K'RK

Real Name: K'rk N'kzaii

Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial (Shi'ar)

Occupation: Starship captain

Group Membership: His own starship crew (Mr. S'lar, others)

AffiliationsAraki, Emperor D'ken, Imperial Guard (Blackthorn, Fang, Gladiator/Kallark, Hussar, Neutron/Quasar, N'rill'iree, Oracle/Sybil, Starbolt, Warstar/B'nee & C'cil), Mr. S'lar;
formerly Samédàr

EnemiesSamédàr, X-Men (Nightcrawler/Kurt Wagner, Sprite/Kitty Pryde)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Unrevealed location within the Shi'ar galaxy

First Appearance: (behind-the-scenes): X-Men I#97 (February, 1976); (seen): X-Men I#105 (June, 1977)

Powers/Abilities: K'rk had the standard abilities of the Shi'ar race.

History: (Classic X-Men I#13 (fb) - BTS) - Trained by Emperor D'ken's sister Lilandra herself, K'rk soon learned all of Lilandra's tricks.

(X-Men I#107 (fb) - BTS) - Much later, following a Shi'ar civil war that had erupted when rumor leaked that Lilandra had tried to kill and usurp her brother, Shi'ar Emperor D'ken, Lilandra was captured and held aboard K'rk's Imperial flagship en route to her execution.

(Classic X-Men I#14/2 - BTS) - While onboard K'rk's ship, Lilandra was met by a holographic projection of her brother, Emperor D'ken, who suggested exile for his sister, rather than death. Crew member S'lar soon reported multiple contacts around their ship and moments later, K'rk's ship was hit by a blast from a Shi'ar Pathfinder ship. K'rk demanded a damage report from his science officer and she quickly reported the damage. She then received a transmission from one of the Pathfinders, requesting they yield Lilandra. When the science officer refused, Lilandra took advantage of the distraction to escape with the Pathfinders.

(X-Men I#97 - BTS/Classic X-Men I#10 - BTS) - Captain K'rk and his crew pursued the escaping Lilandra across the Shi'ar empire alongside other Shi'ar ships.

(X-Men I#105 (fb) - BTS) - K'rk and his crew were tasked with destroying Lilandra once they caught up to her.

(X-Men I#104 - BTS) - As Lilandra neared Earth, Captain K'rk's Imperial Cruiser caught up to Lilandra and fired photon torpedoes with the intent to kill.

(Classic X-Men I#13 - BTS) - K'rk's ship fired a second volley of photon torpedoes that hit very close to Lilandra's ship. Recalling how she had trained K'rk, Lilandra realized he knew all of her tricks and that she couldn't lose him.

(X-Men I#105) - Making a ship's log about recent events involving his ship's pursuit of the escaped Lilandra, K'rk ordered his science officer to provide him with a status report. The officer reported back that Earth was a Class M planet with sentient, hominid life forms and that it was a 4.7 on the Verakis Scale. Watching Lilandra as she grew closer to Earth, K'rk ordered his crew member S'lar to maintain firing distance from Lilandra until K'rk's science officer reported that Earth had encountered Galactus four times in recent history and beaten the cosmic being back each time. Shocked, K'rk ordered his ship to do a hard u-turn and retreat from Earth, asking his science officer to do a full sensor scan of Earth while all other stations go to battle alert. K'rk then suggested that if Earth could drive off Galactus, its power might rival that of the Shi'ar empire itself.

(Uncanny X-Men I#156 - BTS) - K'rk captained a starship assigned by the Shi'ar to obtain Lilandra from Earth, and to issue an attack on Earth if Lilandra was not procured.

(Uncanny X-Men I#157) - When Samédàr ordered the attack to proceed, K'rk questioned this order, wanting to hear it from Araki (not knowing Araki had been murdered). Captive X-Men Nightcrawler and Sprite caused the Shi'ar to believe Dark Phoenix was attacking the ship to stall them, and a large fight broke out between members of the Imperial Guard. Samédàr was soon stopped by Lilandra before the attack could be initiated.

