Edward Buckman

Edward Buckman


character_name=White King
real_name=Edward "Ned" Buckman
publisher=Marvel Comics
debut="Classic X-Men" #6 (January, 1987)
creators=Chris Claremont
John Bolton
alliances=Hellfire Club Council of the Chosen Project Armageddon

Edward "Ned" Buckman, also known as the White King, was a Marvel Comics villain and leader of the New York branch of the Hellfire Club. He was created by Chris Claremont and John Bolton.

Fictional character biography

Edward Buckman, a powerful and wealthy businessman, become a member of the New York branch of the Hellfire Club, a powerful, secretive business organization. Buckman and his lover, Paris Seville, eventually rise to the leadership of the Council of the Chosen, the secret cabal leading the club. They take on the titles of White King and White Queen, respectively.

Eventually, Buckman invites Sebastian Shaw into the club, as well as Howard Stark, Warren Worthington, Jr. and Sir James Braddock; all rich businessmen. The latter three men are the forefathers of the heroes Iron Man, Archangel and Captain Britain. Later on, Buckman brings Shaw into the Council of the Chosen with the title of Black Bishop. Buckman seeks more funding for Project Armageddon, which aims to destroy mutants using the latest iteration of Sentinels. However, due to Shaw's own mutant status, Buckman tells him that Project Armageddon seeks to isolate the x-factor in order to use it to create a super-powered army for the Hellfire Club.

After the confrontation between the X-Men and Project Armageddon's Mark III Sentinels, Buckman and his partner, Steven Lang, send their Sentinels to kill Shaw and his super-powered allies: Tessa, Harry Leland and Emma Frost. In the resulting fight, Shaw's lover, Lourdes Chantel is killed.

Seeking revenge and the control of Hellfire Club, Shaw and Frost present themselves before the Council of the Chosen. Frost takes mental control of Buckman and forces him to shoot each member of the Council, including Paris Seville, and then to turn the gun on himself and commit suicide. With the Council wiped out, Shaw and Frost elevate themselves to the positions of Black King and White Queen of the Club. They replace the Council with their 'Inner Circle', which Shaw dubs The Lords Cardinal.

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