Alias








Ka-Zar
Nick Name

Ka-Zar I

Brother of the Lion

Ka-Zar the Great

Ka-Zar the Mighty


Ka-Zar II

Ka-Zar the Savage

Lord of the Savage Land


Civilian ID

Ka-Zar I

David Rand


Ka-Zar II

Kevin Reginald Plunder


Occupation

Ka-Zar I

Jungle Lord


Ka-Zar I

Jungle Lord


Legal Status

Ka-Zar I

Citizen of South Africa.


Ka-Zar II

Subject of Great Britain.


Nation or Planet of Origin

Ka-Zar I

Johannesburg, Sough Africa


Ka-Zar II

Plunder Manor, England


Group Affiliation

Ka-Zar I

None


Ka-Zar II

X-Men


Base of Operations

Ka-Zar I

Africa


Ka-Zar II

Savage Land, Antarctica


Height

Ka-Zar I

6' 5"


Ka-Zar II

6' 2"


Weight

Ka-Zar I

285 lbs.

Ka-Zar II

215 lbs.


Eye Color

Ka-Zar I

Blue


Ka-Zar II

Blue


Hair Color

Ka-Zar I

Blonde


Ka-Zar II

Blonde


Known Powers

Ka-Zar I

Mystically enhanced human with superhuman strength, speed, stamina and agility; sharing a special rapport with the animals of the jungle.


Ka-Zar II

Normal human with above average strength, stamina and agility for a man of his age.


Exceptional hand-to-hand combatant with skills earned in the wilds of the jungle.


Accessories
Weapons honed from the materials of the jungle.
Common Enemies

Ka-Zar I

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Ka-Zar II

(The) Plunderer


Regularly Appearing

Ka-Zar I

Marvel Mystery Comics Vol. 1


Ka-Zar II

Astonishing Tales

Ka-Zar Vol. 1, 2, 3 & 4

Ka-Zar the Savage


First Appearance

Ka-Zar I


Pulp Magazine: Ka-Zar #1 (Oct. 1936)


Comics: Marvel Comics #1 (Nov. 1939)


Note: Ka-Zar was obviously a shameless attempt to profit from the popularity of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes, a character from an earlier era, who in the 1930's achieved wider public notoriety in a series of motion pictures.


After a brief run of three pulp magazines, Ka-Zar seemed destined for oblivion, until publisher Martin Goodman decided to get into the comics business and was looking for characters for his new Marvel Comics magazine. Ka-Zar appeared in multiple issues of the title renamed Marvel Mystery Comics with its second issue. When the comics industry took an eventually downturn so did Ka-Zar's career, until conceptually he was revived in the pages of the X-Men with a new name and revamped origin.



Ka-Zar II

X-Men Vol. 1 #10 (March, 1965)


Creator

Ka-Zar I

Bob Byrd & Ben Thompson


Ka-Zar II

Stan Lee & Jack Kirby


Origin

Ka-Zar I

David Rand was born in South Africa in the early 20th Century to British parents, John and Constance. On a flight to Cairo to visit Rand's grandfather, the plane crashed in the Congo. Injured, Constance died and John slowly grew insane. Living in the jungle with his father, isolated from local tribes, Rand grew under the hardships of the jungle into a powerful youth; developing a strong empathy with wildlife. Rescuing a lion known as Zar from a quicksand pit, Rand's reputation as a warrior earned him the name, Brother of the Lion - Ka-Zar.


Ka-Zar II

British scientist Lord Robert Plunder discovered a deposit of "Anti-Metal," an isotope of the rare element Vibranium, in a hidden jungle within a mountain range of Antarctica. With the death of his wife, Plunder returned to England where his discoveries in the Savage Land made him the target of foreign agents. Hiding his son Parnival, Lord Plunder returned to the Savage Land with his son Kevin. When Lord Plunder was killed by the primitive Man-Apes, Kevin was soon to be doomed if not for the intervention of the saber-toothed tiger, Zabu. When Maa-Gor, the leader of the Man-Apes, attempted to kill Zabu, the young Plunder used his father's rifle to shoot Maa-Gor. Along with Zabu, Plunder fled into the "Place of Mist" a region held as taboo and feared by the Man-Apes. Growing into manhood in the Savage Land, Plunder became exceptionally powerful and learned the secrets held within the lost jungle land - earning the name Son of the Tiger - Ka-Zar.