Ka-Zar the Savage #3-4
Issue(s): Ka-Zar the Savage #3, Ka-Zar the Savage #4
...and stumble into some of the Pangean's jealousies as well (including Ka-Zar getting into an arena fight with Buth - pronounced like Bus with a lisp - who will become a recurring character)...
...in addition to an attempted coup.
Lord Typ is assassinated. Shanna is tied up to a local flying creature that is in heat and it flies back to its place of birth to find a mate. After helping stop the coup, Ka-Zar and Buth head after her, with Buth soon having to return home to deal with the coup's aftermath.
Shanna is found passed out on an island by the traitor Sep, who uses ancient technology to switch the minds of her and the comatose Leanne.
When Ka-Zar arrives, he finds Leanne-in-Shanna's body acting decidedly un-Shanna-like in a confrontation with a dinosaur.
He eventually runs into a jealous Sep, who spills the beans when he sees that Leanne is more interested in Ka-Zar than him.
After reversing the mind-switch, Sep elects to stay with the comatose Leanne despite her disloyalty.
I can't tell you how well done this comic is. The plot may be full of standard elements, but it's the dialogue and characterization (and Brent Anderson's art) that make it great.
Quality Rating: A
Chronological Placement Considerations: The first 6 or so issues of Ka-Zar are displaced from their publication dates due to Ka-Zar's appearance in Marvel Fanfare #1-2.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
The parrot joke was pretty old at this point. The full punch line (probably edited for space) is "It's the plumber. He's come to fix the sink."
Posted by: Andrew | January 4, 2015 7:20 AM
Too bad about Typ, he was exceptionally friendly for a Marvel monarch. Considering he wasn't able to avoid being assassinated, though, I suppose there's something to be said for brooding hypervigilance.
Posted by: Mortificator | June 18, 2017 1:35 PM
It's funny how the shuttlecock is referred to as a ball in the game of bala, which must also be known as Pangean badminton. I also wonder if the name Buth was initially conceived as an instant pun generator ( buth stop, buthted, etc.).:-)
Posted by: Brian Coffey | September 25, 2017 10:21 PM
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