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1958: Ka-Zar #4 (v2)

" Into the Shadows of Chaos! "
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Ka-Zar #4 (v2)
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Editor-in-Chief: Len Wein
Cover Artists: Frank Brunner
Writers: Mike Friedrich
Pencilers: Don Heck
Inkers: Mike Royer
Colourists: George Roussos
Letterers: Tom Orzechowski
Cover Date: July 1974
Release Date: April 1974
Story Arc: -
Pages: 18
Cover Price: $0.25
Times Read: 181                 Times Rated: 120
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Issue Blurb
Maa-Gor makes further moves toward dominating the Savage Land and then the world.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
Ka-Zar last appeared in Ka-Zar #3 (v2). Ka-Zar next appears in Ka-Zar #5 (v2).
Supporting Characters
Zabu last appeared in Ka-Zar #3 (v2). Zabu next appears in Ka-Zar #5 (v2).
  Bobbi Morse
Bobbi Morse last appeared in Ka-Zar #3 (v2). Bobbi Morse next appears in Ka-Zar #5 (v2).
  El Tigre
El Tigre last appeared in Ka-Zar #3 (v2). El Tigre next appears in Ka-Zar #5 (v2).
Tongah last appeared in Ka-Zar #2 (v2). Tongah next appears in Ka-Zar #5 (v2).
  Nick Fury
Nick Fury last appeared in Captain America #173 (v1). Nick Fury next appears in Captain America #181 (v1).
  Wilma Calvin
Wilma Calvin last appeared in Astonishing Tales #20 (v1).
Maa-Gor last appeared in Ka-Zar #3 (v2). Maa-Gor next appears in Ka-Zar #5 (v2).
Group Appearances
Fall People
Fall People last appeared in Ka-Zar #2 (v2). Fall People next appears in Ka-Zar #5 (v2).
Man-Apes last appeared in Ka-Zar #3 (v2). Man-Apes next appears in Ka-Zar #5 (v2).
S.H.I.E.L.D. last appeared in Marvel Team-Up #19 (v1). S.H.I.E.L.D. next appears in Captain America #181 (v1).
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Issue Review
   November 11, 2016
The same flaws exist (a dull hero and villains with vague, random powers) but this issue is simple and action-driven. On that basic level, it works. We begin with our hero (who loves to shout his own name when going into battle) trying to rescue Bobbi, failing at that and being captured. The rest of the issue is just about him escaping, which he does. Only to find himself in deeper trouble. Never mind, I bet he'll start the next issue by shouting out his own name. Truthfully, of the three main characters, it is Zabu who across the best. At least the villains are afraid of him. 5/10
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  Calthor Says:    
  2012-12-03 14:39:20  
  I reckon the Marvel world is used to world-wide villain threats by now?  

  Kez Says:    
  2013-04-18 06:07:30  
  Apparently being intelligent means you know Judo. How strange.  

  Neskit Says:    
  2014-08-10 08:31:25  
  Still waiting for it to get better...  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2015-05-07 19:46:18  
  I take back what I said last issue. This is pretty rancid.  

  j52y Says:    
  2015-08-06 00:44:49  
  The only things saving this title right now are that I legitimately like Ka-Zar and Zabu, and they're really quick reads.  

  duncanm Says:    
  2015-09-08 18:35:58  
  I think I gave myself a concussion from the facepalm when Maa-Gor learned judo from being smart. Quick, someone get Stephen Hawking into the UFC!
I know that it's the norm for comics to have coloring problems from time to time, but how does a book get published with two panels where they completely forgot to put any colors on the main villain?! I guess the higher ups at Marvel were as interested in this comic as we are.

  gumchewspit Says:    
  2016-07-28 03:45:33  
  I would have given this two stars but the worldwide telepathy bit killed it for me. And voodoo apes could be cool, but will probably suck with this creative team.  

  Johnny Darkness Says:    
  2016-11-23 01:08:16  
  Wasn't good, but it was perfectly readable.  

  Johnny Darkness Says:    
  2016-11-23 01:38:30  
  Pretty long letter from Ralph Macchio in the lettercol  

  Russ Says:    
  2017-10-07 09:55:37  
  I've easily read worse than this arc, but yeah, the flaws here are too detracting. If Maa-Gor's telepathy is so strong, there's no need to tap into TVs and radios; just sway everyone mentally. No need to fight Ka-Zar either, or have El Tigre control Zabu. No need for El Tigre either. The guy is really Professor X with man-ape tendencies.

1 star. Yep, I learned rocket science from reading a book, too. Next project, martial arts. Off to the library!

  Katryn Says:    
  2017-11-09 06:43:52  
  I really don't like the Ka-Zar mentally controls Zabu plot development. Why make Zabu less cool? He's the best character in these stories!  

  grayrender Says:    
  2018-02-06 00:55:31  
  It looks like the colorist forgot about MG on page 5. As if I need any more reason to dock stars from this nonsense issue.  

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   February 5, 2018 Neskit Changed comic details.
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   November 17, 2015 fragsel Added Wilma Calvin to the issue.
   May 21, 2015 sewixo Changed comic details.
   November 22, 2014 fragsel Added Fall People to the issue.
   November 22, 2014 fragsel Added Man-Apes to the issue.
   September 4, 2013 TStarnes Changed comic details.
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