King Kull
King Kull
General Information
Real name: Kull
First Appearance: Captain Marvel Adventures #125 (October 1951)
Created by: Otto Binder
C. C. Beck
Affiliations: Monster Society of Evil
Abilities: Superhuman strength
Portrayed by: None

King Kull is the leader of the Submen.


In prehistoric times, King Kull is ruler of the Submen, a brutish but technologically advanced race which ruled humanity until overthrown in a revolt. Kull survives until the 20th century in suspended animation, then awakens and repeatedly threatens the human-dominated modern world with his immense strength and bizarre technology, such as when he released the Seven Deadly enemies of man, and used Sin bombs on Fawcett city inhabitants. He is usually thwarted by Captain Marvel, but one particularly well-planned escapade requires the efforts of the Justice League of America and the Justice Society of America (in one of their dimension-crossing team-ups, which DC produced annually from the mid-1960s to the mid-1980s), as well as a group of heroes of Captain Marvel and King Kull's home universe of Earth-S, referred to unofficially as Shazam's Squadron of Justice. All of these are required because Kull has captured both the wizard Shazam who grants Captain Marvel's powers and the ancient gods the powers are drawn from. However, Johny Thunder's thunderbolt transforms the Marvels, who are then able to defeat Kull.

King Kull has occasionally appeared as a member of the Monster Society of Evil. The character has not appeared since Captain Marvel's history was rebooted by Crisis on Infinite Earths in 1985.

In other mediaEdit

  • In the animated series Batman: The Brave and the Bold, there is a villain called Kru'll the Eternal that appears in the episode "Menace from the Conquering Caveman", and is voiced by Michael Dorn. Kru'll is visually based on Kull, and is also inspired by Vandal Savage, due to him being from a prehistoric era.