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The Savage Land, set in Antarctica at the base of the Palmer Peninsula, is a tropical prehistoric land surrounded by volcanoes deep. It is a tropical preserve hidden from the rest of the world.[2] It is located at approximately 69º 30’ S, 68º 30’ W.[citation needed]


Pre Human History[]

200 million years ago, the alien Nuwali created the Savage Land, in Antarctica as one of several planetary "game preserves" for the mysterious godlike Beyonders. The Nuwali stocked the Land with Earthly life of the era, most notably dinosaurs; as Earth's flora and fauna changed over succeeding millions of years. Dinosaurs went extinct about 65 million years ago at the end of the Cretaceous Period when a meteorite struck the Earth. They however were able to survive in the Savage Land. When Earth's continents shifted circa 50 million BC, the Nuwali augmented the Land's volcanoes to preserve its tropical status. They supplemented their preserve with prehistoric mammals and early hominids, or "Man-Apes". Following the Nuwali's departure in 200,000 BC, little is known of the Land's history for over a hundred millennia.[2]

Early Humanity[]

A faction of superhuman Eternals dwelt there at least briefly, leaving a temple complex behind.[citation needed] In 18,500 BC, it was colonized by humans of Atlantis, who exported prehistoric life throughout their empire while importing unicorns and other mystic creatures. Atlantean scientists extended the tropical effect, creating a recreation/commerce center called "Pangea," then genetically altered Man-Apes into humanoid versions of birds, monkeys, fish, and other animals. The Beast-Men, put to work as laborers. The Beast-Men became dissatisfied with servitude and, following Pangea's automation, rebelled in the First Pangean War and were allowed to colonize underpopulated areas rendered habitable by the Nuwali effect.[2]

In 18,000 BC, alien and mystic conflicts resulted in the Great Cataclysm, sinking Atlantis and ending its empire, but the Land and Pangea were protected from inundation by surrounding mountains.[2]

The Beyonders, having observed their preserve over the millennia, sent Fortisquian operatives, later called the Caretakers of Arcturus, to repair its environmental system, but nonetheless, over half the population perished. Some survivors clung to Atlantean culture in cities like Lemura and Sylanda; others forgot their origins, becoming ancestors of the Swamp Men and other tribes. The animal-people developed their own societies, sometimes, as with the Aerians and Pterons, resorting to war.[citation needed] Every thousand years or so, high priests needlessly conducted human sacrifices to "protect" the Land.[citation needed] In 3000 BC two godlike aliens briefly made the Land their home, and at some point Sagittarians stored a Planet-Destroyer there with a gigantic robot, Umbu, to guard it.[citation needed]

Pre-Modern Era[]

In 1245 AD, Khor, the sorcerer was an active practitioner of the black arts in France was banished to the so called "Land Where Time Stands Still" for some unspecified crime. This realm was apparently a timeless realm where he would live out his exile until the "Earth disintegrated".[3] In 1380 AD, the demon sorcerer Belasco kidnapped Beatrice dei Portinari, beloved of Dante, to give birth to the first of this new race. He fled with her to the Savage Land where the Elder Gods directed him to Mt. Flavius, where their summoning ritual could take place. While en route, Belasco raped Beatrice, and she was nine months pregnant by the time they arrived. He embarked onto the island, closely pursued by Dante and his men, and took Beatrice into a network of underground passages designed to resemble Hell. Dante found them just in time to witness Beatrice dying in childbirth and, enraged, he attacked Belasco. During the battle, a pipe was accidentally struck, releasing an unknown liquid that placed Belasco in suspended animation. Dante's men were mutated into the Children of Dis.[4]

In the 1400s an English vessel searching for a new passage around the South Pole crashed on an iceberg, leaving only a single sailor surviving. When the sailor washed up in the Savage Land, he believed himself in a land of the dead. Thirsty and fatigued, he wandered across a shrine for the stone God Garokk, in front of which stood a cup with a strange liquid in it. He was attacked by Garokk's worshippers and forced to flee across the jungle - only to awaken back in England without any idea of how he had gotten there.[5] In the 1770s, Captain James Cook became the first human explorer to cross the Antarctic Circle, but apparently neither he nor most subsequent explorers discovered the Savage Land.[citation needed]In the mid-19th century, the Atlanteans - that is, the underwater race whose culture was based on Atlantis's remains - relocated to Antarctica, as did Lemurian rebels called the Ancients. Mysterious beings such as Torg and the Ice King also made their home in the region. Vague reports of underground realms and surviving dinosaurs appeared in the work of such authors as Edgar Allan Poe and Jules Verne, suggesting rumors of the Land were spreading.[citation needed] By 1915, human expeditions had discovered "anti-metal," the destructive metal also called Vibranium, in Antarctica, but the greater deposits within the Land remained unknown.[citation needed]

World War II[]

Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler claimed Antarctica in 1940, and a year later, a British destroyer and a Nazi U-Boat vanished into the Land, fighting a private war for decades; the u-boat in question may have attacked the Antarctic expedition of Elton Morrow, who became the superhuman Blue Diamond following such an attack. Months later, Khor teleported a ship to the Land and enslaved its passengers but was defeated by the extradimensional Vision[3]; two years later, an Antarctic dinosaur, presumably escaped from the Land, was given a human brain and fought Captain America. At some point the Nazis constructed a base within the Land whose goals and fate are unknown, but its work may have moved to a nearby island. Following the war, scientist Montgomery Ford, armed with a laser prototype, found his way to the Land, and rumors circulated that high-ranking Nazis had fled to Antarctica.[citation needed] Indeed, unverified reports claim when explorer Admiral Richard Byrd launched expeditions to the South Pole in 1947 and 1956, he discovered the Savage Land, perhaps even clashing with Hitler's so-called "Last Battalion," although this claim seems dubious. Meanwhile, spatial warps occasionally brought ships and planes into the Land, where survivors joined the populace.[citation needed]

Modern Era[]

Over twenty years ago, British nobleman Robert Plunder, searching for Vibranium, found his way into the Savage Land. Back in England, Plunder was threatened by those who coveted his secret, and he returned to the Land with his nine-year-old son Kevin, who was orphaned when Robert was slain by the Man-Ape Maa-Gor. Nurtured by the saber-tooth Zabu, Kevin, perhaps enhanced by the Land's mysterious "Place of Mists," became known as "Ka-Zar," or "Brother of the Tiger," his uncanny skills and heroism won him respect throughout the Land while still in his teens. Ka-Zar was photographed while exploring the Land's upper limits, provoking investigation by the mutant X-Men, whom he befriended. When the X-Men's nemesis Magneto took the Land as his base and transformed simple Swamp Men into the Savage Land Mutates, Ka-Zar helped the X-Men defeat their foe, and then fought alongside Garokk against the renegade priestess Zaladane. The Land, so long a source of rumor, became worldwide news when the Daily Bugle ran a feature on it, an endeavor that brought the heroic Spider-Man to the Land, where he aided Ka-Zar against another would-be ruler, Kraven the Hunter. Soon afterward, Ka-Zar provided S.H.I.E.L.D. scientists with dinosaur samples which were misused by a researcher who, with the aid of the cryptic They Who Wield Power, transformed himself into Stegron the Dinosaur Man.[citation needed]

Although the United Nations banned commercial exploitation of the Land, the Bugle's exposure brought explorers and treasure-hunters to Ka-Zar's door. Soon after, Malgato, last of the high priests, attempted to sacrifice Ka-Zar and African adventurer Shanna, then briefly mutated Maa-Gor into godlike form, though both met defeat. The Land was next beset by plague, the armored Volcanus, Vibranium-induced madness, and invasion by the dimension of Quorl. The latter was repelled when Zaladane re-incarnated Garokk into radiologist Kirk Marston, but the two then sought to conquer the Land, which was saved from environmental disaster by Ka-Zar and a new team of X-Men. While outside menaces such as MODOK, Klaw, and others vied for the Land's resources, the intellectually evolved Brainchild led his fellow Savage Land Mutates in a scheme using Magneto's abandoned technology. However, Sauron, a psychic vampire mutated by pteranodons, wrested control from Brainchild, only to be defeated by Ka-Zar, the X-Men, and Spider-Man. Ka-Zar, now in Shanna's company, explored Pangea and helped establish peace between its many races, despite intervention by Belasco and others; the two adventurers wed and were soon to be parents, but their happiness was short-lived when Jorro, servant of the alien scavenger Terminus, decimated the Savage Land and Pangea and, despite the Avengers' best efforts, destroyed the technology preserving Ka-Zar's world, leaving most of its population to perish. Ka-Zar and Shanna found refuge in America, where their son Matthew was born, but the Land now held only sparse survivors, some of whom became the team Alpha Prime under the amnesiac hero Vindicator.[citation needed]

However, several Land/Pangea inhabitants had been rescued by the extradimensional M'Rin. When happenstance brought the X-Men and the genius geneticist High Evolutionary to Antarctica, M'Rin returned the exiles, and Garokk, saner since breaking with Zaladane, sacrificed himself to renew the Land, repopulated with cloned animal life and ruled by the new United Tribes. But Zaladane's ambitions resurfaced and, commanding the Savage Land Mutates, she stole magnetic power from the X-Man Polaris and threatened the world before meeting seeming death at the hands of a reformed Magneto. The Savage Land was declared a sovereign kingdom, and although menaced by a string of would-be conquerors - including Apocalypse[citation needed], the Super-Skrull[citation needed], Prime Evil[citation needed], the Warlord[citation needed], Sauron[citation needed], Mister Sinister[citation needed], the High Technician[citation needed], and A.I.M.[citation needed] - its security was repeatedly restored by Ka-Zar, the X-Men, and other heroes. The Land again faced internal crisis when Nuwali technology mutated natives into monstrous Neo-Men, while melting glaciers threatened a new inundation; Roxxon Oil, pretending humanitarian motives, secretly hastened the process in hope of claiming the Land's resources but were foiled by Ka-Zar, Spider-Man, and others. Following an aborted claim by the Titan Thanos, the technology was revitalized, and Devil Dinosaur and Moonboy, adventurers from time and space, migrated to Ka-Zar's realm.[citation needed]

