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Maxwell Lord is a wealthy businessman and entrepreneur responsible for organizing the Justice League International. Taking an interest in their management, he secured United Nations sponsorship for the League and acted as their leader for several years. During Invasion! he discovered he was a metahuman with powerful mind control abilities. He eventually betrayed the Justice League International, killed Ted Kord and attempted to eliminate all metahumans. His other aliases have included Black King and Lord Havok. He has also been a member of the Arcana, the Black Lantern Corps, Checkmate, the Extremists, the Illuminati and the Super Buddies. Maxwell Lord was created by Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis and Kevin Maguire, first appearing during the A New Beginning storyline in Justice League #1. (1987)

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