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King Coal (New Earth)

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King Coal is a British crimelord and rival of the "Pearlies", led by the Pearly King. Just before the Blackest Night, King Coal acquired a Lazarus Pit in a mine in the British countryside and tried to sacrifice Batwoman, hoping to turn Newcastle into the "New Jerusalem of Crime". He was unsuccessful in his goal.

  • King Coal has a group of underlings at his disposal who dress like chimney-sweeps.
  • According to notes by King Coal's creator, Grant Morrison, inspiration for the character is taken from Arthur Scargill, socialist leader of a miners' union in Newcastle in the 1980s, and from the phrase "coals to Newcastle".
  • King Coal was mentioned in JLA Classified #2. He is part of a collection of ideas regarding Knight & Squire, which was put together by Grant Morrison.


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