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1362: Savage Tales #1 (v1) [D Story]

" The Night of the Looter "
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Savage Tales #1d (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: John Buscema
Writers: Stan Lee
Pencilers: John Buscema
Inkers: John Buscema
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: May 1971
Release Date: February 1971
Story Arc: -
Pages: 15
Cover Price: $0.50
Times Read: 216                 Times Rated: 142
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Savage Tales #1b (v1)
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Issue Blurb
Kazar must protect his secret cave, and himself from looters and swamp men.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
Ka-Zar last appeared in Astonishing Tales #5a (v1). Ka-Zar next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #103 (v1).
Supporting Characters
Zabu last appeared in Astonishing Tales #5a (v1). Zabu next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #103 (v1).
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Ralph in the mainstream continuity.
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Carla in the mainstream continuity. Dies in this issue.
Group Appearances
Swamp Men
Swamp Men last appeared in X-Men #63 (v1). Swamp Men next appears in Marvel Team-Up #19 (v1).
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Issue Review
   November 23, 2016
Average tale, with a bit more sex than normal for a Marvel comic.
The engine that drives the story is yet another group of greedy outsiders visiting the Savage Land and bringing trouble. One of the most over-used of ideas in the KA-ZAR series.
Ka-Zar is a big, dumb lug here. So the most interesting character, by far, is the femme fatale who attempts to seduce him. She meets an end that is quite shocking.
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  TStarnes Says:    
  2012-01-15 18:10:04  
  This was a little graphic, compared to other comics, but it seemed a lot better then previous Ka-Zar stories.  

  Redsvetz Says:    
  2012-04-01 17:58:29  
  I thought Wakanda was the exclusive source of Vibranium.  

  Kez Says:    
  2012-06-11 16:15:57  
  Man, this was brutal. Entertaining read though, clearly targeted at a more mature audience.

As for Vibranium.. there are two types. One from Wakanda and one from Savage Land. They have different properties, which is why this one melts metal. This variety actually appeared first, as well.

  Wady Says:    
  2012-10-17 18:04:47  
  Thanks Kez that actualy explained the doubt I had about how the Plunderers ray gun works  

  poj-poj Says:    
  2013-02-12 12:08:50  
  After reading this i almost want to jump from the order and read conan instead. I realy liked this style of comic!  

  zweineuf Says:    
  2013-04-20 01:20:43  
  This issue was all right; Buscema's art was beautiful, but aside from being more graphic due to the format, Stan still writes Ka-Zar the same as he did back in the X-Men/DD days.
Observe: Ka-Zar has a zany catchphrase. No good reason for this, definitely doesn't fit the "mature" theme of this magazine.
While the theme is ostensibly "what it means to be a man" (with a healthy side of "women are gold-digging, trifling bitches"), the actual plot is nothing more than "civilized man comes to jungle to steal element X, native man beats up civilized man and shows how uncivilized civilization is" ... in other words, Avatar, in other words, the oldest, boringist plot of all time, and the same plot used in like every Ka-Zar story before the Gerry Conway and Roy Thomas stories in Astonishing Tales.
Astonishing Tales shows what Ka-Zar's potential is; the real star is the Savage Land, which allows for as fantastic of a story as the writer needs.
This Savage Tales story could have been set anywhere: make it in New York and the badguy wants to steal Iron Man's new invention. Shit goes down exactly the same. I want a Ka-Zar story that could only be a Ka-Zar story.

  skalchemist Says:    
  2013-10-09 23:15:22  
  This story has me convinced , finally, tHat deep down, at least back in the day, Stan Lee really didn't like women very much.  

  leisch Says:    
  2014-02-05 15:57:16  
  So for the extra cost of a magazine sized edition, you get a typical Ka-Zar story with some t&a tossed in.  

  Gillian Who Says:    
  2014-02-27 21:19:41  
  This issue had some crazy issues with women! each story seemed to feature a greedy female character who screws over the male protagonist (not to mention the Femazon story). That said I thought Black Brother (not in the order) to be the most interesting story, albeit with a rather unfortunate name. Anyone know why it was never continued?  

