Nobody likes Ka-Zar
Ed already talked about Ka-Zar so I’m not gonna go too overboard, but there were a few things about this encounter that I wanted to mention. I know that I’ve said some disparaging things about a lot the villains that we’ve met so far, and I don’t want to come off as overly critical. I realize that this was fifty years ago, and I know that they’re not gonna be fighting the Juggernaut or Apocalypse every single issue, and I do realize that some of the supporting characters aren’t gonna be like, the very best. That being said however, in issue #10 we are again treated to 30 pages concerning a babbling naked man. On the very first page, I was promised that Ka-Zar would be ‘unquestionably the most spectacular new character of the year’. Well, this book must have come out during some weird time anomaly that caused an entire year to go by during the month this was on stands, because nobody likes Ka-Zar.
Case in point: here, he shows up at an antarctic expedition with the body of an injured explorer. He has literally saved this man’s life, and his fellows react by opening fire. Even when he’s just trying to help, people dislike Ka-Zar so much that he is to be shot on sight. And the X-Men? You would think that with their extensive experience dealing with people of a less-than-mainstream demeanor, and their empathy for the oppressed, they would be able to be a little more understanding with this guy.
Nope. In what I would describe as a ‘classic Bobby maneuver’, Iceman get things started off on the right foot by putting ‘that nutty pussycat in deep freeze’. Nice going as always, Bobby. But then, as if that wasn’t bad enough, Cyclops just fires a force blast right over the top of his skull, and then they all tackle him. The best part is Cyclops saving ‘He doesn’t understand… he thinks we’re enemies’. Wow, Scott, how do you think he got that idea? With the way people treat him, it’s no wonder that Ka-Zar has a massive persecution complex.
But, when all is said and done, the real significance of this issue is that it is the first visit to the Savage Land, which is a mysterious cavern below Antarctica filled with dinosaurs and alien technology that gives it daylight and, from what we can see here, a featureless pink sky. I’m sure all of that left-behind alien tech does some other stuff as well, but we’ll have to wait for future issues to find out.