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King Shark
Nanaue - New 52
General Information
Real name: Nanaue
First Appearance: Superboy (Vol 3) #0 (October 1994)
Created by: Karl Kesel
Affiliations: The Society
Suicide Squad
Abilities: Amphibian
Biological Adaptation
Superhuman Strength
Superhuman Durability
Superhuman Stamina
Water Sense
Enhanced Smell
Master Swimmer



Born in Hawaii, Nanaue is a humanoid shark, his father is "The King of all Sharks" also known as the Shark God. Other characters, such as special agent Sam Makoa, have dismissed this as superstition and referred to Nanaue as a "savage mutation" with no mystical nature. Given the reality of magic within the DC Universe, either origin is equally likely. It has also been implied he was one of the "Wild Men", evolved animals based on those in Kamandi. The now ended new Aquaman series, however, seems to have put an end to the controversy by firmly establishing him as the shark god's son.


King Shark was responsible for several missing persons several years before Superboy arrived in Hawaii. Sam Makoa was responsible for bringing him in and bore the scars forever after. In Superboy #0, King Shark is freed by the Silicon Dragons who plan on hiring him. Nanaue is not interested, however, and kills his liberators before heading to his mother's house. His mother allows him to bite her arm off to feed. Superboy managed to take him down by firing a point blank blast of heat vision from his "X-Ray specs." When Superboy and Makoa were assigned to the Suicide Squad to destroy the Silicon Dragons, King Shark was forced to help. An explosive belt was strapped to his waist, set to detonate if anything happened to Makoa. Other members of the Squad included Knockout and Squad veterans Deadshot and Captain Boomerang.

Nanuae was a crazed fighting machine, shredding legions of the Dragons (and killing Sidearm too, when he betrayes the team). Despite the belt detonating, King Shark survived the blast and the destruction of the lair.

After a research team sent to investigate the lair's remains went missing, King Shark was initially suspected, but it turned out to be Black Manta. King Shark appeared again in Superboy #31 duking it out with the Kid, but he was defeated again and driven out to sea.

King Shark later turned up in the Wild Lands (where the implication that he was really a Wild Man was made) and fought Superboy and his allies. After a fierce battle, he was defeated, but no body was recovered.

King Shark also appeared in The Adventures of Superman #608 as a member of the legion of villains prompted by Manchester Black in the "Ending Battle" storyline. In this case, he turned up in Metropolis and attacked Jimmy Olsen. Superman quickly took him down, knocking most of his teeth out (although apparently they grew back later). Whereas in all of his previous appearances he had only two lines of dialogue, in this issue he was quite chatty (although that may have simply been because of Black's influence). He also was smaller and a long way from the water.

Joker's Last Laugh to Infinite Crisis

During the story line, The Joker believed to be dying and his last joke infects the majority heroes and villains of the world and transforms them into beings like himself, Nanaue exploited the situation and fled with Orca to the ocean.

Afterwards King Shark, was recruited to be a member of the The Society, his first mission was to destroy the headquarters of the Secret Six, but was hampered by a confusing Solomon Grundy.

One year later

Nanaue reappeared in Aquaman:Sword of Atlantis #40, bearing a scar from a previous encounter with Aquaman. He is less violent and more talkative than in previous appearances. His origin has been definitely given as son of the Shark God, due to the new Aquaman book being more magic-based than previous incarnations. It also appears that he will be a major character from now on: in fact he has currently started acting as an unwilling caretaker for Arthur Joseph Curry. Saved from a gang of marauders by the young man, he brought him to the mysterious Dweller in the Depths (the mutated, for unknown reasons, Aquaman) who gave him the role of assisting the new Aquaman in filling his role. Albeit feigning disrespect, and often disappearing for a while, King Shark accepted, sharing his knowledge of the way of sea with his young savior. It is later revealed in a flashback sequence that he was asked to do so by his father :

"The currents of destiny bend and twist around that young man. For good or ill, he will shape the coming oceanscape. You will protect him. You will be my agent in his camp. Close enough to guard against others who seek to control him. And close enough, when I decide the time is ripe... ... to strike, and kill him without warning."

The following arc tells the first meeting between the original Aquaman and King Shark, which occurred several years ago. It took place in Reef's End, a little border town in the Coral Sea, distant from Atlantis. Orin - who was still the King of Atlantis at this time - fought King Shark because he murdered a priest belonging to the Order of the Thorny Crown. In the last six months, King Shark had killed a lot of other members of this group, obeying to his father's will. Indeed, the Order was associated with an old prophecy :

"When thorned crown lies shattered, she comes. Born of coral, of life-in-death, of long prayer. Shake the sea floor with her power, shall she, shake the destiny of all beneath the waves..."

The Shark God believed that if the Order was destroyed, that would trigger the prophecy, birthing some great power in the process. However, King Shark was defeated by Aquaman before reaching his father's goal. He then was imprisoned by priests of the Thorny Crown during three years, before achieving to escape; Nanaue mentions that he was tortured during his captivity.

Secret Six

Nanaue participated in the orchestrated attack by Mad Hatter to Secret Six,to obtain the Get out of hell free card, he was confronted by the new Banshee who pulled his arm, regrowing quickly. Mad Hatter and his team are betrayed by Ragdoll, who steals the card and they are arrested.

On leaving prison, he was recruited by Bane to be part of a new incarnation of the Secret Six, which consisted of Giganta, Dwarfstar, Lady Vic and Jeannete. Soon they were hired by Spy Smasher to go Skartaris and conquer it, it made the team in conflict with the original Secret Six. To resolve the situation, Amanda Waller offered an agreement that they would work for her when necessary. The team had a short duration, then King Shark opted to join the original team.

Some time later, the group goes in search Ragdoll to get the card back. In your search are being attacked by demons, King Shark secured the victory by eating them, even though an awful taste. At one point Lady Blaze appeared for each members and put them in their personal hells, King Shark's personal hell is being in a restaurant where there is no meat.


In the alternate timeline of Flashpoint, King Shark is one of the attractions of the Haly's Circus, he was killed by the Amazons while trying to save the Doctor Fate.


Following changes in the Timestream, King Shark was captured and sentenced to death in Belle Reve, while there, his cell was filled with gas and was implanted with a micro-bomb in his body to ensure his compliance. After being subjected to torture to test his loyalty, Amanda Waller officially introduced him at the Suicide Squad.

Powers and Abilities


  • Amphibious Nature: King Shark has gills and can breathe in water as well as on land.
  • Claws:Nanaue's claws are razor sharp, he is able to rip through steel.
  • Enhanced Sight
  • Enhenced Hearing
  • Enhanced Vision
  • Longevity
  • Regeneration: The King Shark has shown amazing regenerative abilities. His regenerative abilities are so great that he has been able to completely regenerate his arm,after Jeannete ripped it off.
  • Superhuman Durability:King Shark's augmented flesh provides protection against the pressures of the deep and physical attacks.
  • Superhuman Speed:He can swim at great speeds in water,approximately a 200mph.
  • Superhuman Strength:Nanaue is extremely strong, he can easily lift objects far in excess of 100 tons.
  • Water Sense


  • Master Swimmer

In Other Media

  • King Shark Appears in Superman/Batman: Public Enemies. He is one of the villains after the 1 billion dollar bounty placed on the heroes. He participates in the battle royale, but he is swiflty taken out.

Young Justice

See: King Sha'ark


  • In the New 52, King Shark now resembles a humanoid Hammerhead shark.

See Also