearby to watch the confrontation. As the two fought fiercely, chunks of concrete began to dislodge from the roof and rain on the spectators below. Spotting a child standing under the falling masonry, Captain Stacy leapt to shield the boy - and paid for his act of heroism with his own life. Abandoning the assault, Spider-Man swung down in time to hear Captain Stacy's final words, "Be good to her, son! Be good to her. She loves you so very much."
During the Dead No More: The Clone Conspiracy storyline, Jackal used a clone of George Stacy to convince the cloned Gwen Stacy to work with him as his business partner at New U Technologies. When Doctor Octopus pulls a switch which activates the Carrion Virus in all of the clones and causes them to start rapidly decaying, including George and Gwen. George deteriorates in Gwen's arms, he tells his daughter that keep Spider-Man safe while she can as the clone of George died.
In Spider-Man: 1602 Captain Stacey is the leader of the merchant vessel the May Flower and a former member of the Navy. When he and his crew set sail for England, they allow Peter Parquagh to come on as a powder monkey. Though his crew turns on Peter when they discover his powers, they accept Peter when he rescues them from pirates Wilson Fiske and The Bull's Eye.
House of M
In the timeline of the "House of M" storyline, George Stacy is a former police chief, and a personal friend of the rich and successful Peter Parker. This goes sour when Peter experiences a mental breakdown. Part of this manifests as diary filled with morbid imaginings. George Stacy reads an account of his Earth-616 death, along with the fate of his daughter.
Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane
In Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane Gwen Stacy mentions George Stacy in Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane #9 as being the reason she moves to Queens. In this version he is not a fan of Spider-Man and views him as a vigilante getting in the way of real police work.
In Marvel Adventures Spider-Man, George Stacy is given a hint from Emma Frost in issue 53 by the arrival of his daughter Gwen, who is a new student of Midtown High. In issue 54, George makes his full debut as a slightly younger character with light brown hair. He recently discovered that Peter is Spider-Man when he accidentally yelled a quote that George knows. With his identity now known, George now calls him, requesting support on some of his cases. He later feels he should not use Peter, but Peter allows George to call him if he needs help, which pleases George.
The Ultimate Marvel version of the character is named John Stacy. Much younger than his mainstream counterpart and with brown hair, he is more athletic and carries his own gun, and is not a fan of Spider-Man but admires the young hero's vigilante work. He has trouble handling his teenage daughter Gwen Stacy and has a troubled marriage. He is first seen arriving at the warehouse where a criminal is hiding out when Spider-Man catches up, and then investigates a house being attacked by Doctor Octopus while finding out that Gwen caused trouble by bringing a knife to school. He has been contacted by Daily Bugle reporter Ben Urich about his investigations. Stacy was also critical of Urich removing the Kingpin from control of New York as it led to a disorganized and chaotic scramble to gain the Kingpin's territory. His marital problems reach a conclusion when his wife abandons their family, leading Stacy to ask May Parker to watch over Gwen while he is away at a conference. During the "Public Scrutiny" story arc, he is killed by a bank robber posing as Spider-Man, as the criminal robs an armored truck and throws a bag with a bomb in it onto a nearby child. Stacy sacrifices his life to save the child. Stacy's death causes Gwen to develop a grief-stricken hatred for Spider-Man, which continues even after her father's killer confessed. May Parker eventually invites Gwen to live with the Parkers, though Gwen's animosity towards Spider-Man eventually subsides and comes to learn of Peter's secret identity.
In the Spider-Verse storyline, Earth-65's version of George Stacy ends up in the pursuit of Spider-Woman's arrest following the death of Peter Parker unaware that his daughter Gwen Stacy is Spider-Woman. When George is alone with Spider-Woman following the assassin's defeat with the intent to arrest Spider-Woman. Gwen ends up unmasking which surprises her father. A shocked George tells Gwen to run before he changes his mind. After the attack, Stacy was relieved from the command of the NYPD's Special Crimes Task Force by Mayor J. Jonah Jameson who feared Stacy would undercut him. George remained in an advisory capacity helping Foggy Nelson and the District Attorney's office until the Vulture would be caught.
In other media
- Captain Stacy appears in Spider-Man voiced by Len Carlson where he is renamed Ned Stacy and unlike his comic book counterpart, he is the uncle of Mary Jane Watson.
- George Stacy appears in The Spectacular Spider-Man, voiced by Clancy Brown. George is still depicted as Gwen Stacy's father and an active NYPD captain, he often sees Spider-Man in action, and thus truly believes the web-slinger to be a hero albeit one operating outside of the law. This version is based on both his mainstream counterpart and his Ultimate counterpart. For example, he has both his admiration and respect for Spider-Man, like his mainstream counterpart, and is younger and athletic and good with firearms, like his Ultimate counterpart. In "Group Therapy", Stacy was caught in a disbelief when Spider-Man nearly beat Doctor Octopus to death under the alien symbiote's influence. He later joins the Parkers with Gwen for Thanksgiving, thankful that his daughter was saved by Spider-Man. Captain Stacy is later forced by the Master Planner to steal secret codes from Homeland Security when the villain kidnaps Gwen, however, Spider-Man saves his daughter. Later, Stacy joins Midtown High School as an instructor for a criminal justice class in order to get close to his daughter (or to keep a closer eye on her). When both Venom and the Chameleon separately impersonated Spider-Man, George was unconvinced either was the genuine article. When Chameleon tried to frame Spider-Man by committing crimes while disguised as the web-swinger, Stacy defended Spider-Man, pointing out that the robber is taller than Spider-Man. And he was able to back up the second claim by noting the distinct differences between the black-suit Spider-Man and Venom. Venom attempts to out Spider-Man's secret identity, but Ned Lee 'proves' it cannot be true. Stacy also warned Spider-Man that as long as the latter wore a mask, people would wonder. While everyone else agrees and moves on, Stacy has a private conversation with Peter Parker about Spider-Man's need to keep the identity a secret. It is strongly hinted that he knows the truth and gives his approval in his own way. He often speaks in innuendo and encrypted dialogue to both Parker and Spider-Man that aids him in his endeavors, and provides covers and alibies to aid Peter in slipping away from school activities to do the superhero work.
