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Fri Oct 15, 2021, 07:35 AM

The origin of Super Villians: Sebastian Shaw


Sebastian Hiram Shaw is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He has been frequently depicted as an adversary of the X-Men.

A mutant, Shaw possesses the ability to absorb energy and transform it into his own raw strength. He is the leader of the New York branch of the Hellfire Club, an exclusive secret society composed of mutants bent on world domination, although to the public, he is a legitimate businessman and ordinary human. He once funded the mutant-hunting Sentinel program to keep it under his thumb. In 2009, Shaw was ranked as IGN's 55th Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time.[2]

Kevin Bacon played the character in the film X-Men: First Class.

Publication history
Created by writer Chris Claremont and artist/co-writer John Byrne, Sebastian Shaw first appeared in The Uncanny X-Men #129 (Jan. 1980).[3] John Byrne based the appearance of Sebastian Shaw on British actor Robert Shaw, who had died in 1978.[4]

Fictional character biography
Sebastian Shaw was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His power first manifested shortly after he was accepted to engineering school and his father Jacob Shaw died after he contracted an incurable disease. Sebastian Shaw devoted himself to his studies and created Shaw Industries, becoming a millionaire by age 30 and a billionaire by age 40. Shaw is weak against Chaos magic, a power that is possessed by Scarlet Witch.

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Fri Oct 15, 2021, 08:00 AM

1. The Chris Claremont / John Byrne / Terry Austin years...

... of making the X-Men comics were my favorite as a teenager.

When that team ended, my interest in comic books ended as well. (I was also older, so my interest was surely waning anyway.)

I had every issue of The Uncanny X-Men, from #94 on up. (I'd acquired #94 and other early issues by trading and other means, since those were published before my interest in the stories.)

I later sold all of them to a comic book store, long ago.

Just checked the prices on #94... about $70,000 for near-mint condition.

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