- Kang the Conqueror... or is it Rama Tut?
During the early years of Jack and Stan’s collaborative run at Marvel the fellas created a bevy of baddies to battle all the new superheroes they were creating. I mean, these guys had to fight someone right? But one of those baddies stands out because he was so nice the had to create him twice... wait, what?
The evil pharaoh Rama Tut appeared in #Issue19
of the Fantastic Four in October of 1963. The story is a time travel yarn, with the FF being transported back into ancient Egyptian times and encountering Rama Tut (Pic 1), a very powerful king who also happens to be wielding some modern technology that shouldn’t exist in that era. We find out he is actually a time traveler from the 31st Century and he is using his superior knowledge and tech to keep a stranglehold on Ancient Egypt! He flees after this encounter with the FF, vowing revenge...
About a year later a “new” villain appears in Avengers #Issue8
(Sept of 64) named Kang the Conqueror. He is sporting a suit of armor & helm very reminiscent of Dr Doom, and he to posses all types of technology that proves troublesome for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes! (Pic 2) He captures the whole team except Wasp and Rick Jones, and eventually they free Thor who claims victory over Kang!
What makes these two connected is that over time it is established in the Marvel Universe that Kang and Rama Tut are actually the same person... and what makes it this already crazy situation crazier is that his name is Nathaniel Richards! He is actually a descendant of Reed’s family from the future... and the tech he uses to time travel comes from Dr. Victor Vin Doom himself!!!! That’s why his Kang costume is modeled after the Dr... he is homaging him! Kang has come back many times through the years in different forms: the Scarlet Centaurion, Iron Lad, Immortus and who knows who else. One thing is certain, he is one of the coolest and complex villains to come out of that early era. His double introduction is proof that Jack & Stan began thinking more long term about storylines once FF and the other books began becoming successful!!!