- "You wanna make this city great again, this is how; with business, money."
- —Justin Claybourne's argument with The Hood[src]
Justin Claybourne (died late 2012) was the corrupt CEO of Claybourne Pharmaceuticals and an associate of the black market profiteers AK Desmond Group who masterminded an outbreak of tuberculosis in Lamb Valley. His name was on "The List", subsequently leading to him being killed by the Hood. Justin's son, Simon Morrison, decided to avenge his father.
Justin Claybourne was the CEO of Claybourne Pharmaceuticals. At some point, he married but soon began an affair with a woman surnamed Morrison, which went on long enough that Claybourne bought her a house in Opal City. On April 21, 1986, Claybourne and his mistress had an illegitimate son, Simon Morrison. Claybourne was eventually divorced from his wife, who made mention of this son.
Around 26 years later, Claybourne had become a corrupt businessman connected to AK Desmond Group, a secretive organization which operated on the black market. He had a loving relationship with his son, until discovering that Simon had psychiatric issues. Claybourne began the process of disowning Simon, something only his lawyer, Darren Coffman, was privy to.
In cahoots with AK Desmond Group, Claybourne released their weaponized tuberculosis in Lamb Valley, threatening many lives. His company had acquired the rights to a cure, Dycloseral, the price of which went from $10 a pill to $1,000 overnight as a means to profit from the outbreak. The Hood tried to intimidate Claybourne during a meeting with his associates into stopping the operations and making things right. When that didn't work, the Hood went on a killing spree through Claybourne's guards at the AK Desmond Group's Starling City hideout on 1852 West Maple, on the 30th floor. He finally cornered and killed Claybourne on the roof by shooting an arrow into his chest. According to his autopsy, Claybourne didn't die from the arrow piercing his aortic arch, but by drowning in the pool, where he lasted for 145 seconds before finally dying.
After Claybourne's death, Simon started ruthlessly training and took up the mantle of Prometheus, using vengeance for his father as an excuse for his psychopathic mission.
Behind the scenes
- In the DC comics, Charles Chase is the father of Adrian Chase.
- In the DC comics, the name of Prometheus' father is unknown. The unnamed criminal worked in conjunction with his wife, Prometheus's mother, until they were both were killed by cops. Prometheus desired to avenge his parents' death and went to great lengths to destroy all forms of justice.