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D'Ken is a male comic supervillain that features in Marvel Comics.



The unborn child of Katherine Summers was believed to had been killed by Christopher Summers but the boys near-lifeless body was later taken to an incubation-accelerator where he was matured to be a servant in Shi'ar society. (X-Men: Deadly Genesis v1 #6)

In reality, he was not killed but instead rendered in a coma for years and left confined in bed as the synapses in his brain were severed from contact with the M'Kraan Crystal. For years, telepaths dispatched by the Secret Order were sent to attempt to repair the former Emperor's mind but were driven insane as a result. (Uncanny X-Men v1 #483)

To defeat his sister, he orchestrated a trap at the wedding of Deathbird to Vulcan where he intended to sacrifice Xavier to the M'Kraan Crystal. They fell for the trap with heavy fighting between D'Ken's forces and those of Lilandra. During the fighting, Lilandra was captured and D'Ken sought to torture her but he was struck from behind by the newly married Vulcan. Vulcan then proceeded to kill D'Ken as revenge for his actions in killing his mother with his body reduced to a skeleton. In the aftermath, Gabriel Summers status as Deathbird's husband meant that he claimed his crown whereupon he decreed that he was now Emperor Vulcan of the Shi'ar Imperium. (Uncanny X-Men v1 #485)


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  • D'Ken was created by Chris Claremont and Dave Cockrum where he made his first appearance in Uncanny X-Men v1 #97 (February, 1976).

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In other media


  • In X-Men, D'Ken appeared in the 1990s animated television series as the main antagonist in the Phoenix Saga adaptation.


  • Uncanny X-Men v1:

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