Stan Lee really liked to make his characters come. This was the first appearance of Ka-Zar, and it’s titled, “The Coming of… Ka-Zar!” He had similar titles for Wonder Man and a slew of other character debuts.
Anyhoo, it’s a cool story, especially knowing that Ka-Zar will one day be tough enough to defeat Thanos. In this issue, he has to be content with taking on the X-Men.
This is billed as Ka-Zar’s debut, but the character actually appeared in several pre-Marvel comics under the Timely banner. Apparently, Marvel’s publisher, Martin Goodwin, wanted to bring the character back so that the rights didn’t lapse.
Creators: Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Chic Stone is the inker, and he seems to be doing most of Kirby’s work in 1965. He’s probably best Kirby inker around, by the way.
First appearances: The Savage Land, Ka-Zar (first Marvel Universe appearance)1, and all that comes with it.
Grade: Let’s give this one a B+. It’s a B- comic—better than many 1965 Marvel issues, and better than just about every other issue of X-Men so far, but it’s the first appearance of Ka-Zar which makes it important.
For the complete history of the MU, year by year, go here.