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Maggie Sawyer
Maggie Sawyer.jpg
Adventures of Superman #498
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Superman vol. 2, #4 April 1987
Created by John Byrne
In-story information
Full name Margaret Sawyer
Species Human
Place of origin Earth
Team affiliations Gotham City Police Department
Metropolis Special Crimes Unit

Maggie Sawyer is a fictional police officer that appears in stories published by DC Comics, and has been a supporting character in both Superman and Batman comic books.


Fictional character biography

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, The Man of Steel. Her no-nonsense attitude made her an enemy of many criminals in Metropolis. This led to her being a 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.[1] The two had one daughter named Jamie.[1] Since her divorce, Maggie has been in a relationship with Toby Raines, a reporter for the Metropolis Star.[1]

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 appeared in the series 52.

In Week Three, she arrives to a scene to find the body of Alex Luthor. She calls in Steel to ID the body, when Lex Luthor comes in with the press and announces that Alex was the one responsible for all of Luthor's wrong-doings.[2]

In conversation, former detective Renee Montoya makes a reference to Toby Raines.

In Week Twelve, Maggie yells at Renee Montoya for busting up a cover for Intergang, closing all leads to Intergang in Gotham City. [3]

Detective Comics

Maggie appeared in Detective Comics #856 at a charity ball attended by Katherine "Kate" Kane. While the two were dancing, Maggie mentioned that she and Toby were no longer together and asked Kate for her phone number.

In other media

In the 1990s cartoon Superman: The Animated Series, Captain Maggie Sawyer was voiced by Joanna Cassidy. Toby Raines, voiced by Laraine Newman, was seen by Maggie's bedside in several hospital scenes in the episode "Apokolips...Now! part 1" (and was later seen consoling Maggie at Dan Turpin's funeral service in "Apokolips...Now! part 2"). Bruce Timm has stated in the commentary for "Tools of the Trade" those scenes were the creators' way of acknowledging her sexual orientation. She can be seen in background in Justice League episode "Hereafter" attending Superman's funeral.

The 2000s television series Smallville episodes Insurgence, Exile, Exposed, and Descent feature actress Jill Teed playing the role of Lieutenant and later Detective Sawyer.

See also


  1. ^ a b c Byrne, John (w), Byrne, John (p), Kesel, Karl (i). "Wings" Superman 2 (15) (March 1988), DC Comics
  2. ^ "52" Week Three
  3. ^ "52" Week Twelve

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