Classification: Extraterrestrial humanoids
Location/Base of Operations: Planet Krangro, Milky Way Galaxy
Known Members: Creature from Krangro (military commander), unidentified military commander, unidentified king
Enemies: Humans, unidentified aliens, many other races
First Appearance: Tales of Suspense I#30/2 (June, 1962)
Powers/Abilities: Larger and stockier bodies making them many times stronger than a human.
Fingers: Four, opposable thumb
Skin color: Green or gray
Average height: 7"
Estimated Population: Billions
Type of Government: Monarchy
Level of Technology: Highly advanced, warp-driven spacecraft, powerful energy weapons and stun beams
(Tales of Suspense I#30/2 - BTS) - Deep within the Milky Way Galaxy, the Krangros, ruled by a king, forged a vast empire through military conquest under the leadership of the army's commander, who was known as the Creature from Krangro. Countless worlds were defeated and their inhabitants enslaved.
(Tales of Suspense I#30/2) - Surviving Alien races to fall to the mighty Creature from Krangro were rounded up and transported to the planet Krangro to be imprisoned or tortured by the king for his amusement.
(Tales of Suspense I#30/2) - The planet Earth, one of the planets chosen by the Krangro king for invasion was absently missed. Enraged by this error, the king, concerned the Creature from Krangro might be a coward, ordered him to abduct a few Earthlings and bring them back to Krangro for interrogation in front of him and turn them into slaves. Landing their ship undetected, under the cover of night in a park somewhere in Washington DC, the Creature and his squad used stun beams on a group of unsuspecting humans. Returning to Krangro with his captives the Creature brought them before the king. When the stun effects should have worn off the captives, the Creature tried in vain to make them grovel before him. Shamed in front of the king, the commander failed to make his captives obey his commands even by threats of death. Angered by the Humans' defiance and lack of fear, the king ordered his commander to be put to death for his failure vowing to replace him. He then proclaimed the Earth to be spared due to their strong will and bravery saying it would be folly to dare invade them. Unknown to the Krangros, the captured humans were merely statues of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt and the Krangros, unfamiliar with Earthlings did not know the difference.
(Monsters Unleashed III#4 (fb) - BTS) - A new military leader was appointed by the king.
(Monsters Unleashed III#4) - Kid Kaiju summoned the commander to Earth, but the irritated commander saw no reason to help him because he only fought to conquer worlds. Kid Kaiju understood and instead asked him to loan his hammer to Elsa Bloodstone, who used it to defeat the Intelligencia's agent Lady Hellbender. After the battle she returned the hammer to the commander, who was then returned to where he came from.
Comments: Created by Stan Lee (writer), Jack Kirby (pencils) and Dick Ayers (inks).
Its funny how an advanced race such as the Krangros were unfamiliar with statues and could not tell the difference between them versus a real living thing. I would imagine their society would create statues and monuments to their conquests and king or even seen these on other worlds they had conquered. Anyway there have been many similar stories having the same plot found in various 1950's to Early 1960's Marvel Comics.
The story was reprinted in Reprinted in Creatures on the Loose#19/2 (September, 1972) and Marvel Masterworks: Atlas Era Tales of Suspense Vol. 3 (August, 2010).
Maybe the Krangros were a race of gamma-ray mutates, which would explain their green/gray skin-color, and their powerful Hulk-ish physiques.
Profile by AvatarWarlord. New commander sub-profile by Markus Raymond.
The Krangros have no known connections to:
unidentified conquered aliens
Unable to mount any form of defense against the army commanded by the Creature from Krangro, this unnamed alien world, like countless others, quickly fell to the military might of the Krangros and their survivors were rounded up and sent off world to become slaves to the Krangros.
--Tales of Suspense I#30/2
(Monsters Unleashed III#4 (fb) - BTS) - This Krangro was presumably appointed military leader by the king at some point, receiving some sort of atomic power hammer (see also main image) as his weapon.
(Monsters Unleashed III#4) - Kid Kaiju summoned the commander to Earth. He was irritated by this affront and refused to fight for Kid Kaiju because he only fought to conquer worlds. Kid Kaiju understood and instead asked the commander to just loan him his hammer, which Elsa Bloodstone then used to defeat the Intelligencia's agent Lady Hellbender. The military commander then demanded the hammer to be returned to him, which Elsa did. Afterward he was returned to wherever he came from.
--Monsters Unleashed III#4
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Tales of Suspense I#30/2, p8, pan1 (main image)
Tales of Suspense I#30/2, p10, pan4 (Creature from Krangro, the King)
Tales of Suspense I#30/2, p10, pan3 (architecture)
Tales of Suspense I#30/2, p9, pan3, (attacking ships, conquered aliens)
Tales of Suspense I#30/2, p9, pan2 (conquered aliens)
Monsters Unleashed III#4, p15, pan1 (unidentified military commander)
Tales of Suspense I#30/2 (June, 1962) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Jack Kirby (pencils), Dick Ayers (inks)
Monsters Unleashed III#4 (September, 2017) - Cullen Bunn (writer), David Baldeón & Ramón Bachs (artist), Mark Paniccia & Christina Harrington (editors)
First Posted: 08/24/2019
Last updated: 08/25/2019
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