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Early Life

Shanna O'Hara was the daughter of Gerald O'Hara. a diamond miner who lived and worked in Africa. Born in Zaire, Africa, she spent most of her youth playing in the jungles. When she was only six, Gerald O'Hara went to kill a leopard that had gone rogue; that leopard had once belonged to Patricia O’Hara, Shanna's mother. Unfortunately, while he was hunting the animal, Gerald accidentally shot and killed Patricia. This event started Shanna's lifelong crusade against guns and other firearms. After the incident, Shanna moved to the United States of America to live with some relatives. She there studied to be a veterinarian at University and also became an accomplished Olympic athlete, specializing in track and field and competitive swimming.

After completing her university studies, Shanna was offered work placement as a zoologist at Central Park Municipal Zoo in New York City. While at the zoo, Shanna raised a female leopard she named Julani. But one day, another traumatic incident occurred when Julani was shot and killed by a zoo guard. The next day, the zoo’s director asked Shanna to take Julani's cubs, Ina and Biri, to the Dahomey Reserve in Africa. Shanna decided to stay with the animals and, wearing Julani's pelt as an honor, became Shanna, the She-Devil.[9] The animals were tragically killed when the sorcerer Raga-Shah transferred their life forces into the blood beast Ghamola, which Shanna was forced to destroy.[10]

Meeting Ka-Zar

Shanna was kidnapped by the red sorcerer Malgato, to be used as a human sacrifice alongside Ka-Zar.[11] Ka-Zar and Shanna began to gradually fall in love and eventually married. Soon after, while they were prisoners of the Nuwali, Shanna found out that she was pregnant.[12] Eventually, she had a son, whom she and Ka-Zar named Matthew. Soon the Savage Land was reconstructed by the High Evolutionary, after which Ka-Zar and Shanna returned with their newborn son and resumed their previous roles as protectors of the Savage Land.[13]

Briefly Empowered

After her son was attacked and almost kidnapped by Gregor, the man who trained Kraven the Hunter, Shanna blamed Ka-Zar as "walkie-talkies" (hand-held two-way radios) he had brought into the Savage Land had helped to coordinate the attack against them. Shanna traveled to New York City to confront Parnival Plunder as he was the one who had arranged everything. She rescued Ka-Zar from an attack by Plunder's people and then faced off against Rhino with him. Eventually they learned that Plunder was in fact working for Thanos and that they had been attacked to draw them away from the Savage Land so Plunder could steal the terraformers that sustain it. The terraformers were eventually returned and then destroyed, returning the Savage Land to normal and convincing its people to make Shanna their queen for her actions in restoring their land.[14]

The destruction of the terraformer gifted Shanna with its extra-dimensional power, making her the earth mother she had always wanted to be, and giving her power over nature as she became the one keeping the Savage Land alive. Ka-Zar involved the High Evolutionary, hoping he would build a new terraformer and remove the energy from Shanna. The Evolutionary was instead intrigued by Shanna and helped her to expand her powers. Shanna came to view what she was doing with her powers as a perversion of the natural order and was tempted to give up the power, but she was also tempted to take it to new heights by the Evolutionary. Shanna came to see that her powers were affecting her mind, making her less human the more powerful she became and the higher she set her sights. The Evolutionary and Ka-Zar fought and Ka-Zar was injured, causing Shanna to turn her back on the Evolutionary and had him release her power back to the newly built terraformer.[15]

Shanna felt the loss of her power like a part of her had died and took Matthew with her on a pilgrimage to try and reconnect and deal with her depression and found that some of the tribes of the Savage Land were blaming her for their problems, in the belief that she had upset their gods by wielding the power she did. Shanna then returned home to find her and Ka-Zar's treehouse home on fire and continued being targeted by the tribes who wanted her dead. Shanna then learned that the Savage Land itself was turning against her and its inhabitants and found herself in a fight against Gregor. After stalemating him, she was reunited with Ka-Zar and the two split up with Shanna searching for the cause of the Savage Land's problems. The Bhadwuans believed Ka-Zar to be the problem and Shanna and the rest of the Savage Land united against them to stop them from killing him but Ka-Zar and his family agreed to leave the Savage Land alongside their nanny Zira and left Zabu behind.[16]

Further Adventures

Some time later, when Captain America traveled to the Savage Land, he encountered rapidly aging clones of the Plunder family; he then successfully rescued their original selves, who had at some point returned to living in the Savage Land.[17]

Hercules would later subdue Zabu as part of a reality television show, causing Shanna and Ka-Zar to follow after him and found Zabu, whom Hercules had hog-tied after defeating him.[18] They then had him returned to them after a party celebrating the success of Hercules's TV show, for which they traveled to New York City.[19]

Ka-Zar would then come under the control of the Savage Land Mutate Lorelei who was working alongside other Mutates to disrupt electrical signals across the world to try and expand the Savage Land's prehistoric dominion while Shanna was held captive by them. Ka-Zar was then rescued by Deadpool who had come to retrieve the machine the Mutates intended to use and who helped to defeat the Mutates alongside Shanna and Ka-Zar.[20]

Ka-Zar and Shanna would then later fight villains hired by Roxxon to steal vibranium, and other precious resources, from the Savage Land. When these villains failed, Roxxon hired Ka-Zar's brother to try and kill him for them.[21]

