Commander Kraken

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Commander Kraken
Commander Kraken makes his first appearance battling Prince Namor, from Sub-Mariner #27
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Sub-Mariner #27 (Jul 1970)
Created by Roy Thomas and Sal Buscema
In-story information
Team affiliations HYDRA

Commander Kraken is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.

Publication history[edit]

Commander Kraken first appeared in Sub-Mariner #27 (July 1970), and was created by Roy Thomas and Sal Buscema.

The character subsequently appeared in The Cat #3 (April 1973), Iron Man #93 (December 1976), and was killed by the Scourge of the Underworld in Captain America #319 (July 1986).

Commander Kraken received an entry in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition #16.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Commander Kraken was a self-styled modern-day pirate who first encountered and fought Namor the Sub-Mariner. Namor used the Kraken, a gigantic octopus, to defeat his foe.[1] After a run in with The Cat,[2] he would later reappear with a heavily modified look. Undergoing plastic surgery and now empowered with a rocket-powered peg leg and an electrified sword, he battled Iron Man.[3]

In issue #121 of Daredevil (which takes place after the character's appearance in The Cat and before his revamped look and appearance in Iron Man), it is revealed that Commander Kraken is the head of HYDRA's naval division.[4] But this is the only time the character is ever mentioned as being associated with that terrorist group. In 2009, Marvel would create a new character simply called Kraken[5] that would be an integral part of Hydra's operations.

Later, Commander Kraken was invited to a meeting organized by Gary Gilbert, who wanted to discuss counter-measures against the threat by the Scourge of the Underworld at the "Bar With No Name". Kraken attended and was shot dead along with all the other criminals present by the Scourge himself, who had infiltrated the meeting as the bartender.[6]

Commander Kraken is among the dead characters seen in Erebus when Hercules travels to the Underworld. Here, he had reverted to his original look from his first appearance. He was later seen as a member of Pluto's jury (alongside Abomination, Armless Tiger Man, Artume, Baron Heinrich Zemo, Iron Monger, Jack O'Lantern, Kyknos, Nessus, Orka, Scourge of the Underworld, and Veranke) at Zeus' trial.[7]

Powers and abilities[edit]

The revamped Commander Kraken battles Iron Man. From issue #93 of The Invincible Iron Man.

Commander Kraken had a hook on his left hand that was capable of emitting an electrical shock, this was later replaced with a functional bionic hand. His left leg was also bionic, and allowed him to fly. His electro-sword was capable of firing electricity and could reflect force and energy attacks.

Commander Kraken originally used huge squid-shaped submarines he called "Squid Ships" for his piratical conquests. When he revamped his look in 1976, his vehicle of choice was a Brigantine called "The Albatross". This old style pirate ship could transform into a sleek golden high powered submarine.


  1. ^ Sub-Mariner #27 July 1970
  2. ^ The Cat #3 April 1973
  3. ^ Iron Man #93-94 (December 1976-January 1977)
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  6. ^ Mark Gruenwald (w), Paul Neary (p), Dennis Janke (i). "Overkill" Captain America 319 (July 1986), Marvel Comics
  7. ^ Incredible Hercules #129

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