Karkas (comics)

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Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceEternals vol 1 #8 (Feb 1977)
Created byJack Kirby
In-story information
Team affiliationsEternals
Delta Network
AbilitiesSuperhuman strength and durability

Karkas is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Karkas is a member of the Deviants, a monstrous offshoot of humanity created by the Celestials. The character Karkas was created by writer/artist Jack Kirby, in 1977.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Karkas was born in Deviant Lemuria, too monstrous in appearance even by Deviant standards. He was made a slave, pitted in gladiatorial contests against others considered grotesque. Another gladiator was Ransak the Reject, who was considered hideous by the Deviants due to his normal human appearance (also interpretable as because he looked too much like an Eternal). Karkas and the Reject were pitted against each other, in a bout viewed by the Eternal Thena, in which Ransak bested Karkas. When Eson the Celestial attacked, Karkas begged Thena for sanctuary with the Deviants' enemies, the Eternals.[1] Thena teleported both Karkas and Ransak away to Olympia.[2] With Thena and Ransak, Karkas battled Zakka and Tutinax.[3] Since then the two have become friends and reside primarily with the Eternals. Karkas became a scholar.

Later, Karkas fought Thor, and then became his ally.[4] He participated in a battle between the Olympian gods and Eternals.[5]

Later, Karkas captured Warlord Kro.[6] Karkas attempted to save Margo Damian's life by tricking Ghaur.[7] Karkas helped fight Ghaur's army, and was present at Margo's burial.[8]

Karkas later battled the Eternal Ajak, who had been transformed into a monster. He witnessed the apparent demise of Ajak and Dr. Daniel Damian.[9]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Karkas is an adolescent, and quite intelligent and artistic despite his appearance. Karkas has superhuman strength, stamina, and durability. He has great learning abilities and a high aptitude in philosophy, and has been described as having an eidetic memory. Karkas possesses a wrinkled elephant-like red hide that is exceptionally thick and rough, making him highly resistant to injury. He has claw-like fingers on each hand, pointed teeth and an oversized head. Karkas has been described as having six digits on each limb, but has been depicted with four [1] or five [2].

Karkas wears body armor of unknown composition, designed by Eternal armorers and technicians.


  1. ^ Eternals Vol. 1 #8
  2. ^ Eternals Vol. 1 #11-12
  3. ^ Eternals Annual #1
  4. ^ Thor #285-289
  5. ^ Thor #291-292
  6. ^ Eternals Vol. 2 #9
  7. ^ Eternals Vol. 2 #10
  8. ^ Eternals Vol. 2 #12
  9. ^ Eternals: The Herod Factor #1

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