Secret Invasion

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During the Secret Invasion, Ka-Zar and Shanna brought together the many tribes of the Savage Land to fight the Skrulls, such as the Tree People, Swamp Men, Zebra People, Sun-People, Pterons, and the Man-Apes. They had been aware of the presence of Skrulls for some time, after Skrulls posing as S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, led by a Skrull posing as Contessa Valentina, took over the Vibranium mines, enslaving the natives of the Savage Land to run the mining operation for them. Together Ka-Zar and Shanna gathered their army of Savage Land natives as they could not trust anyone from the outside that they might call for help.[7] They questioned the Skrull Pitt'o Nili, who had believed himself to be Captain America, and also confirmed that a Spider-Man they had come across was not a Skrull, using poisoned blow darts that had revealed Pitt'o Nili, Shanna then killed him when his only response to their questions was 'I am a human'.[22][23]

Skaar: King of the Savage Land

While taking her son Matthew Plunder out to meet with the new arrival to the Savage Land Skaar, Skaar accidentally released The Designer, who used Shanna as a Host. After realizing the type of place that the Savage Land had become, she tried to kill her own son. She then proceeded to the new Savage Land Council of Tribes building and began to slaughter the delegates for "taming" the Savage Land.[24] Shanna then proclaimed herself the new ruler of the Savage Land and used the ability to control dinosaurs to try and wipe out those who opposed her.[25]

After Steve Rogers threatened to invade the Savage Land over the death of the diplomats, Shanna set up a forcefield over the Land and proclaimed she would destroy the entire planet. After cutting off contact with Steve, the Designer found that Shanna couldn't contain its spirit for much longer and that Shanna was dying. When Skaar sent his army after her, she felt that the Savage Land was tearing itself apart and activated her doomsday weapon in the form of Umbu. After expelling the last of her energy to stop Skaar, the Designer found that Shanna's body couldn't take the strain anymore and left for another body, which was knocked from a great height and killed. This allowed Shanna to recover.[26]

Savage Wolverine

Shanna agreed to be a guide for a team of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents that were venturing to a mysterious island in the Savage Land. A damping field was located on the island, causing their transport to crash-land. Stranded on the island, Shanna and the agents attempted to flee by sea but were stopped by monsters living in the ocean. They then decided to find and destroy the source of the damping field, creating a bomb to do so.[27] However, the natives on the island killed all the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents before they could destroy the machine. At the same time, Wolverine crash-landed on the island. Shanna explained the situation to him and they decided to team up and escape the island together. They set off to destroy the machine, but encountered heavy native resistance.[28] During one of these encounters, Shanna was killed.

Shanna reborn.

Amadeus Cho, who was also stranded on the island, recognized Shanna. He had convinced the native tribe that he was a god, and commanded them to help her.[29] Using the life blood of a Man-Thing native to the Savage Land, the tribe resurrected Shanna. This left Shanna connected to the very life force of the Savage Land, giving her supernatural powers. Cho told Shanna what the natives had explained to him; the machine powering the damping field was also powering a prison, one holding an ancient hostile alien presence. Realizing that Wolverine would be releasing this creature, Shanna raced to stop him. She arrived in time, Cho right behind her, and was able to stop Wolverine. Suddenly, the Hulk appeared.[8] Cho managed to defuse a possible confrontation between Hulk and Wolverine until a gorilla attacked the Hulk from behind, resulting in a fight that compromised the structure. Shanna and Wolverine managed to stop the combatants, but the temple collapsed, freeing the Dark Walker in the process, which then left the Earth.[30]


Shanna's newfound powers put a dent in her relationship with Ka-Zar, who was scared of the way Shanna had changed due to her connection to the Savage Land. During an invasion on Earth by the plant-based alien race known as the Cotati, the mage Ventri managed to use Shanna's connection to the Savage Land to bend her will and turn her into an ally in their efforts to eliminate all animal life.[31] A team of heroes including Ka-Zar investigated the Cotati incursion in the Savage Land and encountered Shanna as well as the Savage Land's Man-Thing.[32] With the help of the Scarlet Witch, Ka-Zar tapped into Shanna's mindscape and freed her from the Cotati control, reconciling with her in the process. Ka-Zar was afterward impaled by a Cotati soldier,[31] but Shanna managed to save his life by submerging his body in the same waters that had imbued her with the spirit of the Savage Land, granting him the same connection to their homeland.[33]

Enter the Phoenix

When the cosmic force known as the Phoenix Force returned to Earth, it staged a contest to determine its next host, and Shanna, accompanied by Zabu, was one of many individuals summoned to the White Hot Room for it. The Phoenix empowered the assembled champions and had them fight each other in trials by combat.[34] After emerging victorious from fighting Devil Dinosaur[35] and American Eagle,[36] Shanna and Zabu were pitted against Red Widow.[1] The battle was even, but it was ultimately interrupted when Echo, one of the fallen contestants, was chosen by the Phoenix. Emerging from the ocean floor, Echo absorbed the portions of the Phoenix within Shanna and the Red Widow before doing the same to the other participants in the process of fully becoming the Phoenix.[37]


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Savage Land Connection: Shanna was resurrected using the life force of the Savage Land, and thus is tied to the land itself. As long as the Savage Land lives, so will Shanna. She also instinctively knows the languages and history of the Savage Land and its people. Shanna also now possesses the strength of ten men. She was able to run 52 miles per hour over uneven terrain.[8] She also displayed the ability to fire blasts of energy, command plant life and beckon creatures of the savage land to lend their aid.[33]


Shanna is an Olympic-class athlete with extraordinary agility. Her hunting, foraging, healing, and fighting skills are at the limits of human capacity. She is a trained veterinarian and is highly skilled with wild animals. Shanna is versed in classical literature and can read Latin.[39]



Shanna uses primitive weapons such as knives, spears, and bows and arrows.


Naturally occurring vines which she swings upon.


See Also

Links and References

  • The Official Handbook to the Marvel Universe: Women of Marvel


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