Characters Appearing: Ka-Zar, Zabu
Issue(s): Ka-Zar #10, Ka-Zar #11
Ka-Zar is often more of a Conan copycat book than a "savage in a jungle with dinosaurs" book, and that's especially true of Moench's run. After getting knocked out while fighting a carnivorous ape (awesome!)...
...Ka-Zar and Zabu are discovered by a princess from a hidden city and taken there to recover.
Ka-Zar is introduced to their mostly friendly priest class, although he's not impressed with their fat and bald Buddha-like god statue.
Thanks to the machinations of one conniving priest, the high priest's son (fiance to the woman that brought Ka-Zar here) is sentenced to death as punishment for allowing the outsider Ka-Zar into the city.
No one in the city is happy about this, but they won't go against their god, despite Ka-Zar's exhortations.
So Ka-Zar has to fight his way through snakes...
...and eventually shows that their god is, umm, i don't know, a hologram?
It's amazing how many different civilizations, at all different levels of development, manage to fit in the Savage Land. But that is part of the charm, allowing Ka-Zar to get involved in a wide range of stories.
The next issue promises "The dawning of a new era in exciting Jungle Action and Exotic Mystique! Dynamic new characters and stunning visuals... Ka-Zar is on the move!". But i don't know what the Heck they are talking about. The next two issues couldn't be any more like this story even if they just reprinted these issues and changed the dialogue.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
If Ka-Zar is one part Conan then he's nine parts Tarzan. It's true I've read a lot more Edgar Rice Burroughs than Robert E. Howard, but one could take a bottle of white-out and turn this into a Tarzan story very quickly. Suitable for publication by those lucky dog Marvel competitors who had Tarzan's comic book publication rights sewn up tight.
Posted by: Holt | February 16, 2018 11:05 AM
I think the idea is everyone was drugged into thinking the statue was moving by fumes from the brazier.
Posted by: Luke Blanchard | February 16, 2018 2:20 PM
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