KANTO

Real Name: Ryan Castiglione

Identity/Class: Extra-dimensional (Earth-Amalgam) human / amazon hybrid

Occupation: (currently) adventurer; (formerly) Thanoseid's personal assassin

Affiliations: (currently) New Asgods, Highfather Odin, Big Titania; Diana Prince (Princess Diana of Themyscira); The Punisher (Trevor Castle); (formerly) Thanoseid; Granny Harkness; Female Furies, Bernadeth, Lashina, Mad Harriet, Stompa

Enemies: (currently) Thanoseid; (formerly) Diana Prince (Princess Diana of Themyscira); The Punisher (Trevor Castle)

Known Relatives: Diana Prince (mother); The Punisher (father)

Aliases: none

Base of Operations: (currently) New Asgard; (formerly) Armaghetto, Apokolips

First Appearance: Bullets and Bracelets#1 (March, 1996)

Powers/Abilities: At one time Thanoseid's most prized assassin, Kanto is an extremely skilled swordsman and presumably an efficient killer.  Gallant and chivalrous, Kanto dresses and talks as if he were raised during Europe's Renaissance era.

History:

(Bullets and Bracelets#1 (fb)) - Soon after their marriage on Themyscira, Diana Prince (Princess Diana of Themyscira) and the Punisher (Trevor Castle) had a son named Ryan Castiglione.  Ryan was named after Trevor's deceased battle friend Orion, who had briefly used the alias "O'Ryan" while posing as a mob-boss on Earth.  Shortly after Ryan's birth, however, the differences between Diana and Trevor drove them apart.  After their separation, Diana was granted sole custody of Ryan.

(Bullets and Bracelets#1 (fb)) - Thanoseid, the ruler of Apokolips, orchestrated the kidnapping of young Ryan from Diana's home (although Diana had no idea who was responsible for her son's abduction at first).

(Bullets and Bracelets#1)  - "Final Thrust" - Diana and Trevor, reunited during the search for their missing son, eventually followed Ryan's trail to Apokolips where Diana was captured by the Female Furies and taken before Granny Harkness and Thanoseid.  While Diana was incapacitated, Granny Harkness held young Ryan Castiglione and stood beside Kanto, Thanoseid's master assassin.  As Thanoseid threatened to destroy the baby if Diana did not reveal the location of the all-powerful Infinity Links (which had been destroyed during the SECRET CRISIS OF THE INFINITY HOUR), Kanto felt sorry for the fair Diana's predicament.

Minutes later, Trevor and Big Titania attacked Thanoseid's forces in an attempt to rescue Diana and Ryan.  In the ensuing chaos, Kanto confronted Diana and was about to slice her throat with his sword in the name of Thanoseid.  But, for some reason, Kanto's heart would not let him kill Diana.  Rather, Kanto withdrew his weapon and allowed Diana to escape with her life, warning her that others may not be so gallant.

Meanwhile, Thanoseid, annoyed by Trevor and Big Titania's interference, struck young Ryan with his Omega Beams, causing the baby to disappear in a flash of light.  Trevor immediately assumed that Thanoseid had destroyed his son and was about to kill Kanto for his participation in Thanoseid's scheme, but Diana (realizing that Thanoseid's Omega Beams had the ability to bend space and time) deduced that Thanoseid had merely sent Ryan back in time so he could be raised on Apokolips as Kanto -- Thanoseid's personal assassin.  Diana explained to Trevor that it would have been Thanoseid's ultimate revenge to have Trevor kill or be killed by his own son (just as Thanoseid's errant son Orion was killed defying his father's will during the SECRET CRISIS OF THE INFINITY HOUR).  When Diana looked into Kanto's eyes earlier she had realized that he was her son Ryan -- and Kanto subconsciously realized this as well, explaining why he found himself unable to kill Diana earlier.

Disgusted that his master plan did not come to fruition, Thanoseid struck Kanto with his Omega Beams again and sent him, along with Big Titania, where they belonged -- to live with Highfather Odin and the New Asgods across the Bifrost Bridge in the gleaming realm of New Asgard.  Diana and Trevor were similarly sent back to Earth.
 


Comments: created by John Ostrander, Gary Frank, and Cam Smith

Key:
Marvel characters are listed in regular, or bold black type.
DC characters are listed in bold blue type.
Amalgam characters are listed in bold purple type.

In case you're confused, Amalgam Comics didn't really exist beyond those seen in the few DC/Marvel cross-overs. The titles you don't recognize are amalgams of similar Marvel and DC comics--Snood.

Amalgam Universe

Earth-Amalgam

The SECRET CRISIS OF THE INFINITY HOUR is an amalgam of Marvel's SECRET WARS and THE INFINITY GAUNTLET and DC's CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS and ZERO HOUR.
 
 

Special thanks to writer John Ostrander for clarifying some of the component sources for his amalgamated characters and providing some additional insight into the Amalgam Universe!

            Q: Was Kanto (Ryan Castiglione) intended to have a Marvel Universe component?

            Mr. Ostrander: There was no Marvel counterpart per se to Ryan Castiglione but, on the other hand,
                there is no real counterpart to him at DC, either. There was Kanto, of course, but no such being as Ryan
                ever existed.
 

            Q: Where did the name "Ryan" come from?

            Mr. Ostrander: Trevor used the name "Ryan" to honor his friend Orion who briefly used the name
                O'Ryan when posing as an Earth mob-boss.  (Something that Orion did in THE NEW GODS.)
 

            Q: Was Kanto's origin story a nod to the similar origin of Validus (Garridan Ranzz) in the pre-Zero Hour
                DC Universe?

            Mr. Ostrander: The origin is a nod to the origin of Validus in Legion of Super-Heroes.
 

In the DC Universe's pre-Zero Hour Legion of Super-Heroes, the villain Darkseid kidnapped Garridan Ranzz, one of the twin sons of Saturn Girl (Imra Ardeen Ranzz) and Lightning Lad (Garth Ranzz), at the moment of his birth, mutated him into the lightning-emitting monster known as Validus, and sent him back in time where he became a member of the criminal alliance known as the Fatal Five.


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CLARIFICATIONS:

Also assume that the Amalgam characters have no other connection to any others than whom they are Amalgamated, unless specifically mentioned.

Kanto (Ryan Castiglione) is an Amalgam Universe version of:

            Kanto of the mainstream DC Universe, Darkseid's master assassin@ Mister Miracle #7
 


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