Real name: Rex Mason
First Appearance: The Brave and
the Bold #57 (December 1964-January 1965)
Residential area: Opal City, western USA, New York City, New York
Occupation: Adventurer, archaeologist, former Soldier of Fortune
Marital Status: Married
Known Relatives: Sapphire Stagg-Mason (wife); Joey Stagg-Mason
(son); Simon Stagg (father-in-law)
Hair color: brown(?)
Eye color: black
On an archaeological mission in Egypt, Rex Mason was left to die.
However, he was exposed to a meteor which transformed him into a
multi-coloured freak with the power to transform his body, in whole
or in part, into any element or compound found in the normal human
body. Encouraged by his love Sapphire Stagg (whose father had
arranged for Mason's intended death), he became a hero and
adventurer, teaming up with the Outsiders and later the Justice
League. He has fathered a son, Joey, and recently gave his life to
save his Justice League team-mates from certain death. However,
Metamorpho can never truly be labelled as 'dead', but rather
'inert', and has returned from the grave to act as a hero once more.
When billionaire Simon Stagg sent adventurer Rex Mason to Egypt to
retrieve the Orb of Ra from a pyramid, he never expected him to
return. Stagg's henchman, Java, cleaned Rex's clock. Left for dead,
Rex fell into a hidden chamber and was exposed to a radioactive
meteorite. The radiation changed Mason into a bizarre looking
shapechanging element man, Metamorpho. Manipulated by Stagg to do
tasks for the corrupt billionaire, Metamorpho maintained his
integrity and battled bizarre forces of evil. Many a battle was also
fought between the element man and Java for the affections of
Sapphire Stagg with Rex always coming out ahead. Regardless of Rex's
looks and self-conscious feelings, Stagg's daughter Sapphire would
have no other man than Rex Mason, whom she eventually married.
Metamorpho later joined the first Outsiders group, where he really
came into his own as a team player, and together they went on many
adventures and to fight crime on earth. Later however, he seemingly
died on one of their missions. However, during the Invasion crossover, Rex was
revived when the Dominion dropped the Gene-bomb on earth. Suffering
briefly from amnesia, Metamorpho joined Justice League Europe, and
later learned that Sapphire had re-married after his supposed death.
Luckily, a few years later, they were reunited, and had a son, Joey,
who inherited mutagenic powers from Metamorpho, though he was later
cured of most of these powers.
Metamorpho went on to join the American branch of the Justice
League, the first time he had joined after declining a membership
years before, and seemingly died once again when a group of White
Martians attacked Earth, during which time he was trying to save the
JLA by turning himself into a makeshift spacecraft in which to carry
them, which was more than he could endure, and he ended up in a
coma, as an inert mass for a time, but thanks to the efforts of
S.T.A.R Labs, has once again been brought back to life.
In the meantime, Rex is currently retired from crimefighting, and
spends his time with Sapphire and Joey again.
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