- George Stacy appears in the Ultimate Spider-Man vs. The Sinister Six episode "Return to the Spider-Verse" Pt. 4, voiced by Robert Clotworthy. This version comes from Kid Arachnid's reality and is unaware that his own daughter is operating as Spider-Woman. Since the death of that reality's Spider-Man and the disappearance of Kid Arachnid, Stacy has been using robots to help the police deal with vigilantes. When Wolf Spider arrives at the police station where he attacks Spider-Man, Kid Arachnid, and Spider-Woman with Rio Morales as a hostage, George Stacy and the police officers with him try to arrest them to no avail. Following Wolf Spider's defeat, Spider-Man, Kid Arachnid and Spider-Woman run into Stacy who is now aware that his daughter has been operating as Spider-Woman and has accepted it after having a talk with Rio. Despite everything which happened previously, George admits that he understands why Gwen kept her superhero activities in secret from him and approves what she does.
Sam Raimi series
- George Stacy is portrayed by James Cromwell in Spider-Man 3. Stacy is still Gwen's father and is an active NYPD captain. Like his mainstream counterpart, he too is an admirer of Spider-Man, shown when he acts with great relief after Spider-Man saves Gwen from falling from a building. Stacy later informs Peter and Aunt May that Flint Marko (Sandman) is the real killer of Uncle Ben instead of Dennis "Spike" Carradine. He tries to comfort the angry Peter, who leaves in a rage. Stacy and Gwen later attend Harry Osborn's funeral.
- In May 2007, James Cromwell stated he thought the natural progression for the character would be for both he and Gwen Stacy to die early in Spider-Man 4 mirroring the comics. Bryce Dallas Howard said her character's death would not have bothered her. The film was ultimately unmade, despite both characters making the draft.
Marc Webb series
- Captain Stacy appears in The Amazing Spider-Man played by Denis Leary, where his character is a younger version similar to his Ultimate Marvel counterpart. In stark contrast to the comics and other adaptations (such as the Raimi films), Stacy does not approve of Spider-Man and considers him a menace. In the film, Stacy's top priority is the arrest of Spider-Man, regarding him as a vigilante on a private mission ignorant of wider issues (Stacy observes that Spider-Man's actions of primarily targeting criminals of a similar build fits the profile of a vigilante looking for a specific target, in this case, someone who looks like Uncle Ben's killer), especially after Peter causes the NYPD to botch a sting operation when he attacks a car thief they were tailing in hopes of being led to the rest of the thief's gang. Once Stacy discovers Spider-Man's identity and realizes that Spider-Man is on his side and can save his daughter, he changes his opinion. After being mortally wounded by the Lizard while buying time for Peter to release the antidote, Captain Stacy makes him promise to stop seeing his daughter Gwen, in order to keep her safe from his dangerous double life, before he succumbs to his wounds. Peter initially agrees to the promise, but later decides against it, knowing that there are some promises that cannot be kept for good reasons.
- Denis Leary reprised his role in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. He is shown as a vision haunting Peter to get him to stay away from Gwen.
- According with an IGN interview with Leary, he stated that in the unmade The Amazing Spider-Man 3, he was attached to reprise his role as Captain Stacy, because in the film Spider-Man would have resurrected Captain Stacy.
- George Stacy is briefly mentioned in Spider-Man: Edge of Time.
- George Stacy is mentioned several times in The Amazing Spider-Man video game. It is shown that Connors himself seem to hold dear remorse for killing the Captain while being in his Lizard form which caused Gwen to develop a sense of hatred and distrust towards him.
- Manning, Matthew K.; Gilbert, Laura, ed. (2012). "1960s". Spider-Man Chronicle Celebrating 50 Years of Web-Slinging. Dorling Kindersley. p. 42. ISBN 978-0756692360.
In The Amazing Spider-Man #56 fans met retired police Captain George Stacy, father of Gwen.
- Amazing Spider-Man #56
- Amazing Spider-Man #59-61
- Amazing Spider-Man #87
- Amazing Spider-Man #90
- "Stacy, George - Marvel Universe Wiki: The definitive online source for Marvel super hero bios.". marvel.com. Retrieved 28 September 2015.
- Manning "1970s" in Gilbert (2012), p. 55: "Captain George Stacy had always believed in Spider-Man and had given him the benefit of the doubt whenever possible. So in Spider-Man's world, there was a good chance that he would be destined to die."
- The Clone Conspiracy #1
- The Clone Conspiracy #4
- The Clone Conspiracy #5
- Spider-Man: House of M #1-3 (2005)
- Bendis, Brian Michael (w), Bagley, Mark (p). Ultimate Spider-Man #5 Marvel Comics.
- Ultimate Spider-Man #31
- Bendis, Brian Michael (w), Bagley, Mark (p). Ultimate Spider-Man #32 Marvel Comics.
- Edge of Spider-Verse #2
- Spider-Gwen #1
- Vejvoda, Jim. "Amazing Spider-Man 2 Set Photos Reveal Surprise Returning Character". IGN. Retrieved 3 June 2013.