Salamander K’ruel (Character)

Created by: John Francis Moore and Steve Epting

1st appearance: Jungle Action #15, 1975

Nationality: Wakandan

Team Affiliations: None

Legal Status: Wakandan national with criminal record

Weight: 110 lbs    Height: 5’7

Eyes: Black             Hair: Black

Known Relatives: Unknown

Skills and abilities: Skilled in the use of the bow and arrow

Powers: He is a mutate whose body is covered with festering pustules which inject a toxin covered razor sharp pins. In close combat he can take down an uncovered enemy with ease. He can also through touch place these barbs on other objects.


Kruel and his men have an unknown history with Wakandan King T’challa one in which they parted on bad terms. Kruel seems to have been exiled from Wakanda. Him and his team of hunters found the resurrection altar and subjecting himself to it found himself granted unusual powers. Years later Eric Killmonger recruited him to his cause to overthrow T’challa and grant Kruel and his men rank and title in this new kingdom. While Killmonger went to town with his plan Kruel and his men met a battered and injured Black Panther who he defeated and bound in a trap. Panther eventually escape and beat Kruel within an inch of death. He dragged Kruel back to Wakanda before collapsing. Kruel was jailed for his crimes.


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