Comments: Created by Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum, and Bob Wiacek.

I'm pretty sure that K'rk has no connection to a certain Star Trek character. An utter coincidence, obviously.
For the two people out there, who don't get what Chadman is talking about (I mean you over there under the stone). The captain of the Enterprise in the Sci-Fi series Star Trek was named James Tiberius Kirk. The character was played by William Shatner.
--Markus Raymond

Captain K'rk's ship appears in the new art in Classic X-Men I#10 that bridges together two pages from the original X-Men I#102 story. This new art was penciled by John Romita, Sr. and inked by Sam Grainger. Similarly, the ship also appears behind-the-scenes in the new art provided for the X-Men I#105 story in Classic X-Men I#13. This time, the new art was provided by Bob Layton.

Profile by Chadman and Proto-Man.

CLARIFICATIONS:
K'rk has no known connections to

Mr. S'lar has no known connections to

Mr. S'lar

Mr. S'lar was one of the navigation officers aboard K'rk's ship. When the captured Lilandra was speaking with a holographic image aboard the ship, S'lar picked up multiple contacts in their vicinity. The ships soon fired on K'rk's ship and, in the distraction, Lilandra escaped aboard one of the Pathfinder ships. K'rk, S'lar and his crew pursued, eventually tasked with destroying Lilandra outright, but when they came upon Earth, K'rk's science officer reported that Earth had fended off four Galactus encounters, prompting K'rk to order his ship to retreat. He was later presumably onboard K'rk's ship when Nightcrawler and Sprite tricked the Shi'ar into believing Dark Phoenix was attacking.

--X-Men I#105 (X-Men I#107 (fb) - BTS, Classic X-Men I#14/2, X-Men I#97 - BTS, X-Men I#105 (fb) - BTS, X-Men I#104 - BTS, Classic X-Men I#13 - BTS, X-Men I#105, Uncanny X-Men I#156-157 - BTS,


images: (without ads)
X-Men I#105, p7, pan3 (K'rk, main image)
X-Men I#105, p7, pan6 (K'rk, headshot)
Uncanny X-Men I#157, p13, pan5 (K'rk questioning Samédàr)
Classic X-Men I#14, p23, pan4 (Mr. S'lar)


Appearances:
X-Men I#97 (February, 1976) - Chris Claremont (writer), Dave Cockrum (pencils), Sam Grainger (inks), Marv Wolfman (editor)
X-Men I#104 (April, 1977) - Chris Claremont (writer), Dave Cockrum (pencils), Sam Grainger (inks), Archie Goodwin (editor)
X-Men I#105 (June, 1977) - Chris Claremont (writer), Dave Cockrum (pencils), Bob Layton (inks), Archie Goodwin (editor)
X-Men I#107 (October, 1977) - Chris Claremont (writer), Dave Cockrum (pencils), Dan Green (inks), Archie Goodwin (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#156 (April, 1982) - Chris Claremont (writer), Dave Cockrum (pencils), Bob Wiacek (inks), Louise Jones (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#157 (May, 1982) - Chris Claremont (writer), Dave Cockrum (pencils), Bob Wiacek (inks), Louise Jones (editor)

Classic X-Men#10 (June, 1987) - "Who Will Stop the Juggernaut?" story - Chris Claremont (writer), Dave Cockrum, John Romita Sr. (pencils), Sam Grainger (inks), Ann Nocenti (editor)
Classic X-Men#13 (September, 1987) - "Phoenix Unleashed!" story - Chris Claremont (writer), Dave Cockrum (pencils), Bob Layton (pencils, inks), Ann Nocenti (editor)
Classic X-Men I#14 (October, 1987) - "What Stuff Our Dreams are Made Of..." story - Chris Claremont (writer), John Bolton (art), Ann Nocenti (editor)


Last updated: 12/24/16

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