Kanjar Ro

Introduction

Cryptic Crossword Clue: Is he a Krona, Jr? No, just some kind of Dhor-Lord (6,2)

Kanjar Ro is an alien space tyrant. By far the worst kind of alien. And the worst kind of space tyrant. He rules the planet Dhor, which is constantly at war with neighbouring planets Whindow, Whall and Ceilhing.

Kanjar Ro in the Comics

Justice League of America – Issue 3

Kanjar Ro shows what a cox he can be
Kanjar Ro shows what a cox he can be

Kanjar Ro first shows up in the third issue of Justice League of America, where he uses a secret gamma metal gong to freeze everybody on Earth. The only way they will be unfrozen is if the JLA help Kanjar Ro break the four-way stalemate between him and the other three planets he’s warring with.

(Fun fact! Quentin Tarantino got the idea for the stand-off in Reservoir Dogs from the stalemate Kanjar Ro describes in this issue!)

Naturally, the JLA easily conquer the other planets. Perhaps less naturally, they use the power of cassette tape recorders to then defeat Kanjar Ro and free Earth.

Availability: This story can be found in the Justice League Omnibus, Volume 1 from Amazon.com

Justice League of America – Issue 24

Yet again, stealing auras escalates to the stealing of a planet
Yet again, stealing auras escalates to the stealing of a planet

Kanjar Ro is back in issue 24, this time using Descartian mind-body dualism to split himself into two. He steals the auras from Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, the Atom and Aquaman and uses them to lure their aura-less bodies away, and then steals the Earth.

Classic Kanjar Ro move.

Luckily, there’s some nonsense involving Adam Strange and his aura, which alerts the rest of the Justice League and they soon sort out the problem.

Availability: This story can also be found in the Justice League Omnibus, Volume 1 from Amazon.com

Justice League of America – Issues 120 and 121

Kanjar Ro's attempt to ruin Adam Strange's wedding fails
Kanjar Ro’s attempt to ruin Adam Strange’s wedding fails

Disappointed he wasn’t invited to Adam Strange’s wedding, Kanjar Ro spends most of these two issues making a nuisance of himself with duplicate menaces. His plan? Presumably to force the bride and groom to book a larger room for the reception and secure an invitation that way.

Luckily, the Justice League come to the budget-saving rescue.

Availability: Not available in a collection.

Justice League of America – Issue 139

You can't teach an old Kanjar Ro new tricks
You can’t teach an old Kanjar Ro new tricks

Kanjar Ro returns to fight the Justice League again in issue 139. Unfortunately, he’s about 5000 years too late, showing up in the 73rd century. Luckily for him, the JLA go out of their way to travel to the future to fight him.

Or, indeed, more of his tiresome duplicates.

Get a new trick, K.R.

Availability: Not available in a collection.

JLA – Issues 78 and 79

The JLA's dickishness cost a space tyrant his career
The JLA’s dickishness cost a space tyrant his career

Next time we bump into Kanjar Ro, he’s minding his own business, back in a sensible century, working as Minister of Defence on the planet of Kylaq.

Who should show up to harsh his mellow but those busybody JLAers. They defeat his armies, get him sacked and then leave without even offering a LinkedIn skill endorsement. Dick move, JLA.

Availability: Available as part of JLA Volume 7, in Trade Paperback or Kindle from Amazon.com

Justice League of America – Issue 19

"Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit enslaving supervillains."
“Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit enslaving supervillains.”

The Justice League ruins Kanjar Ro’s plans yet again in issue 19 of the second volume of the book. A whole heap of Earth’s villains were supposed to be sent to the planet Cygnus 4019. Kanjar Ro’s plan? To intercept and enslave them, then conquer, oh, let’s say, the galaxy.

Problem 1: The villains never showed up to be enslaved

Problem 2: The JLA did show up and they beat the snot out of him. Again.

Availability: Available as part of Justice League of America: Sanctuary in Trade Paperback or Kindle from Amazon.com