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KANG

Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Extradimensional (see comments) extratemporal (ca. early 31st Century) - class unrevealed (likely human technology user)

Occupation: Ruler, time meddler

Group Membership: Possibly the Council of Cross-Time Kangs

Affiliations: Ravonna, Spidey-Slaves (all Earth-57780)

Enemies: Sam Adams, Bird-Men (King, others), Captain America, Doctor Strange, Emmy (last name unrevealed), Fantastic Four (Human Torch, Invisible Girl, Mr. Fantastic, Thing), Lockjaw, Octopus Men, President of the USA, Paul Revere, Spider-Man (Peter Parker) (all Earth-57780)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Mobile across time (notably active in Earth-57780)

First Appearance: Spidey Super Stories#17/2 (July, 1976)

Powers/Abilities: Kang wears an augmented suit that permits him to travel forward and backward through time at will. The suit also protects him from any changes he might generate in the timestream. It is also capable of shooting electrical charges fired from his gloved fingertips plus short bursts of air from his boots to leap away. Arrogant, he has no qualms about altering history and has a high-level intellect that enables him to develop new technologies, such as mind-controlling helmets, which he uses to cement his rule. His throne room also has defensive technology, such as a force field. He is also trained in karate.

He uses various pieces of advanced technology, including the powerful, self-propelled Grabber, which was capable of lifting a large building into the air.

Height: 6'3"
Weight: 230 lbs.
Eyes: Unrevealed
Hair: Unrevealed

History:

(Spidey Super Stories#24/3) - King Kang ruled in the far future (ca. year 3001), but planned to rule earlier eras using time travel and electric shocks from his gloves.

(Spidey Super Stories#17/3) - Kang went back in time to the contemporary era in the USA.

(Spidey Super Stories#17/2) - Kang dwelt briefly in an American city during the bicentennial celebrations, but was frustrated and annoyed by the festivities, including a stray firework through his window. He resolved to interfere in the Revolutionary War so that the British would win instead of the colonial separatists, and he would be king of the colonies. Kang first went to the Boston Tea Party protest in late 1773, and attacked the revolutionary Sam Adams and his men. Coincidentally, Captain America and Spider-Man, on a time-traveling sight-seeing trip, were there and engaged Kang in a fight so that Adams could continue. Kang used his suit's electrical weapons, but was knocked out by Captain America's shield. Kang recovered and time-traveled to April 1775; he smashed lanterns so that the revolutionary Paul Revere couldn't be alerted. Mystically observing Kang's mischief from 200 years later, Dr. Strange used a magic spell to send Captain America and Spider-Man to tackle Kang. A quick, charged duel ensued, but Kang escaped (with a Spider Tracer secretly planted on him) by traveling through time to Philadelphia in July 1776, and the signing of the American Declaration of Independence. With Strange's help, Captain America and Spider-Man followed and stopped Kang from detonating a thermal bomb. Frustrated and enveloped in Spidey's webbing, Kang was taken by the two heroes back to their own time and a bicentennial party at Electric Company studios.

(Spidey Super Stories#24/5 (fb)) - Hating Spider-Man, Kang returned to his time and forced citizens wear slave helmets to make them passive, then made them wear Spider-Man outfits so he could kick them around. The Spidey-Slaves' numbers swelled to become a small army enforcing Kang's will.

(Spidey Super Stories#24/5) - Detecting trouble, the time-traveling dog Lockjaw brought Spider-Man to the future in Kang's era. Seeing the two arrive, Kang sent his Spidey-Slaves after the duo, but the two easily evaded them. Spider-Man then attacked Kang directly in his throne room. Kang knocked him out and prepared a slave helmet for his foe, but Lockjaw teleported in, crushing the helmet in his jaws, before hurling Kang into the timestream. This broke Kang's influence over the Spidey-Slaves.

(Spidey Super Stories#30/5) - The Fantastic Four team attended the White House for "Fantastic Four Day" and awards, when Kang arrived to take over America. Kang used his flying yet small Grabber to lift the White House building into the air so he could steal it. Kang stole lemonade from the girl Emmy, then used a rocket to enter orbit, towing the White House behind him. He televised himself across all US channels, declaring he was the new US leader. However, with the Fantastic Four's help, Spider-Man crashed in and knocked Kang out before returning to Earth with the building. Kang recovered in the rocket's cockpit, but Emmy saw the thief and attacked. Seeking to escape, Kang clumsily hit the ejector seat button and fell headlong into a lake.

(Spidey Super Stories#54/2 (fb) - BTS) - Returning to his era, Kang befriended Ravonna, but she became deathly ill and needed the healing power from two rocks held by his opponents - Bird-Men and Octopus Men.

(Spidey Super Stories#54/2) - Kang kidnapped Mr. Fantastic and Spider-Man using a hidden time machine to bring them to his era. Gaining compliance by refusing to send the heroes home unless they obeyed him, Kang then instantly sent Spider-Man to tackle the Bird-Men and Mr. Fantastic to address the Octopus Men. The heroes returned successful and Ravonna recovered, but Kang wanted to keep the two heroes trapped in his era. The heroes resisted and a fight broke out with the defiant Kang, soon joined by Bird-Men and Octopus Men against Kang's guard. However, Ravonna's intervention calmed Kang and he returned Mr. Fantastic and Spider-Man back to their era, but was sure he would see them again.

Comments: Created by Jim Salicrup (writer), Win Mortimer (pencils), Mike Esposito & Tony Mortellaro (inks).

Height and weight stats are taken from the usual "Earth-616" version, as they look very much alike.

