Black King
Black King
Personal Info:
Real Name: Sebastian Shaw
Also Known As:
Place Of Birth: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men 129
Known Associates:
Group Affiliation: Inner Circle of the Hellfire Club
Base Of Operations: Worldwide
Grudges: X-Men
Creators: Chris Claremont and John Byrne
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Kinetic Absorption: The Black King’s mutant ability allows him to absorb kinetic energy and convert it into physical strength, agility and endurance. The upper limits to the amount of energy he can contain, and the length for which he can contain it, is unknown, but it is considerable.
Born into a poor family, Sebastian Shaw nonetheless became a self-made millionaire businessman by the age of 20, creating Shaw Industries, a multi-national corporation involved heavily with United States defence contracts and munitions. At some point, Shaw was invited to join the Hellfire Club, an elite private organization for the wealthy. Shaw quickly worked his way into a position within the Inner Circle (also called, the Chosen) of the Hellfire Club, whose true purpose was to take over the world. Shaw took the mantle of the Black Bishop (all Hellfire Club titles were based on chess pieces.)
Shaw ousted the White King, then-current leader of the Circle, when the King's plans (to use the Circle to back Dr. Stephen Lang's first creation of the mutant-hunting Sentinel robots) failed. Shaw became the Black King and leader of the Inner Circle and Hellfire Club.