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What is the Phoenix-insignia doing on the Shadow King's helmet?

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What is the Phoenix-insignia doing on the Shadow King's helmet?

Post by nathanadler » 06 Jan 2019, 10:24

In the panel featuring Farouk and Charles's pitched battle on the Astral Plane here:
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have others noted that the Shadow King can be seen wearing samurai armour with a PHOENIX-insignia on his helmet?

While it might be brushed off as a design coincidence, if you check out the cover of reprint issue, Classic X-Men #23, illustrated by Arthur Adams he has made it much more prominent/obvious.
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What connection might Farouk have had with the Phoenix before Jean manifested it?

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