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Real Name: Edward "Ned" Buckman

Identity/Class: Human

Occupation: Council of the Chosen chairman

Group Membership: Hellfire Club's Council of the Chosen (Paris Seville, Sebastian Shaw and unrevealed others), Hellfire Club (John Braddock, Lourdes Chantel, Emma Frost, Harold Leland, Howard Stark, Warren Worthington Jr.)

Affiliations: DRC (Sakura), Steven Lang

Enemies: Moses Magnum, Michael Rossi, Sebastian Shaw, Samantha Sheridan, mutants in general

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: White King

Base of Operations: Hellfire Club Mansion, New York City, New York

First Appearance: (BTS) Uncanny X-Men I#96 (December, 1975); (hooded) Uncanny X-Men I#100 (August, 1976); (identified) Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe I#5 (May, 1983); (fully seen) Classic X-Men#7 (March, 1987)

Powers/Abilities: Edward Buckman possessed no known superhuman abilities. A savvy businessman and capable tactician, he commanded a great financial empire that exerted considerable political influence.

Height: 6'1"
Weight: 165 lbs.
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Blond


(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe I#5 - BTS) - Influential businessman Edward Buckman joined the New York chapter of the Hellfire Club. He quickly rose through the ranks to join the club's elite Inner Circle as its White King. Now in charge of the club, he renamed the Inner Circle the "Council of the Chosen" and introduced new, mandatory hooded uniforms much to the chagrin of various members.

(X-Men: Hellfire Club#4 (fb) ) - During the August assembly of the Hellfire Club, Buckman inducted several new members: Warren Worthington Jr., Howard Stark, Sebastian Shaw and John Braddock.

(New X-Men I#139 (fb) ) - Buckman and his Council of the Chosen attended the Hellfire Club's auditions for new exotic dancers for their various functions. One of the girls they saw perform was the ambitious mutant telepath Emma Frost. Even though she was a barely competent dancer, she used her telepathy to mesmerize Buckman and the others, assuring her a job at the Club.

(Uncanny X-Men I#100 (fb) ) - Buckman and the Council of the Chosen became involved with Steven Lang. The anti-mutant radical had taken over Larry Trask's old base where he obtained notes on the Sentinels. Lang approached the Hellfire Club with a proposal to use this knowledge to deal with the mutant threat. Aware Shaw was a mutant, Buckman sold the idea to the Council claiming he wanted to bring mutants under the control of the Hellfire Club even though he actually agreed with Lang and wanted all mutants dead as well. As a result, the Council offered Lang all the financial and practical support needed to get Project: Armageddon off the ground.

(Uncanny X-Men I#96 - BTS) - The Council of the Chosen contacted Colonel Rossi to give them a final report on Project: Armageddon. Lang however, wasn't too pleased when he heard Rossi say he wanted to shut down the project. Lang planned to kill Rossi and had the Sentinels shoot his plane down.

(Power Man Annual I#1 - BTS) - Buckman's agents had infiltrated the organization of mutant terrorist Moses Magnum, frequently reporting to him about the seismic criminal's activities. He learned Magnum had kidnapped renowned geophysicist Samantha Sheridan as part of his plan to exploit the Katsyu fault near Japan. Magnum planned to hit the fault with his laser drills to cause gigantic seismic upheavals. Not wanting his business threatened, Buckman ordered Sakura, one of the men within the DRC to kill Sheridan before Magnum could carry out his plan. However, Power Man (Luke Cage) rescued her.

(Classic X-Men#7/2 (fb) - BTS) - Buckman discovered Rossi had survived the Sentinel attack. The colonel had been taken in by newly minted Hellfire Club member Emma Frost who had learned of Buckman's plans to kill all mutants. Buckman sent one of the Sentinels to kill them.

(Classic X-Men#7/2) - The Hellfire Club celebrated Christmas with it's annual gala, Buckman oversaw the event together with his White Queen Paris Seville. During the festivities he introduced Seville to newly appointed Black King Sebastian Shaw while he in turn introduced his beloved Lourdes Chantel. Not much later, Shaw telepathically contacted Frost who revealed she had learned Buckman wanted to kill all mutants. Just then, Frost was attacked by a Sentinel prompting Shaw to order Lourdes to teleport them to where Frost was so they could help out. During the altercation, Lourdes was killed by the Sentinel. When the Council of the Chosen intervened that night Shaw had come to get his revenge. Frost took possession of Buckman's mind and had him shoot the Council and his beloved Paris Seville after which Shaw snapped his neck, ending Buckman's reign as White King and clearing the way for Shaw to take control of the Inner Circle.

Comments: Created by Chris Claremont (writer), Dave Cockrum and John Bolton (art).

The Official Marvel Indexes confirmed it was Buckman who contacted Sakura within the DRC to kill Samantha Sheridan.

Buckman received a profile in the 2011 X-Men - Earth's Mutant Heroes handbook.

Profile by MarvellousLuke

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Classic X-Men#7, p22, pan2 (main image)
New X-Men I#139, p12, pan3 (closeup)
Uncanny X-Men I#100, p11, pan4 (Council of the Chosen)
Classic X-Men#7, p32, pan5,6 (death)

Uncanny X-Men I#96 (December, 1975) - Chris Claremont, Bill Mantlo (writers), Dave Cockrum (pencils), Sam Grainger (inks), Marv Wolfman (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#100 (August, 1976) - Chris Claremont (writer), Dave Cockrum (pencils, inks), Marv Wolfman (editor)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe I#5 (May, 1983) - Mark Gruenwald, Peter Sanderson, Mark Lerer, Roger Stern, Tom DeFalco (writers)
Classic X-Men#7 (March, 1987) - Chris Claremont (writer), John Bolton (pencils, inks), Ann Nocenti, Terry Kavanagh (editor)
Power Man Annual I#1 (October, 1976) - Chris Claremont (writer), Lee Elias (pencils), Dave Hunt (inks), Archie Goodwin (editor)
X-Men: Hellfire Club#4 (April, 2000) - Ben Raab (writer), Charlie Adlard (pencils, inks), Mark Powers (editor)
New X-Men I#139 (June, 2003) - Grant Morrison (writer), Phil Jimenez (pencils), Andy Lanning (inks), Mike Marts, Mike Raicht, Nova Ren Suma (editors)

First Posted: 02/04/2016
Last updated: 02/04/2016

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