03 June 2011

Spotlight on Sebastian Shaw

Sebastian Shaw, leader of the Hellfire Club in which he is known as the Black King, first appeared in 1980's Uncanny X-Men #129. Not to be confused with Ariel the Mermaid's crustacean friend, this Sebastian has the ability to convert kinetic energy into strength.

The appropriately black haired Shaw first appeared in X-Men the animated series' epic telling of the Dark Phoenix saga in which the Hellfire Club was known as the more kid friendly Inner Circle. Along with Emma Frost the White Queen, Selene Gallio the Black Queen, Harry Leland the Black Bishop, and Donald Pierce the White King, Shaw unwisely attempted to tap the Phoenix force buried within Jean Grey.

Once again not knowing when to leave well enough alone, Shaw and the Hellfire Club were next seen in 2008's Wolverine and the X-Men where once again they attempted to harness the Phoenix force.

Finally, in 2011 Shaw (played by Kevin Bacon) and his Hellfire Club will be front and center in X-Men: First Class. In the film, the club consisting of Shaw, Emma Frost, Azazel, and Riptide find themselves at odds with Magneto and Chuck's young X-Men.

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