X-MEN #10: The First Appearance of Ka-Zar!


Stan Lee really liked to make his characters come.   They were always “coming.”

Anyway, Ka-Zar debuts as a caveman-like character.

He’ll be smarter later.

Ka-Zar is initially known as the “antarctic wild man,” and the government asks Professor X’s students to investigate.

When they arrive in the Savage Land, Jack Kirby gets to draw some fantastic beasts and where to find them.

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.

He certainly talks a good game.

They end as allies.

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. 

They didn’t really know what to do with him yet, and basically just made him a Tarzan copy–down to the yell.

Jean and Scott’s romance is beginning to bud.

It’s also worth noting that most of these early issues have some fun danger room sequences, like this one:

Here’s a map of the Savage Land, from The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1989).

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.

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