A rebel leader, he was captured by Qatari soldiers, but quickly escaped after releasing a grenade he'd held in his mouth. Stumbling through the desert, he collapsed, only to be engulfed in a white light.[1] Discovering lost Rigellian technology, he used his powers to transform three scientists into his servants[2], then began creating and selling extremely powerful weapons to local terrorist groups.

Created in such a way that made reverse engineering lethal to those who tried, Shah created a lucrative arms business for himself, taking in money and food, which he used to fund a separation of an area along the borders of Libya and Egypt he then dubbed Sharzhad.[3]

When Red Hulk and Machine Man came to investigate Sharzhad, Shah met them as Arabian Knight, letting them into the force field-protected Sharzhad and accompanying them to the palace. Once there, he revealed himself as Shah and imprisoned the two while revealing that he had also captured the real Arabian Knight.[4]

Using his enhanced powers, he probed Red Hulk's mind to find that outside forces had a hand in sending Red Hulk to him. Flying to Cairo, he threatened the populace, saying nothing would stop him from creating and controlling Sharzhad. Returning, he attacked the recently escaped Machine Man and Red Hulk, ripping Machine Man in two.[2]

Employing a range of abilities against the duo, Shah fought them until Arabian Knight broke free and cut off Dagan Shah's arms (yet Dagan managed to reattach his arms). Shah still found himself on the ropes until the arrival of General Reggie Fortean, who informed Red Hulk that Shah's Sharzhad had been officially recognized as a nation by the Arab League, and that Red Hulk was trespassing on foreign soil.

With Dagan Shah informing Red Hulk that he had two minutes to leave, Red Hulk reluctantly released him and left the new nation, with Shah vowing to eventually get his revenge on Red Hulk.[5]

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