KING ARRKAM

Real Name: Arrkam

Identity/Class: Extratemporal (Earth-6676) human, technology user

Occupation: Ruler of an undefined territory

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: His Kingdom

Enemies: Executioner (Skurge), Hulk (Bruce Banner)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: The territory that was Washington, DC,
@ the 25th Century, Earth-6676

First Appearance: Tales to Astonish I#75/2 (January, 1966); (named) Tales to Astonish I#76/2 (February, 1976)

Powers/Abilities: Arrkam ruled a kingdom and was served by an army possessing weapons made with the advanced technology of the 25th Century. Among the weapons demonstrated were: a snare weapon (which fired metal netting), Exploso-Ray (take a guess), the Delta missile (one of their most destructive weapons), and the Captivator (which subjected its victim to concentrated gravity, temporarily immobilizing the target).

History: Arrkam is the king of an undefined territory within what was Washington, D.C., in of one of the potential future Earths, @ the 25th Century.

BTS - Arrkam's rule was challenged by the unexpected arrival of the Asgardian warrior Skurge the Executioner, who had traveled forward in time. Skurge led an army that opposed Arrkam's kingdom, becoming known as the "Evil One."

(TTA#75/2-77/2) - The Hulk was sent to Arrkam's time by a weapon (of Banner's own design) known as the T-Gun. The Hulk arrived in the midst of the rubble of what was Washington, DC, and was soon attacked by Arrkam's men, who believed him to be some sort of throwback from the past. They soon recognized him as the legendary Hulk, but Arrkam still attempted to have him stopped, since he could not have a rampaging brute running amok in their land, especially while they were faced with the threat of the Evil One. When assault after assault failed, Arrkam realized that the Hulk might be able to stand against the Evil One, and ordered him to be captured for study. Arrkam ordered the use of the Captivator, which stunned the Hulk long enough for him to be brought to his palace. Arrkam tried to recruit the Hulk, who wanted only to return to his own era, and so refused. The Hulk fought his way out of Arrkam's palace, but ran smack dab into the Executioner and his armies. The Hulk fought the Executioner and his warriors to a standstill, but rather than seeing the Hulk as an ally, Arrkam's men assumed that the Hulk fought the Evil One only so that he could conquer the city himself. However, as Arrkam confronted the Hulk, offering the ultimatum to surrender or die, the effects of the T Gun wore off, and the Hulk returned to his own era.

Comments: Created by Stan "The Man" Lee, Jack "King" Kirby, and Mickey "err...the Tyrannosaurus of Pencils?" Demeo.

When the Hulk went to the future, everyone in the modern era believed him to have been killed. Thinking there was no longer any reason to keep his secret, Rick Jones revealed that the Hulk and Bruce Banner were the same guy. The fact that Arrkam and his world were so poorly fleshed out leads me to believe that they were just a plot device to occupy the Hulk and make Rick reveal his secret.

CLARIFICATIONS:
No known connections to:

Skurge the Executioner should be distinguished from:


Appearances:
Tales to Astonish I#75/2 (January, 1966) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Jack Kirby (pencils), Mike Esposito (inks)
Tales to Astonish I#76/2 (February, 1976) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Jack Kirby & Gil Kane (pencils), Mike Esposito (inks)
Tales to Astonish I#77/2 (March, 1976) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Jack Kirby (layouts), John Romita Sr. (pencils/inks)


Last updated: 08/27/02

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