Real Name: K'rk N'kzaii
Identity/Class: Extraterrestrial (Shi'ar)
Occupation: Starship captain
Group Membership: His own starship crew (Mr. S'lar, others)
Affiliations: Araki, Emperor D'ken, Imperial Guard (Blackthorn,
Starbolt, Warstar/B'nee & C'cil), Mr. S'lar;
Enemies: Samédàr, X-Men (Nightcrawler/Kurt Wagner, Sprite/Kitty Pryde)
Known Relatives: 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
(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
(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.
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.
K'rk has no known connections to
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
--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)
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
Any Additions/Corrections? please let me know.
Non-Marvel Copyright info
All other characters mentioned or pictured are ™ and © 1941-2099 Marvel Characters, Inc. All Rights Reserved. If you like this stuff, you should check out the real thing!
Please visit The Marvel Official Site at: http://www.marvel.com
Back to Characters