Once a student of Granny Goodness named Iluthin, Kanto was accused of stealing weaponry from Darkseid's then-master assassin Kanto-13. Against the request of Kanto-13, young Iluthin was exiled from Apokolips to Earth during the Renaissance period. There, he trained under Italian teachers, and fell in love with a woman named Claudia. But Kanto 13 tracked him to Earth, and at the wedding altar, Kanto-13 attacked them, and killed his bride Claudia. Iluthin and Kanto 13 battled, and in the end Darkseid's assassin was defeated. Darkseid himself came to Earth and destroyed Kanto-13 for failure, and Iluthin returned to Apokolips as Darkseid's new assassin.

When Mister Miracle came back to Apokolips, Kanto was one of the obstacles that he faced. Kanto dressed in a quasi-Renaissance fashion, possibly to imply both royal court intrigue, and the artistic pride that he had in his assassin's work.

During Darkseid's attack on the Source, Kanto encountered Artemis of Bana-Mighdall, the one-time Wonder Woman, and defeated her in battle. During this fight it was inferred that Kanto was not only her former teacher but her former lover.

Some time later, a mysterious killer began systematically assassinating the New Gods. While Kanto busied himself spying on Orion, Mister Miracle and Superman, the assassin struck again, killing Kanto. Darkseid's son Kalibak discovered Kanto's remains.


  • New God Physiology: As a New God of Apokolips, Kanto is effectively immortal with a lifeline spanning several thousands of years. This does not imply that Kanto cannot be killed however.


  • Swordsmanship: Kanto is a master swordsman and fighter, and considers his work his art. He models himself after the people of the Italian Renaissance whom he lived among during exile. He remains in the service of the recently revived Darkseid, awaiting his next command.
  • Although this character was originally introduced during DC's Earth-One era of publication, their existence following the events of the 1985–86 limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths remains intact. However, some elements of the character's Pre-Crisis history may have been altered or removed for Post-Crisis New Earth continuity, and should be considered apocryphal.
  • It should be noted that of all the foes Mister Miracle faced while Jack Kirby worked on his titles, Kanto shared a sort of professional respect with Mister Miracle.



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