Characters Appearing: Dherk, Ka-Zar, Shanna the She-Devil, Zabu
Ka-Zar the Savage #6
Issue(s): Ka-Zar the Savage #6
Shanna is having delusions as a residual effect of the mind-switching machine from issue #4.
Then, Ka-Zar is poisoned by a giant scorpion...
...and Shanna starts seeing a non-corporeal man.
He reveals that he's from ancient Atlantis, and that Pangea is actually an outpost of that Atlantean society. He was a scientist named Dherk that predicted the city's eventual sinking, and for his predictions he was banished to Pangea. His body's been put in suspended animation and he's appearing as a projection, but he can temporarily become physical. He became aware of Shanna while she was in the mind transfer device and he's fallen in love with her.
Despite feeling a return of affections for him (possibly also a result of the machine) she rejects his advances and stubbornly tries to drag Ka-Zar in a splint to the Aerians in the hope that they have a cure for the poison.
After a number of trials...
...she passes out from exhaustion and cold, and Dherk manifests physically...
...saving her and, after her pleas, Ka-Zar too.
Remaining physical for too long, Dherk dies.
Similar to the Ka-Zar/Leanne relationship, Dherk and Shanna develop feelings for each other a little too quickly, but at least this time it could be attributed to the influence of the machine on Shanna's part and centuries of loneliness on Dherk's.
Quality Rating: B+
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
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