Category Archive: Ka-Zar

Astonishing Tales 7 (August 1971)

If Herb Trimpe spent as much time on his figures as he did on the shading lines, his Ka-Zar story might not have been hideously ugly. It’s actually passable–ambitious at times even–until the… Continue reading

Ka-Zar the Savage 34 (October 1984)

The cover proclaims this final issue as a “collectors’ item.” Until the epilogue, it’s unclear why. In an amazing turn, Ka-Zar and Shanna end up in the League of Cancelled Marvel comics, or… Continue reading

Ka-Zar the Savage 33 (August 1984)

Carlin’s destruction of the series seems to be complete now. In this issue, he reduces Shanna to a helpless damsel. He’s got Ka-Zar running around thinking about how he’s going to save after… Continue reading

Ka-Zar the Savage 32 (June 1984)

Reading Carlin’s Ka-Zar is watching a series collapse on itself. This issue does have Marie Severin doing these wonderful imaginings of Ka-Zar and Shanna as a sitcom married couple. Those scenes, totally pointless… Continue reading

Ka-Zar the Savage 31 (April 1984)

With this issue, from the opening page actually, Ka-Zar the Savage has devolved into complete nonsense. Carlin even manages to make the strong supporting cast useless against his Machiavellian pterodactyl man. Except the… Continue reading

Ka-Zar the Savage 30 (February 1984)

Well, after a couple good issues, Carlin’s Ka-Zar is starting to unravel. The issue also has major art problems; some of these problems might even make Carlin’s script worse, but he still makes… Continue reading

Ka-Zar the Savage 29 (December 1983)

Carlin’s not doing much to make Ka-Zar his own. He follows the existing template well–down to Shanna’s step-daughter being emotionally affecting from her first panel–and it feels like a good impression of Bruce… Continue reading

Ka-Zar the Savage 28 (October 1983)

Mike Carlin takes over the writing reins and does a fine job. He handles Shanna’s personal crisis well, though he doesn’t stick with it as long as Jones would have. And Carlin’s Ka-Zar… Continue reading

Ka-Zar the Savage 27 (August 1983)

Gil draws like a man possessed this issue. It’s his first time pencilling in a while and he opens the issue with this reintroduction to the Savage Land. Very scenic, but also very… Continue reading

Ka-Zar the Savage 26 (May 1983)

This issue is extremely hectic. The first three-quarters of it pick up immediately following the previous issue–Ka-Zar and Spider-Man duke it out until they decide to be buddies. Then they go save Shanna,… Continue reading

Ka-Zar the Savage 25 (April 1983)

Weird issue. Since Shanna’s basically out of commission (she’s comatose in the second half and insane in the first), Peter Parker is basically the second protagonist. Jones splits the pages between him and… Continue reading

Ka-Zar the Savage 24 (March 1983)

There’s a lot of action this issue. Jones really puts Hall through the paces fitting it all in. Ka-Zar and his evil lady friend fight the mad scientist and his men in the… Continue reading

Ka-Zar the Savage 23 (February 1983)

Jones turns Ka-Zar into James Bond this issue, setting him loose in Casablanca in a clumsy homage to the film. Jones includes lots of little details and nods and is very excited about… Continue reading

Ka-Zar the Savage 22 (January 1983)

Where the heck is Jones going with this comic book? First off, the issue is a visual delight. Not because of the quality of the artwork, but because of the intricate page layouts.… Continue reading

Ka-Zar the Savage 21 (December 1982)

Mel Candido is great inker for Frenz. For the most part, the issue looks great. Not great great, but great for a Marvel house style book, which Ka-Zar has apparently become. Right down… Continue reading

Ka-Zar the Savage 20 (November 1982)

Frenz is far more in his element here, with Ka-Zar having a New York adventure with Kraven the Hunter. They’re swinging around, crashing comic cons and just generally having antics. Jones’s strength is… Continue reading

Ka-Zar the Savage 19 (October 1982)

This issue is very full. Not a lot happens, but there are a lot of scenes and most of them have some action. Ka-Zar, an amnesiac mute after his brain injury, roams New… Continue reading

Ka-Zar the Savage 18 (September 1982)

Well, Anderson’s back in a “layout” capacity. Gil’s finishes are often pretty bad. Jones’s writing is strong enough to get the issue through, but it would have been far better with good art.… Continue reading

Ka-Zar the Savage 17 (August 1982)

This issue is a nice done-in-one, with Ka-Zar tripping on bad mushrooms and thinking he’s Sam Spade after a double-crossing dame (Shanna). Unfortunately, Frenz is still on the art–I suppose his noir scenes… Continue reading

Ka-Zar the Savage 16 (July 1982)

Ron Frenz. Ron Frenz does the pencils this issue. Ron Frenz doing jungle action. Not just jungle action, but jungle action with shades of Lovecraft. It’s hideous. Even though Gil can’t pencil, he’s… Continue reading

Ka-Zar the Savage 15 (June 1982)

Brent Anderson did “thumbnail layouts” for this issue, Gil does the rest. So there are some beautifully composed pages and panels and then not the art to make them work. Gil seems better… Continue reading

Ka-Zar the Savage 14 (May 1982)

And here we go… the perfect example of what it means to have a good inker versus a bad “finisher.” Anderson provides layouts, Gil finishes them. So this issue of Ka-Zar shows evidence… Continue reading

Ka-Zar the Savage 13 (April 1982)

I want to love this issue but I can’t. Jones gets Shanna and Ka-Zar out of the Atlantean technology, away from their sidekicks, and back out into the jungle. Ka-Zar is jungle adventure… Continue reading

Ka-Zar the Savage 12 (March 1982)

Jones finishes up his Inferno homage–he confirms my plotting suspicions too… again, it’d be a great movie. Because kids need to read Dante. There’s a lot of action as Ka-Zar goes it alone… Continue reading

Ka-Zar the Savage 11 (February 1982)

Marvel ought to turn this one into a movie. Not a Ka-Zar movie, but a movie about the backstory–Dante Alighieri the action star. Jones’s Dante chased a Cthulhu-worshipping cur from Italy to Antarctica… Continue reading

Ka-Zar the Savage 10 (January 1982)

Jones sends Ka-Zar, Shanna and company to Hell. Maybe. This issue is good, though not great–Jones is playing within a self-imposed constrain; there’s only so many places he can go. And they’re in… Continue reading

Ka-Zar the Savage 9 (December 1981)

Ka-Zar is nowhere near the level it was three issues ago, but Jones has definitely partially recovered. He gets away from the Atlantean technology and gives Ka-Zar and Shanna a real problem to… Continue reading

Ka-Zar the Savage 8 (November 1981)

Between Jones exploring the history of Atlantis themed entertainment and Anderson apparently deciding to be lazy, Ka-Zar doesn’t feel much like itself. The problem isn’t really Anderson, though his lack of detail is… Continue reading

Ka-Zar the Savage 7 (October 1981)

This issue isn’t a success, not entirely, but it’s not bad. It’s also why I love and defend Bruce Jones’s writing. I was almost going to say his honor. Anyway, the issue opens… Continue reading

Ka-Zar the Savage 6 (September 1981)

Jones and Ka-Zar have their first mediocre issue. Anderson is fine, opening the issue with this amazing panel of a snow covered jungle, but the story is lacking. The issue concentrates on Shanna… Continue reading