Shanna O'Hara or Shanna the She-Devil was the daughter of Gerald O'Hara, a Diamond miner living and working in Africa. Shanna O’Hara was born in Zaire, Africa, and 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 which used to belong to Patricia O’Hara, her mother. While hunting the animal, Shanna's father accidentally shot and killed her mother. This was the event that 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. Shanna studied to be a Vet at University and also became an accomplished Olympic athlete, specializing in track and field and competitive swimming.

After University Shanna was offered a zoologist job placement at Central Park Municipal Zoo in New York City. While at the Zoo Shanna raised a female leopard she named Julani. 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.[3] The animals were tragically killed when the sorcerer Raga-Shah transferred their life forces into the blood beast Ghamola that Shanna was forced to destroy.[4]

Shanna was kidnapped by the red sorcerer Malgato, to be used as a human sacrifice alongside Ka-Zar.[5]. She eventually fell in love with Ka-Zar and remained in the Savage Land with him.

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.[6] 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. [5]

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 it's 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. [7]

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Shanna reborn.

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 attempts to flee by sea but were stopped by monsters living the ocean. They then decided to find and destroy the source of the damping field, creating a bomb to do so. [8]

Unfortunately for Shanna, 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 crashed 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.[9] During one of these encounters, Shanna was killed.

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. [10] 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 power. 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.[2]


Extended Lifespan: 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.[2]


Shanna is an Olympic-class athlete with extraordinary agility. Her hunting, foraging, healing, & fighting skills are at the limits of human capacity. She is a trained veterinarian and is highly skilled with wild animals.

Strength level

The strength of "ten men".[citation needed]


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

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