In SSS#54, Kang says that he'll meet Spider-Man and Mr. Fantastic again, but the series was canceled three issues later, so we never got to see this Kang meet those two again. It could be that SSS#54 took place before SSS#30 for Kang - but it's not clear. Kang was more maniacal in SSS#30, so it seems unlikely.

In his final appearance, he has a blue face covering compared to his earlier metal face-plate (he's called "tin-face" by Spidey). Maybe the blue connects him to the Council of Cross-Time Kangs, or maybe the metal plate was for time-traveling (although he wore it for the domestic-time Spidey-Slaves story).

Kangs and similar beings who diverge after leaving their home reality (6311) are difficult to designate, because many/most of them are from the same base reality. So this Kang is active on Earth-57780, but is not necessarily native to it. The human Nathaniel Richards of Earth-6311's 31st Century is the basis for nearly all divergent Kang counterparts.

Profile by Grendel Prime.

CLARIFICATIONS :
Kang of Earth-57780 has no known connections to:


Grabber

Grabber

Invented by Kang, the Grabber was a small hand-held item that could fly. Presumably using force-field technology and localized gravity, it could grab anything and lift it into the air. Spider-Man was unable to redirect its course when Kang used it to lift the governmental White House building up from the ground.

 

--Spidey Super Stories#30/5


Bird-Men

Created by Kang, Bird-Men did not like him because of his despotic ways, although they considered Ravonna a friend. They initially shot at Spider-Man, thinking him allied to Kang, but took him to their king once they realized Spidey's quest. They later joined a confrontation with Kang in his throne room.

Bird-Men are humanoid in shape and cannot fly. Their name seems derived from their ability to control giant flying birds. The angular characteristics of their bodies indicate they are android/cyborg in nature. They use destructive beam weapons to eliminate opponents and are ruled by their own king.

 

 

 

--Spidey Super Stories#54/2


Bird-Men King

The King of the Bird-Men supported Spider-Man's quest to obtain a healing rock to save Ravonna. The King initially used the rock as part of his crown, but passed it to Spidey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

--Spidey Super Stories#54/2


Octopus Men

The Octopus Men disliked Kang, but held a healing rock Kang needed to save Ravonna. Not wishing to hurt anyone, they passed the rock to Mr. Fantastic for his quest. They later joined a confrontation with Kang in his throne room.

Octopus Men are fairly human-like, but have six long rubbery arms and two legs. They are not overtly violent and usually reside underwater, but can move unaided on land as well.

 

 

--Spidey Super Stories#54/2


Ravonna

Ravonna

An ally of the Bird-Men in Kang's era, Ravonna became a friend of Kang's but was struck ill and near death, and fell unconscious. Devoted to her, Kang forced Spider-Man and Mr. Fantastic obtain two healing rocks to help her. Once recovered, she persuaded Kang to keep his word and send the heroes back to their era. Mr. Fantastic was hopeful that Ravonna would have a positive influence on Kang.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

--Spidey Super Stories#54/2


Spidey-Slaves

Spidey-Slaves

Kang's Spidey-Slaves were everyday men and women in Kang's time who were forced to wear slave helmets and Spider-Man costumes. They became like slaves and Kang enjoyed kicking them. Spidey-Slaves formed at least part of Kang's police force, arresting dissenters. Spidey-Slaves had no powers. Kang's influence vanished when he disappeared into the timestream. Not remembering their time as Spidey-Slaves, the people threw away their Spider-Man costumes and returned to their usual roles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

--Spidey Super Stories#24/5


images: (without ads)
Spidey Super Stories#17, p21 (main image)
Spidey Super Stories#54, p5, pan3 (headshot)
Spidey Super Stories#54, p12, pan2 (using boot jets)
Spidey Super Stories#30, p24, pan3 (Grabber)
Spidey Super Stories#54, p7 (Bird-Men on giant birds)
Spidey Super Stories#54, p12, pan4 (Bird-Men)
Spidey Super Stories#54, p9, pan1 (Bird-Men King)
Spidey Super Stories#54, p10, pan2 (two Octopus Men)
Spidey Super Stories#54, p6, pan3 (Octopus Man headshot)
Spidey Super Stories#54, p4, pan4 (Ravonna)
Spidey Super Stories#24, p24, pan1 (Spidey-Slaves)


Appearances:
Spidey Super Stories#17/2 (July, 1976) - Jim Salicrup (writer), Win Mortimer (pencils), Mike Esposito & Tony Mortellaro (inks), A.J. Hays (editor)
Spidey Super Stories#17/3 (July, 1976) - Jim Salicrup (writer), Win Mortimer (pencils), Mike Esposito & Tony Mortellaro (inks), A.J. Hays (editor)
Spidey Super Stories#24/3 (July, 1977) - Ralph Macchio &/or Kolfax Mingo (writer), Win Mortimer (pencils), Mike Esposito (inks), A.J. Hays (editor)
Spidey Super Stories#24/5 (July, 1977) - Ralph Macchio &/or Kolfax Mingo (writer), Win Mortimer (pencils), Mike Esposito (inks), A.J. Hays (editor)
Spidey Super Stories#30/5 (January, 1978) - Nick Cuti &/or Kolfax Mingo (writer), Sal Buscema (pencils), Mike Esposito (inks), A.J. Hays (editor)
Spidey Super Stories#54/2 (September, 1981) - Steven Grant (writer), Win Mortimer (pencils), Mike Esposito (inks), Caroline Barnes & Debbie Walker (editors)


First posted: 04/12/18

Last updated: 04/12/18

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