Brainchild, supported by new Mutates, sought to rule the Land but was defeated by X-Men and new emigrants, mutated reptiles called Saurids, who were welcomed into the United Tribes. Later, the Hauk'ka, a homegrown reptilian race, conquered the Tribes and attempted to restructure Earth's biosphere but were defeated by the X-Men, Ka-Zar, and Brainchild's Mutates. Most recently, in pursuing Sauron to the Land, the Avengers discovered undefined alliances between Brainchild and outworld criminals, while renegade S.H.I.E.L.D. agents were exposed as enslaving natives and mining Vibranium, demonstrating the Savage Land's threats from within and without are far from over.[citation needed]



The United Nations has made the Savage Land an international wildlife preserve and has made it illegal for commercial exploitation of its natural resources.[citation needed] The X-Men have a vacation home there.[6]


The dinosaurs of the Savage Land don't possess feathers due to their continued evolution.[7]


The major languages of the Savage are English (which is a common tongue for some people), Gorankian, and Bhadwuan.[2]

Thalic/Thallic was used by Pangea's uppers classes,[8] such as Queen Leanne of Zarhan who lived in the city of Lemura,[9] by the Aerians, as well as by some inhabitants of the Savage Land proper, including both Shanna the She-Devil[8] and Ka-Zar spoke Thallic/Thelic.[9][8]

The Tree People (or The Botor as they prefer to be called)[10] spoke Macha, as did Ka-Zar,[11] but not as well as Shanna.[12]

English and other modern languages were introduced by the crews of British and German submarines stranded in the Savage Land during the World War II.[2]

Points of Interest


Over time the Savage Land became home to various outsiders, some by accident and other to exploit the people and the natural resources. Some of the residents include:

Two ships became stranded in the Savage Land during World War II; the Neu Deutschlanders and the New Britannia. They married local women and continued the feud into modern times.

A number of superhumans have lived in the Savage Land, notably: Sauron, Garokk and Zaladane, the Savage Land Mutates, Devil Dinosaur and Moonboy, and Stegron the Dinosaur Man. The supervillain Magneto has lived there on several occasions when he led the Savage Land Mutates. Chtylok the Che-K'n Kau is a mysterious creature that lived and was worshiped by the Fall People.

The High Technician who, like the High Evolutionary, became a temporary resident and created the Saur-Lords (consisting of Styro, Bront, Pter, Allo, Anky).

Savage Land races[]

There are many types of races in the Savage Land and Pangea. The Nuwali transported primitive man now known as the Man-Apes, which unlike the rest of the world thrived until the 21st century. The next arrivals were the Ancient Atlanteans, who added the region as part of their empire. They used the Nuwali technology to mutate the Man-Apes into various Beast-Men to perform certain tasks. These slaves rebelled after the great Cataclysm and made Pangea their home. Many Atlanteans remained and their descendants became the various human tribes, with some clinging to the old ways and technology but most forget and resort to more primitive hunter gather society's.

Examples of Savage Land races include the bird people called Aerians, the monkey-tailed Tree People, the amphibious Tubanti fish-people of the inland Gorahn Sea, the Lizard Men of Vala-Kuri, and the nomadic cat people of Pandori. Popular races in the Savage Land are the Man-Apes, the Lemurans, the Pterons (pterodactyl-like people), the human Sun People, the Swamp Men, and the Zebra People.

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Full list of Savage Land Races[]

Alternate Realities[]


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Avalon was a haven for humans and mutants, located in the a temperate zone of Antarctica, away from Apocalypse's violence. It was led by the precognitive mutant Destiny. Her adopted son Cypher provided a field that allowed everybody to understand each other despite speaking different languages. Avalon's peace was destroyed by the Shadow King who mind-controlled its inhabitants into killing each other. With most people in Avalon slaughtered, Destiny left her home to get revenge on those who had slain her people, Avalon has since been abandoned.[18]


The Savage Land was a large island in the southern hemisphere and was where Magneto's original base was located.[19] Its dinosaurs were originally conjured by Scarlet Witch as a result of her reality warping abilities.[20] The aboriginal inhabitants were wiped out and only a small tribe of survivors including Ka-Zar and Shanna remained.[21]


In the multiverse, there is an alternate universe of the same name in which the dinosaurs did not go extinct.[22]

Savage Land from Badrock Wolverine Vol 1 1 001


On Earth-7642, the part of the landscape of the Savage Land was disrupted by the teleporting city, Arcadia. It was placed their by Tyrax and used as a base by him and his minions, the Savage Land Mutates. Despite the fact that Tyrax left Earth, the Savage Land continues to contain Arcadia.[23]


  • Identity: The existence of this location is unknown to the general populace of Earth.
  • Name: While many people refer to the entire Nuwali "game preserves" as the Savage Land the preserves is actually divided into two parts the smaller largely dinosaur inhabited Savage Land and the larger more people inhabited Pangea.

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