Real Name: Korrek
Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Katharta) barbarian
Occupation: Warrior, King; former Prince
Group Membership: Dakimh's band, formerly leader of Kathartan army
Affiliations: Zokk+Maftra (gods),
Agogin+Bharph+Rabis (entities invoked);
Dakimh the Enchanter, Howard the Duck, Jennifer Kale, Man-Thing, NAAC-P30, 2222
Enemies: Big Mack, Bzzk' Joh and the Imperium Emporium, Congress of Realities, Klonus, Mortak, Tai, Thog and the demons of Sominus
Known Relatives: Father (unnamed, king, deceased)
Aliases: Korrek of Katharta; Warrior Prince of Katharta, Warrior of the Westlands
Base of Operations: A Castle within the Dimension of Katharta
First Appearance: Adventures into Fear I#19 (December, 1973)
Powers: Korrek is a skilled swordsman,
and a talented hand-to-hand combatant. He is virtually fearless,
and always willing to fight for a cause. "We are not a
bright race, but we are strong."
He uses a sword that can project mystical force. The sword is able to cut through most other forms of metal.
He briefly wore a helmet, given to him by Dakimh, the allowed him to safely navigate through dimensional interspace.
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 267 lbs.
History: Korrek is the son of the king of the realm known as Katharta.
(AdvF#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.
(AdvFear#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.
(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.
(GS ManTh#3, ManTh 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.
(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 and Val Mayerik.
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.
Korrek is pretty much Conan by way of Gerber.
Giant-Size Man-Thing. Now that's comedy. Thank you, Peter David.
The struggle against Bzz'k J'oh was a timely parody of the movie "Star Wars", in case it's not obvious.
We're closing in on 24 years since Korrek's made an appearance. I was hopeful he'd show his face in Gerber's new Howard the Duck mini (go read it!), but things are looking grim...
Korrek has an entry in Marvel Legacy: The 1970's Handbook.
Tai, a warrior serving Klonus, @ GS Man-Thing#3, has no known connection to:
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#22-23 (March-April, 1978) - Steve Gerber (writer), Val Mayerik (pencils), Bill Wray & Val Mayerik (#23) (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: 08/02/02
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