Jack lends a hand and some layouts to a newcomer named John Romita!
1917 to 2017: 100 years of Kirby.
Join us to celebrate Jack “King” Kirby’s 100th birthday by learning about the characters and stories he created that changed comics forever. To commemorate Jack’s centennial, we’ve sat down with the modern-day creators he influenced—and the decades of work he gifted us all.
For its first year, DAREDEVIL featured a true who’s who of comic book art talent working off of writer Stan Lee’s scripts. Bill Everett launched the series with Joe Orlando, Wally Wood, and Bob Powell following. Then in issue #12, everything changed. That’s the first time an artist by the name of John Romita drew ol’ Horn Head, but he didn’t tackle the Man Without Fear alone. He had help in the form of layouts from none other than Jack Kirby!
“The King” had provided a number of covers for the book, but only worked on interiors for #12 and #13. In those issues, Lee and Kirby introduced Matt Murdock to a character they debuted over in the pages of UNCANNY X-MEN #10, Ka-Zar!
The blind lawyer from Hell’s Kitchen needed some time away from Karen Page and Foggy Nelson, so he booked a cruise, but lost track of time and needed to zip across town as Daredevil to catch the ship! Once on board, Matt heard a fellow passenger ask about a pirate called The Plunderer who, as you probably guessed, attacked the vessel not long after. Daredevil sprang into action, but ultimately got captured by the villain whose operation proved far more sophisticated than expected.
Meanwhile, Ka-Zar found himself a bit bored and lonely in the Savage Land after enjoying the X-Men’s recent visit. However, a group of Swamp Men sailing downriver towards Skull Island quickly garnered his attention. As it happened, Plunderer intended to visit Skull Island as well, which brought all of our players onto the same stage. A battle quickly broke out as Ka-Zar attacked the interlopers. Though they fought, the lord of the Savage Land decided to save the unconscious man in red because he struggled so valiantly.
Ka-Zar searched for aid for Daredevil while the latter rested in a cave. However, his recuperation process came to a quick halt when an Ape Man attacked. Around that same time, The Plunderer and his crew found DD, and Ka-Zar returned. With everyone together, Plunderer revealed a shocking truth: he and Ka-Zar both had pieces of a medallion which marked them as brothers! With Ka-Zar distracted, Plunderer’s men captured him. Later, the pirate told Daredevil that their dad, Lord Plunder, discovered Vibranium and built a huge vault out of the metal that could only be opened by the combined medallions.
Plunderer then dropped DD down into Ka-Zar’s cell and tried pitting the two fighters against each other once again. They didn’t fall for it and soon broke out, carrying on into the next issue, which Romita handled on his own. Romita would go on to draw several more issues of DAREDEVIL before moving over to another little title called AMAZING SPIDER-MAN. His Man Without Fear replacement proved another legend-in-the-making: Gene Colan!
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Explore a wild kingdom only the mind of Kirby could imagine!
1917 to 2017: 100 years of Kirby.
Join us this month to celebrate Jack “King” Kirby’s 100th birthday by learning about the characters and stories he created that changed comics forever. To commemorate Jack’s centennial, we’ve sat down with the modern-day creators he influenced—and the decades of work he gifted us all.
Back in the 1960s when Stan Lee and Jack Kirby laid down the base for the Marvel Universe, they created a number of unusual and endlessly captivating nooks and crannies to explore. In 1965’s UNCANNY X-MEN #10, readers discovered a secret place called the Savage Land that played home to dinosaurs, Neanderthals, and other forms of life including the heroic Ka-Zar and his saber-tooth tiger Zabu. Those last two came into the merry mutants’ world by way of a television broadcast showing the “Antarctic Wild Man” saving a researcher wearing only a loin cloth and accompanied by a supposedly extinct cat.
At first thinking he might be a mutant, the X-Men wanted to go check the mystery out. Professor X told them that, had he been a mutant, Cerbro would have spotted him, but then allowed them to go anyway. Upon exploring a recently created crevasse, the team traveled down through an icy tunnel that emptied into a boneyard for huge animals.
