Appearing in "The Coming of... Ka-Zar!"
- Unnamed Antarctic explorers
- Savage Land flora & fauna
Races and Species:
- Polar land-rover vehicle
Synopsis for "The Coming of... Ka-Zar!"
Iceman, Beast and Marvel Girl are training in the Danger Room when Scott enters the room to commend them on the mastery of their abilities. Scott notices that Warren is not present in the training session. Fearing something is wrong, the X-Men search the mansion to find out where their teammate is and find Warren -- out of uniform -- glued to the television. He is watching a news report of an Antarctic expedition.
The expedition has found one of their numbers missing, however they find the mission scientist and a startling discovery: the missing man has been rescued by a strange muscle bounded human wearing only a loincloth and accompanied by a saber-tooth tiger. The large and heavily armed convoy opens fire on the jungle man and his pet attack the other scientists before vanishing in the winter wastelands.
Theorizing that this strange man might be a fellow mutant, the X-Men tell the news to Professor X, who consents his students to go to Antarctica by themselves to investigate. While the others cheerful rush out of the Professor's study, excited to be heading out on another adventure, Scott stays behind wondering if the team is ready to go out alone. The Professor reassures and gives Cyclops his blessing that the team is ready to go out on the field without the Professor's physical presence and supervision and commends Scott for his leadership skills.
Sometime later, the X-Men arrive in Antarctica and travel across the frozen wastes until they arrive at the location of the jungle man's attack. Investigating further on foot, they uncover a crack in the ice, which Cyclops blasts open wider with his optic blast. The team finds a hidden tunnel and journeys into what appears to be an ice cavern. Along the way, they come across dinosaur bones that are impossibly young. At the end of the tunnel, they find a prehistoric jungle in the middle of the Antarctic.
Flying up to scope the place out, Angel soon finds himself targeted by a swarm of pterodactyls. However a combination of Angel's fast flying and Cyclops' optic beams send the creatures fleeing. To the X-Men's surprise, they find many prehistoric animals long thought extinct in this strange "Savage Land." Angel scouts ahead further while the rest of the team explores on the ground.
The X-Men are soon attacked by the Swamp Men, a tribe of hunters who have superior hunting skills that ride on giant bird beasts. They easily get the drop on the X-Men, knocking most of their numbers out with swamp gas. They also kidnap Marvel Girl! Witnessing the battle, the jungle man -- named Ka-Zar -- goes to the X-Men's rescue with the aid of his tiger, Zabu.
When the X-Men revive, Beast thanks Ka-Zar and puts a hand on him, which offends the jungle man enough to prompt him to attack the X-Men. The heroes are then forced to subdue their savior, however their fight is quickly ended when Ka-Zar's mortal enemy, the ape man Maa-Gor, appears. Ka-Zar easily defeats him in single combat and sends him fleeing. After the battle, Ka-Zar agrees to help the X-Men free Marvel Girl from the Swamp People.
Elsewhere, Angel continues scouting the Savage Land when he is also captured by the Swamp Men and brought back to their village. There, he is reunited with Jean and the two are brought to the top of a pyramid where they are to be sacrificed to a deadly Tyrannosaurus Rex. The sight of the creature frightens Jean so badly that she cannot concentrate enough to use her telekinetic powers to free herself and Angel from their bindings.
The other X-Men, Ka-Zar and Zabu soon arrive outside the Swamp Men's village and mount an attack, smashing through their defenses with relative ease. As this is going on, Jean manages to compose herself to use her telekinetic powers to trip up the T-Rex and free herself and Angel. Able to fly away, Warren grabs Jean and the two join their comrades in battle. Ka-Zar then helps the X-Men dodge the Swamp Men's death traps and calls a herd of charging mastodons to smash through the wooden fence that surrounds the village.
With the defenses smashed, the X-Men, Ka-Zar and Zabu make short work of the Swamp Men, sending them fleeing into the jungle in defeat. After the battle, they find Hank embarrassingly caught on a giant pole and save him. Later, Cyclops thanks Ka-Zar for his help and offers him to accompany them back to the surface world, however Ka-Zar rejects the offer telling the X-Men that the Savage Land is his home.
The X-Men part with Ka-Zar as friends and return to the surface, leaving Ka-Zar behind. After the X-Men have left, Ka-Zar commands the mastodons to cover up the entrance to the Savage Land with boulders to prevent intruders from the outside world from coming to the Savage Land ever again.
- Marvel Girl erroneously calls Angel "Scott" when they are trying to get away from the T-Rex about to eat them.
- Ka-Zar is pronounced Kay-sar. This is also stated in the opening pages of this issue.
- Ka-Zar next appears in Daredevil #12.
- Stan Lee, Writer, and Jack Kirby, Artist Have Triumphed Again!!
- Magnificently Supported by: Chic Stone, Inker
- S. Rosen, Letterer
- Jack Kirby accurately portrays many prehistoric animals (as they were understood in the 1960s) in this issue. These include:
- Smilodon: The "saber-toothed tiger".
- Rhamphorhynchus: The "pterodactyls" that attack Angel, much larger than in real life but otherwise correct.
- Doedicurus: A giant, spike-tailed armadillo.
- Archaeopteryx: A bird-like dinosaur.
- Synthetoceras: A three-horned antelope-like creature.
- Eohippus: Small prehistoric horses.
- Uintatherium: A six-horned rhinoceros-like mammal, also visible as a skull in the animal graveyard.
- Macrauchenia: A long-nosed, long-necked grazing mammal.
- Terror birds: Ridden by the Swamp Men.
- Neanderthals: The Man-Ape Tribe.
- Tyrannosaurs rex
- Mastodons: Also visible as a skull in the animal graveyard.
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