  Robareid Says:    
  2014-09-02 19:22:29  
  Ka-Zar has no need for you. Look over to that waterfall, and see the handful of fair maidens like you. And Ka-Zar is king of the jungle, if you know what I mean ;)  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2015-01-29 11:23:59  
  I don't remember vibranium rays that could melt any weapon...  

  specialque Says:    
  2015-02-07 08:23:59  
  Stan Lee: "Bah! Women! Who needs 'em?"

I'm still surprised at how often they seem to be going back to vibranium.

  duncanm Says:    
  2015-02-16 12:01:16  
  Moral of this whole issue: "Women are evil and will screw you over. There's nothing redeeming about them. Except boobs. Boobs are nice."
Something tells me though that this has less to do with Stan and possible issues with women, and more to do with who they saw as the potential readership of their more adult comics.
The Ka-Zar story was alright though, though he seemed more bestial than he has in a while. His dismissal of that femme-fatale was pretty epic. Though she met with a pretty harsh end, as I'm guessing that we're to believe she was raped by cave-men. Why else was she naked at the end?

  jwerth Says:    
  2015-05-14 21:52:58  
  Why didn't they call this comic Misogynistic Tales?  

  MattzLadd Says:    
  2016-03-07 14:15:54  
  Ka-Zar's speech quality is so inconsistent, between this book and his other appearances and even within this one story itself.  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2016-03-18 14:30:56  
  2 stars for what has already been said above!

Element - I think this is the first time that this material is actually called vibranium. Before it was just called anti-metal.

Edgier - The Swamp Men look creepier in this issue!

Chubby Chaser - It would've been funny when Ka-Zar pointed out the bathing beauties. That they were really Swamp Women, big, fat, and ugly!!!

'Nuff Said - "Cool it, Ralph! You're breathing on me."-Carla

  Katryn Says:    
  2017-02-04 16:16:11  
  That's potentially the most brutal death so far in the Order - face down in a pond, and presumably raped beforehand. Wow.  

  Russ Says:    
  2017-03-01 19:14:08  
  All I can say is...WOW! The mature reader format has produced some very interesting stories, and pretty grisly compared to the other fare we've read in the Order so far. This one seemed to take the most advantage of the uncensored format; surprising it used a lead character already established in the regular Marvel Universe.

Carla was pretty evil and self-centered even by villain standards, but her demise was pretty extreme. I also got the overall impression that all five stories were very misogynistic, intentional or otherwise.

This is technically the first mention of vibranium in the Marvel Universe, although it's already been addressed earlier in the Order (DOOM's story in Astonishing Tales #6, June 1971; Savage Tales #1 is cover-dated May).

3 stars. Overall I like the mature-themed stories, especially the artwork.

  Russ @ Gillian Who (original post):    
  2017-03-03 06:28:51  
  Black Brother was definitely a product of the times, an attempt to be "hip" and to capture a non-white audience. That said, I thought the story was horrible and had nothing redeeming going for it. I don't know why it ended up being a one-shot, but I wonder why they put it in here in the first place. They ruined Joshua too completely for him to recover from his defeat.  

  benmason486 Says:    
  2017-12-07 15:11:09  
  Carla reminds me of an evil Mary Jane.

Well done, Ka-Zar, rebuffing her. But where did you get a harem? Are they triplets?

Such a sad ending for Carla. I'm happy to see her gone from they earth, but still sad. At least she went quick.

How is Vibranium if it melts metal that is exposed to its rays?

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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
   February 6, 2018 TStarnes
   November 25, 2017 fragsel Added Carla to the issue.
   November 25, 2017 fragsel Added Ralph to the issue.
   November 22, 2014 fragsel Added Swamp Men to the issue.
   September 2, 2014 Robareid Changed comic details.
   March 15, 2014 Spider-Borg Changed comic details.
   September 27, 2013 Neskit Added blurb for this issue.
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