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Real Name: Kraddak

Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial

Occupation: Unrevealed

Group Membership: None

AffiliationsHans Hartog

Enemies: None

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: A galaxy different form the Milky Way

First Appearance: Tales of Suspense I#48/2 (December, 1963)
    {prima apparizione in Italia: Capitan America#28 Editorial Corno (8 maggio 1974)}

Powers/Abilities: Kraddak was at least 8'2" tall, with yellow skin. He had mental powers which enabled him to talk telepathically, read minds and foresee the future. Despite using telepathic communication, not using his mouth, he nonetheless gestured. He was probably immune to aging.

Kraddak tells about the moment of Hans' death


(Tales of Suspense I#48/2) - Kraddak visited the planet Earth almost by chance. He was travelling in his spaceship and used Earth as orientation point.
    He landed in Europe and the only human being he met was Hans Hartog.
    Kraddak read Hartog's egoistic intentions in his mind, and told him about his future. Kraddok foresaw that Hartog would die through a fall then left Earth.

    Some days later Hartog died exactly the way Kraddak had predicted.

Comments: Created by Stan Lee and Larry Lieber (writers), Larry Lieber (pencils) and George Bell (inks).

    All the members of Kraddak's species had the same powers. They were allegedly immortal or had defeated aging in some unspecified way because Kraddak referred to Hartog as "mortal".

This story was a retelling of "The Man Who Fell!" from Strange Tales I#85 (June, 1961).

Profile by Spidermay.

Kraddak has no known connections to any other character with a similar name.

Hans Hartog has no known connections to

Hans Hartog

    Hartog was a normal human. He lived in Europe.

    Hartog possessed various mines where many people worked and many families depended on him.
    In spite of several collapses in his mines and the workers' complaints, Hartog was so greedy that he did not spend money for safety.

    One day a metallic object went down from the sky and an alien came out from it. Hartog wanted to exploit the alien by trying to extort his secrets, but Kraddak was a telepath and read his intentions from his mind. The alien, who could see in the future, told Hartog that he would die next Sunday at 3 P.M. through a fall then left Earth.
    Hartog believed him and remained shocked.
    He nonetheless tried to defy his fate. The next Sunday he took all the precautions to avoid any falling. He entered one of his mines and went to the deepest place he could find. Then he laid down, so he could not fall. At 3:00 P.M. a girder sagged and a boulder fell upon him. The safety systems he had denied to his workers could have saved him.

--Tales of Suspense I#48/2

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Tales of Suspense I#48/2, p3, pan1 (Kraddak, main image)
Tales of Suspense I#48/2, p3, pan4 (Kraddak, head shot)
Tales of Suspense I#48/2, p3, pan4 (Hans Hartog)

Tales of Suspense I#48 (December, 1963) - Stan Lee (plot/editor), Larry Lieber (script/pencils), George Roussos (inks)

Last updated: 02/03/01

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