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1399: Astonishing Tales #9 (v1)

" The Legend of the Lizard Men "
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Astonishing Tales #9 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Gil Kane
Writers: Stan Lee
Pencilers: John Buscema
Inkers: John Buscema
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: December 1971
Release Date: September 1971
Story Arc: -
Pages: 16
Cover Price: $0.20
Times Read: 219                 Times Rated: 149
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Issue Blurb
Ka-Zar hunts the Lizard Men who are stalking the Savage Land. He comes upon a beautiful woman who, unbeknownst to him, commands the Lizard Men. As her plot begins to reveal itself, Ka-Zar and Zabu are turned against each other.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
Ka-Zar last appeared in Astonishing Tales #8a (v1). Ka-Zar next appears in Astonishing Tales #10 (v1).
Supporting Characters
Zabu last appeared in Astonishing Tales #8a (v1). Zabu next appears in Astonishing Tales #10 (v1).
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Lowani in the mainstream continuity.
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Iranda in the mainstream continuity. Dies in this issue.
Group Appearances
Lizard Men
This is the first appearance by Lizard Men in the mainstream continuity.
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Issue Review
   November 27, 2016
Good story, plenty of mystery and action. Plus Ka-Zar comes across as quite the impressive warrior. 9/10
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  leisch Says:    
  2014-02-07 09:12:48  
  It reads like a Conan tale with a couple of changes to make it Ka-Zar, not necessarily a bad thing.  

  ThunderZtorm Says:    
  2014-10-25 17:31:31  
  They do write in the beginning "due to circumstances beyond our control", so this was certainly not planned.  

  buckyfan Says:    
  2014-12-30 07:50:45  
  Naked boob alert! Yet comics code approved. Probably because she was really a lizard person. ;)  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2015-02-02 15:29:40  
  Weird. I was thinking the same... Reads like Conan. I wonder what that circumstance was.  

  specialque Says:    
  2015-02-19 07:15:28  
  Not a bad filler issue. I'm always a sucker for a lizard man story.  

  duncanm Says:    
  2015-02-23 17:01:36  
  Boring filler...next.  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2016-04-15 19:41:13  
  3 stars for Iranda...who makes me wanna I run da to her!!! And Ka-Zar wonders why Zabu is so smitten with her...

Double Splash - Nice image of Iranda all spread out!!

Vixens - Ka-Zar remarks that no savage jungle could spawn a woman like Iranda. How about those bathing beauties that you showed to Carla in Savage Tales #1?!

Clubbin' - I like that one Lizard Man pulling his girl by the hair!! (p5,p5)

'Nuff Said - "Not for nothing am I the jungle bred. Not for nothing am I the Jungle Lord."-Ka-Zar, the Not for Nothing

  rubixcube60 Says:    
  2016-06-19 21:28:07  
  Y'know, for filler this ain't bad. I'd actually argue it's some of the better Ka-Zar material yet.

And apparently this issue was a real mess. They'd picked an old Lorna the Jungle Girl story for the backup, but accidentally replaced the last couple of pages of it with pages from a completely different Lorna story!

  aliensummer Says:    
  2016-10-12 02:14:36  
  I feel like this issue should be after #10 in the order. I know this was published first, but isn't the whole point of the order to make things flow in a way that makes sense? I started to read this one, but then switched to #10 when I found out this one had nothing to do with the previous issue and I think that worked much better.

As for the story, I feel like this story must have been created for Savage Tales, but then thrown in here and perhaps censored a bit when the second issue of Savage Tales never materialized (at least not for two years). Anyway, Buscema's art is lovely as always (that double splash is gorgeous!) and I enjoyed this tale much more than the one in the first issue of Savage Tales.

  Katryn Says:    
  2017-02-19 05:43:05  
  If the lizard men were really the people of the village, Ka-Zar just burnt a few of them alive. But we won't mention that.  

  Russ Says:    
  2017-03-10 20:53:33  
  This is a pure guess, but likely the second part of the New Britainnia arc didn't make the deadline, so they used this story which was probably sitting in the vault for a future Savage Tales issue, and redrawn to meet the scrutinizing eye of the CCA. Is this in the Untold Tales of Marvel book?

I liked this one, however. The two Ka-Zar stories for Savage Tales really had the Conan-inspired look; John Buscema seemed to capture that better than Barry Smith did when he drew Ka-Zar. But John always knew how to capture mood and atmosphere as well as anyone in the industry at the time.

I'm with everyone else that gave props to Iranda's look, especially in that double splash page. Is it me, or was her hair thinning out in front as the story wore on, even before the moon came out? Also, being in the Antarctic, they probably don't see much moonlight, and if they did, maybe for just a few minutes at a time.

3 stars. Not bad at all for what it was.

  benmason486 Says:    
  2018-02-01 11:28:33  
  The metamorphosis power of her crown I was not expecting. Mind control, yes, but not that.

So, did all the men change back? Are the "Lizard Men" extinct?

As has been mentioned already, I would think this story and the next should trade places in the order.

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Marvel Masterworks: Ka-Zar, Volume 1
This collection includesMarvel Super-Heroes #19 (v1), Astonishing Tales #1a (v1), Astonishing Tales #2a (v1), Astonishing Tales #3a (v1), Astonishing Tales #4a (v1), Astonishing Tales #5a (v1), Astonishing Tales #6b (v1), Savage Tales #1c (v1), Astonishing Tales #6a (v1), Astonishing Tales #7a (v1), Astonishing Tales #8a (v1), Astonishing Tales #9 (v1), Astonishing Tales #10 (v1), Astonishing Tales #11 (v1), Astonishing Tales #12 (v1), Astonishing Tales #13 (v1), Astonishing Tales #15 (v1), Astonishing Tales #16 (v1), Savage Tales #1d (v1)
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Date User Name Update
   February 11, 2018 Urgat
   December 6, 2017 fragsel Added Lowani to the issue.
   July 2, 2016 fragsel Added Lizard Men to the issue.
   November 15, 2015 fragsel Added Iranda to the issue.
   May 7, 2015 sewixo Changed comic details.
   October 25, 2014 Drax Changed comic details.
   October 25, 2014 Drax Changed comic details.
   October 25, 2014 Drax Changed comic details.
   May 3, 2013 jfpj1991 Added blurb for this issue.
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