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KORREK

Real Name: Korrek

Identity/Class: Extradimensional, citizen of Katharta

Occupation: Barbarian warrior, former prince

Group Membership: Dakimh's band (Dakimh the Enchanter, Howard the Duck, Jennifer Kale, Man-Thing/Ted Sallis)
formerly leader of Kathartan army

Affiliations: 2222, Agogin, Bharph, Maftra, NAAC-P30, Rabis, Zokk

Enemies: Big Mack, Bzzk' Joh and the Imperium Emporium, Congress of Realities, Klonus, Mortak, Tai, Thog and the demons of Sominus

Known Relatives: Unidentified father (King of Katharta, deceased)

Aliases: Korrek the Barbarian, Warrior Prince of Katharta, Warrior Prince of the Westlands

Base of Operations: Korrek's castle, Dimension of Katharta

First Appearance: Adventure into Fear#19 (December, 1973)

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Powers/Abilities: Korrek is a strong and able swordsman, talented hand-to-hand combatant and virtually fearless. He wielded a firesword which spewed mystic fire, and briefly wore a mystic helmet created for him by Dakimh which protected him from dimensional disturbances.

Height: 6'5"
Weight: 267 lbs.
Eyes: Blue, although mostly seen as white, with no visible irises
Hair: Blond

History:

(Adventure into Fear#19 (fb) - BTS) - Korrek is the son of the king of the realm known as Katharta.

(Adventure into Fear#16-18 - BTS) - A series of activities within "the Man-Thing's swamp", Earth's nexus of realities, disturbed the balance among the various dimensions. This disturbance was exacerbated by the Overmaster, an alias of Thog, and his Congress of Realities.

receiving the helmet from Dakimh

(Adventure into Fear#19 / Man-Thing I#1) - Korrek and his warriors began to crossover into other dimensions. On one such journey, they encountered Jennifer Kale and the Man-Thing in the Land-between-Day-and-Night. Korrek incorrectly believed Jennifer to be to blame for the disturbance.
As the imbalance grew in severity, Korrek was transported to Earth, emerging from a jar of peanut butter ("or--is it a jar of...man?"--Gerber) within Kale's house. Korrek was disoriented and fled when confronted by the entire family. In the swamp outside, he encountered the Man-Thing and attacked it, until he learned the futility in trying to injure the swamp beast. They were joined by Howard the Duck, who was also transported to Earth by the imbalance, and all three of them were confronted by a warrior force of the Congress of Realities. After some struggle, Dakimh appeared, banished the Congress, and transported Korrek and his new allies to his castle. After being joined by Jennifer Kale, the group traveled to Therea in an effort to prevent Thog and the Congress from overtaking that realm. Ultimately it was the Man-Thing who temporarily destroyed Thog, bringing his plans to a halt.

fighting Mortak

(Giant-Size Man-Thing#3 (fb) ) - Upon returning to Katharta, Korrek found that the sorcerer Klonus and his agents, Mortak and Tai, had led an attack on the village. The entire realm had been overrun and his own father, the king, slain. Korrek was captured and enslaved by Klonus and his allies for nearly a year.

(Giant-Size Man-Thing#3 / Man-Thing I#22 (fb) ) - Korrek was freed by the Man-Thing, who was sent by Dakimh. Alongside Dakimh, Jennifer, and the Man-Thing, Korrek overthrew Klonus and Mortak and retook control of Katharta. Korrek withheld himself from slaying Mortak after having him at his mercy. Dakimh's physical form was slain by Klonus in the course of the battle, and Korrek helped to lay his body to rest.

forcing Howard the Duck

(Howard the Duck I#22-24) - Korrek was again summoned to Dakimh's castle, alongside Howard the Duck, Jennifer Kale, and the Man-Thing, to stop Bzz'k J'oh and his Imperium Emporium from destroying all of reality. Korrek and his allies were assisted by NAACP-30 and 2222, magical agents of Dakimh. Korrek co-piloted the ship, the Epoch Weasel. After the Weasel broke down, Korrek attempted to arrange new transport through Big Mac, and then slew Big MAc when he refused them. Upon reaching J'oh's base, the Death Store, Korrek fended off some of J'oh's warriors while Howard incapacitated J'oh himself. After 2222 destroyed the Death Store, Korrek and his allies dropped Howard off back in Cleveland before flying off again.

Comments: Created by Steve Gerber (writer), Val Mayerik (pencils), Sal Trapani (inks).

Korrek is pretty much Conan by way of Gerber. Korrek has been described as being uniquely significant and having some cosmic purpose, although it does not appear that he has yet demonstrated this purpose.

In Man-Thing I#20, some demons of Thog impersonate Korrek, Dakimh, and others. Korrek himself does not appear in that issue.

Katharta is listed as a dimension, yet Korrek sees a village aflame and states that all of Katharta was in flames. Perhaps Katharta is one city within a larger realm, and/or Katharta is the name of the capital city and the dimension, much like Asgard.

The struggle against Bzz'k J'oh was a timely parody of the movie "Star Wars", in case it's not obvious.

Korrek received an entry in Marvel Legacy: The 1970's Handbook.

Profile by Snood

CLARIFICATIONS:
Korrek has no known connections to


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Adventure into Fear#19, p8, pan7 (main image)
Giant-Size Man-Thing#3, p6, pan1 (closeup)
Man-Thing I#1, p10, pan1,2 (receiving the mystic helmet)
Giant-Size Man-Thing#3, p29, pan6 (fight)
Howard the Duck I#23, p4, pan2 (grabbing Howard the Duck)


Appearances:
Adventure into Fear#19 (December, 1973) - Steve Gerber (writer), Val Mayerik (pencils), Sal Trapani (inks), Roy Thomas (editor)
Man-Thing I#1 (January, 1974) - Steve Gerber (writer), Val Mayerik (pencils), Sal Trapani (inks), Roy Thomas (editor)
Giant-Size Man-Thing#3 (February, 1975) - Steve Gerber (writer), Alfredo Alcala (pencils/inks), Roy Thomas (editor)
Man-Thing I#22 (October, 1975) - Steve Gerber (writer), Jim Mooney (pencils/inks), Len Wein (editor)
Howard the Duck I#22 (March, 1978) - Steve Gerber (writer), Val Mayerik (pencils), Bill Wray (inks), Steve Gerber (editor)
Howard the Duck I#23 (April, 1978) - Steve Gerber (writer), Val Mayerik (pencils), Val Mayerik (inks), Steve Gerber (editor)
Howard the Duck I#24 (May, 1978) - Steve Gerber (writer), Gene Colan (pencils), Tom Palmer (inks), Steve Gerber (editor)


Last updated: 02/01/14

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