Shinobi Shaw, also known as a Black King of the Hellfire Club, is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character is usually depicted as an adversary of the X-Men and their affiliated teams. Created by Chris Claremont, Jim Lee and Whilce Portacio, the character first appeared in X-Factor No. 67 (June 1991). He is the son of the former Black King Sebastian Shaw, and is a mutant with the ability to control the density of his own body.

Shinobi Shaw
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Shinobi Shaw in X-Men (volume 2) No. 29
Art by Andy Kubert and Matt Ryan
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceX-Factor No. 67 (June 1991)
Created byChris Claremont
In-story information
Alter egoShinobi Shaw
SpeciesHuman Mutant
Team affiliationsShaw Industries
Hellfire Club
Notable aliasesBlack King
AbilitiesDensity control

Fictional character biographyEdit

Shinobi is the son of Sebastian Shaw, the leader of the Hellfire Club. In his first appearance, Shaw is revealed to have engaged in a series of financial machinations to ruin his father, and after bankrupting him, he attempts to kill his father by using his powers to induce a heart attack in Sebastian, and then blowing up Sebastian's home.[1] Shaw is able to briefly take control of the Hellfire Club, assuming the mantle of Black King.[volume & issue needed] Eager to return the Inner Circle to its former glory, Shaw approaches Elizabeth Braddock and Warren Worthington, attempting to convince them to become a part of the Inner Circle. Both X-Men refuse, however.[volume & issue needed] He also tried to enlist Storm as a member, but she also refused.[2]

Shaw was a member of the Upstarts, a group made up of Siena Blaze, Graydon Creed, Fabian Cortez, Trevor Fitzroy and probationary members Andreas and Andrea Strucker (of Fenris). They were manipulated by the Gamemaster and originally Selene, but the group quickly turns against her. The group participates in an elaborate game, wherein they hunt and kill assigned targets for points. During one of these games, the Upstarts target the surviving members of the New Mutants and the Hellions, but are defeated by the combined forces of X-Force and the New Warriors.[volume & issue needed]

Later, Sebastian resurfaces alive and well and is able to take control of the Hellfire Club from his son. Shaw then worked with Spiral and Mindmeld as they experiment on Karma's siblings. However, his personal assassin Clear-Cut betrays Shaw and aids X-Force in defeating him.[volume & issue needed]

Shaw is confirmed as being one of a handful of mutants who retained their powers following the 2005 "Decimation" storyline.[3] Sometime after that Shaw is killed by his father, and then resurrected by Selene. He is then sent with Harry Leland to kill his father and Donald Pierce.[4] His ultimate fate is uncertain, as it is unknown if he was among the mutants teleported to Genosha by Blink to serve as a sacrifice to Selene or if he was among the mutants that managed to escape Utopia.

In the 2019 relaunch of the X-Men comics by Jonathan Hickman, Shinobi has been resurrected on Krakoa and placed under the care of his father, where he has been appointed the Black Bishop of the Hellfire Trading Company.[5]

Powers and abilitiesEdit

Shinobi Shaw is a mutant who can alter his body's density from diamond-hard to intangible. He usually uses it as a means of escape, but he can also use the intangibility to reach into an opponent's heart and induce a heart attack, without any adverse effects on Shaw himself.[1]

Other versionsEdit

Shinobi Shaw appeared in the Ultimate X-Men title, as Emma Frost's boyfriend. He is a member of the Academy of Tomorrow, in addition to the Hellfire Club. One of his operatives, Gerald Levine, is currently spying on the Xavier Institute and Marvel Girl, under his orders. When visiting the school, Shinobi and Gerald attacked Jean in an attempt to capture the Phoenix God. This failed, as the Phoenix fought back, and both Shinobi & Gerald were taken into police custody. Later, it is revealed that Emma's also a member of the Hellfire Club in secret.[6]

Later in the Ultimate Comics: Ultimates, Tony Stark and Jarvis are seen leaving a party for Shaw in Tokyo to respond to an emergency by Nick Fury.[7]

Other mediaEdit


  1. ^ a b Claremont, Chris; Lee, Jim; Portacio, Whilce (w), Portacio, Whilce (a). "Endgame Part 3: Lunar Opposition!", X-Factor No. 67 (June 1991). Marvel Comics.
  2. ^ X-Men Annual No. 3 (1994). Marvel Comics.
  3. ^ X-Men: 198 Files. Marvel Comics
  4. ^ X-Necrosha No. 1. Marvel Comics.
  5. ^ Marauders issue 3
  6. ^ Ultimate X-Men No. 81. Marvel Comics.
  7. ^ Ultimate Comics: Ultimates No. 1. Marvel Comics.
  8. ^ Chapman, Tom (December 19, 2019). "Dark Phoenix Concept Art Debuts X-Men Nemeses, The Hellfire Club". CBR. Retrieved December 19, 2019.

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