RAJAH

Real Name: Kahir Mahadevu

Identity/Class: Human

Occupation: Circus performer, elephant trainer

Group Membership: Circus of Crime (Bruto the Strong Man, Clown/Eliot "Crafty" Franklin, Fire-Eater, Great Gambonnos, Human Cannonball, Live Wire, Precious the snake, Princess Python, Ringmaster/Maynard Tiboldt, Teena the Fat Lady)

Affiliations: Circus of Crime (Bruto the Strong Man, Clown/Eliot "Crafty" Franklin, Fire-Eater, Great Gambonnos, Human Cannonball, Live Wire, Precious the snake, Princess Python, Ringmaster/Maynard Tiboldt, Teena the Fat Lady), Sultan the elephant

Enemies: Hulk (Bruce Banner), Shroud, Sub-Mariner (Namor McKenzie), Kate Waynesboro

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Mobile

First Appearance: Super-Villain Team-Up I#8 (October, 1976)

Powers/Abilities: Rajah was a talented elephant trainer who performed with circuses.

Height: 6'2" (by approximation)
Weight: 180 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black

History: (Super-Villain Team-Up I#8 (fb) – BTS)) – Rajah, a man in a turban who trained and rode elephants in circus performances, joined the Circus of Crime.

(Super-Villain Team-Up I#8) – In Latveria, the Circus of Crime was attacked by Sub-Mariner and Shroud. During the battle, Rajah rode his bull elephant, crashing it into Sub-Mariner, who soon recovered and flipped the elephant over. Later, Sub-Mariner posed as Rajah for a brief time.

(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe I#2 – BTS) – Rajah wasn't invited to return from Europe with the Circus but he eventually rejoined.

(Incredible Hulk II#292 (fb) – BTS) – The Circus (Ringmaster, Clown, Fire-Eater, the Great Gambonnos, Human Cannonball, Live Wire, Rajah (aboard his elephant Sultan), Teena the Fat Lady, Bruto the Strong Man and Princess Python (with Precious)) headed to Mexico, fleeing warrants. Ringmaster forced Dragon Man to perform with them.

(Incredible Hulk II#292) – When the Circus saw the Bruce Banner arrive with his girlfriend Kate Waynesboro, Ringmaster forced Banner to change to Hulk and battle Dragon Man. Before the fight concluded, the Big Top was destroyed.

Comments: Created by Steve Englehart, Keith Giffen and Owen McCarron.

Rajah's real name was revealed in Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe I#2 in the Circus of Crime entry.

Profile by Chadman.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Rajah has no known connections to:


Sultan the elephant

(Incredible Hulk II#292) – Rajah rode Sultan the elephant while performing with the Circus of Crime. Sultan pulled the veil off the cage containing Dragon Man and later was picked up by the Hulk. Rajah and Sultan fled when Hulk and Dragon Man battled.



--Incredible Hulk II#292


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Super-Villain Team-Up I#8, p14, pan7 (on elephant)
Super-Villain Team-Up I#8, p14, pan8 (face)
Incredible Hulk II#292, p4, pan2 (Sultan)


Appearances:
Super-Villain Team-Up I#8 (October, 1976) – Steve Englehart (writer), Keith Giffen (penciler), Owen McCarron (inker), Marv Wolfman (editor)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe I#2 (February, 1983) - Mark Gruenwald (writer, editor), various (art)
Incredible Hulk II#292 (February, 1984) – Bill Mantlo (writer), Sal Buscema (penciler), Joe Sinnott (inker), Ann Nocenti (editor)


First Posted: 08/18/2018
Last updated: 08/18/2018

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