KRAA THE UNHUMAN

Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Human, Mutate

Occupation: Tribal god, seeker of vengeance

Group Membership: S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Howling Commandos unit (Abominable Snowman, Bradley Beemer, Brother Voodoo, Clone of Frankenstein, Glob/Joe Timms, Gorilla Man/Ken Hale, Groot, Hellstorm, It the Living Colossus, Lilith, Living Mummy, Clay Quartermain, Sasquatch/Walter Langkowski, Vampire by Night, Warwolf/Vince Marcus, Zombie"John Doe", many others); (formerly) ; Wabuzi tribe

Affiliations: Unnamed teacher

Enemies: Merlin; Russians

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Wabuzi village, Africa

First Appearance: Tales Of Suspense I#18 (June, 1961)

Powers/Abilities: Kraa's body was of larger proportions than a normal human's, and he possessed at least enhanced level strength.

History: (Tales Of Suspense I#18 (fb))- Kraa was once a tribesman of the Wabuzi, until one day Russian soldiers came near his village to conduct atomic tests. As he ran from them, he fell into a hunter's trap, and was nearby when the bomb went off. The explosion mutated him into a large orange creature, and he cound that he was now superhumanly strong. Returning to his people, they mistook him for Kraa, the seeker of vengeance foretold in their beliefs. He played along with the role they fashioned for him, and had them build idols of him throughout the nearby country-- but placed a taboo upon their village, to keep prying eyes away from him. His ultimate plan was to seek the Russians out and destroy them for what they had done.

(Tales Of Suspense I#18)- A teacher searching for the secret behind the statues of Kraa sought him out, and interrupted a ceremony in his village. Kraa captured the teacher, and offered him a last request before killing him. The teacher asked to know Kraa's story, and so Kraa told him. He also confessed that he had been in pain since the day of the explosion, and the teacher determined that the radiation was burning him. He provided Kraa with an ointment to ease his pain, and Kraa was impressed with the teacher's display of friendship. However, before they could do anything more, they were attacked by a python. Kraa nobly saved the teacher, but as he grappled with the snake, he fell from a cliff and perished. The Wabuzi then honored the teacher as a god, believing he had slain Kraa himself.

(Warlock and the Infinity Watch#7) - Kraa actually survived, and somehow grown to gigantic size Kraa ended up on Monster Island.

(Nick Fury's Howling Commandos#6) - Kraa was recruited into S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Howling Commandos supernatural team. He was among the members that launched an assault on Merlin's forces.

Comments: Created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers.

A monster who looks just like Kraa was among the Mole Man's monsters seen in Warlock and the Infinity Watch#7...but as this monster was about as big as Godzilla, he couldn't have been Kraa...not unless the radiation made him grow a few stories taller.

The Marvel Pets Handbook (2009) profile on Mole Man's Monsters confirmed Kraa's appearance in Warlock and the Infinity Watch#7.
--David A. Zuckerman

Appendix reader Carycomix theorizes that Kraa may have had ties to other pre-Marvel monsters. He suggests the possibility that the African who would become Kraa may have come into contact with the same radioactive materials that the Deviant known as Warlord Kro used to create Grottu. Also, given the "Unhuman" nickname, Kraa may have been possessed by the formless creature known as Trull The Unhuman, who called the mutated tribesman "Kraa" due to some sort of subconscious memory of hearing the name "Kro".

Big thanks to MD Carter for allowing me to borrow images from his website, The Monsters of Jack Kirby.

by Prime Eternal

CLARIFICATIONS:
Kraa the Unhuman should not be confused with:


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Appearances:
Tales Of Suspense I#18 (June, 1961) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Jack Kirby (pencils), Dick Ayers (inks)
Warlock and the Infinity Watch#7 (August, 1992) - Jim Starlin (writer), Tom Raney (pencils), Terry Austin (inks), Craig Anderson (editor)
Nick Fury's Howling Commandos#6 (May, 2006) - Keith Giffen (writer), Mike Norton (penciler), Derec Aucoin & Norman Lee (inkers), Mark Paniccia (editor)


Last updated: 05/09/15

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