Real Name: Sir Gordon Phillips
Identity/Class: Human mutant
Occupation: Lord Imperial of the Hellfire Club
Group Membership: Hellfire Club
Affiliations: Betsy Braddock, Hellfire Club (Sebastian Shaw, Tessa)
Enemies: Brotherhood of Mutants (Mystique/Raven Darkholme, Sabretooth/Victor Creed, Toad/Mortimer Toynbee)
Known Relatives: Lady Phillips (wife, deceased)
Base of Operations: Unrevealed, most likely New York City
First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men I#388 (January, 2001)
Powers/Abilities: Phillips was X-gene positive, though unaware he was a mutant. As the Lord Imperial of the Hellfire Club, Phillips enjoyed fabulous personal wealth and had access to substantial funds he used to maintain the Club's high standing.
Height: 6'1" (by approximation)
Weight: 220 lbs. (by approximation)
(Uncanny X-Men I#388 - BTS) - Sir Gordon Phillips became the Lord Imperial of the Hellfire Club, effectively reigning over all its branches.
(X-Treme X-Men I#3 (fb) ) - During a social meeting at the New York chapter of the Hellfire Club, Phillips met young British lady Betsy Braddock who had been assigned to infiltrate the notorious Hellfire Club. Braddock's beauty and charm caught the eye of both Phillips and Sebastian Shaw, the Club's rising Black King. However, unbeknownst to all of them, Shaw's assistant Tessa was infiltrating the club as well (working for Xavier). Fearing for the untrained Betsy's life, Tessa ambushed her during the party and pleaded with her to leave this place because the company she was keeping was evil and delighted in corruption.
(Uncanny X-Men I#388 (fb) - BTS) - Gordon Phillips and his wife hosted a social event for Hellfire Club members aboard their yacht Divinity. Aware of this, the Brotherhood of Mutants selected the vessel to field test a new strain of the deadly Legacy virus that only targeted those who lacked the mutant gene. In order to infiltrate the ship, Mystique killed Lady Phillips and took her place without anyone noticing. She then exposed the passengers to the virus.
(Uncanny X-Men I#388) - As soon as the first Hellfire Club members started to experience the effects of the virus, the Brotherhood revealed themselves. Sabretooth and Toad threatened the guests, which led the boastful Phillips to stand up to them. Sabretooth then grabbed "Lady Phillips" and kissed her in front of an outraged Gordon. Anger turned to shock when his wife turned into Mystique who explained what they'd been doing, adding that since Phillips didn't seem affected, that must mean he's also a mutant. Furious, Gordon told her he'd rather be dead than be anything like her. As if on cue, Sabretooth snapped his neck. While taking off in a chopper the Brotherhood made sure the yacht exploded, killing any survivors in the process.
Comments: Created by Chris Claremont (writer), Salvador Larroca (pencils), Art Thibert, Lary Stucker (inkers).
Sir Gordon Phillips was the Lord Imperial of the Hellfire Club, a title indicating he's the true leader of the Hellfire Club, overseeing all the different branches. The Lord Imperial stands above the Lords Cardinal and isn't considered a member of any specific branch or Inner Circle. Other Lords Imperial have been Elias Bogan, Sebastian Shaw and Roberto Da Costa
It has been unrevealed how much the Lord Imperial actually knew of what would take place in the Council of the Chosen or Inner Circle of various Hellfire Club branches. The way I understand it is that he as the leader of all the Hellfire Club branches would lead the club and it's society events without involving himself in the more sinister part of it.
Profile by MarvellousLuke
Sir Gordon Phillips has no known connections to
Gordon Philips' younger, beautiful wife. She was killed by Mystique who assumed her place so she could infiltrate Philips' yacht Divinity.
--Uncanny X-Men I#388 - BTS
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Uncanny X-Men I#388, p6, pan2 (main image)
X-Treme X-Men I#3, p9, pan6 (flashback)
Uncanny X-Men I#388, p67, pan5 (death)
Uncanny X-Men I#388 (January, 2001) - Chris Claremont (writer), Salvador Larroca (pencils), Art Thibert, Lary Stucker (inkers), Mark Powers, Pete Franco (editors)
X-Treme X-Men I#3 (September, 2001) - Chris Claremont (writer), Salvador Larroca (pencils, inks), Matt Hicks (editor)
Last updated: 08/20/16
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