From there, the teens saw many of the wonders hidden below the ice in the Savage Land, but also several of the dangers ranging from pterodactyls to primitive warriors riding huge birds and wielding impressive weapons. Those attackers got the drop on the X-Men and made off with Marvel Girl while Ka-Zar made his first appearance alongside faithful companion Zabu!
Thanks to some misunderstood differences in customs, the strangers fought one another, but only until Maa-Gor, the Killer, popped up to murder the self-proclaimed “Lord of the Jungle.” With that confrontation over, Ka-Zar agreed to help the X-Men save Jean from the Swamp Men. Angel flew ahead to scout, but got captured himself!
Ka-Zar and company made it to the Swamp Men’s walled village just in time to help Angel and Marvel Girl fend off an attacking T-Rex, thanks in part to the small army of mastodons the jungle lord called in for reinforcements. Upon freeing the captives, Ka-Zar bid the X-Men farewell, explaining concisely that he preferred his world to the one above.
Kirby returned to the Savage Land and Ka-Zar along with Lee for the first issue of ASTONISHING TALES in 1970. The character had appeared in various places in the five years since his creation, but this marked his first real showcase, though he had to share it with the villainous Doctor Doom! With the second issue, Roy Thomas took over for Lee on the scripts. Kirby only lasted one more issue himself before making way for artists like Barry Windsor-Smith, Herb Trimpe, Gil Kane, John Buscema, and Marie Severin.
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Black Panther's Pride: T'Challa in the Savage Land
Black Panther heads to the Savage Land with the Star-Spangled Avenger!
Read through some of T’Challa’s most thrilling adventures on Marvel Unlimited to mark Black Panther’s 50th anniversary!
What happens when another nation reveals they also have the one extra-terrestrial element your country’s economy, advanced technology and sovereignty comes from? T’Challa answered that in the pages of CAPTAIN AMERICA #414–417 by Mark Gruenwald and Rik Levins.
Part of a much larger Cap story featuring Diamondback, Shang-Chi, Falcon and various attacks on and by A.I.M., this part of the arc features Captain America, Falcon and Diamondback heading to Wakanda for Black Panther’s wedding, but by the time they get there, the festivities have been canceled!
T’Challa, distracted by the plunging stock prices of the Wakandan-held Vibranium Exports, welcomed Cap’s arrival. Before long, the entire gang flew off to figure out what’s going on in the Savage Land. There, they discovered an A.I.M. factory attempting to convert the seemingly useless Antarctic Vibranium into something useful. Along the way, Black Panther also faced off against a brainwashed Ka-Zar.
The High Technician revealed himself as the one behind the the A.I.M. expedition as well as the creation of human-like dinosaur creatures. He and his mind-warping accomplice seemed like a decent enough challenge until the massive Terminus showed up! The huge alien robot previously destroyed the machines keeping the Savage Land’s homeostasis now found itself controlled by an A.I.M. scientist directly tapped into the thing’s controls.
While T’Challa confronted the man driving the behemoth, Captain America and a back-to-his-senses Ka-Zar developed a plan that led the huge robot to accidentally plunge its hand into a pile of Anti-Metal which soon disintegrated most of the structure.
Black Panther survived thanks to a safety foam inside the cockpit. Though he offered for Cap to take the injured Diamondback to Wakanda for treatment, he vowed to stick around the Savage Land and help the locals weed out anymore A.I.M. insurgents intent on stealing the Antarctic Vibranium, which he also realized rightfully belong to the people there.
SECRETS OF WAKANDA
This storyline introduced the concept of Antarctic Vibranium, also known as Anti-Metal. Unlike the Wakandan variety which absorbs sound, this version actually destroys other metals it comes in contact with thanks to an impurity. Though T’Challa chose not to interfere with the people of the Savage Land’s production and sale of their version of the metal, he has used some of it to build claws for his costume. As revealed in the 2006 DAUGHTERS OF THE DRAGON series, Misty Knight’s bionic arm also partially consists of Anti-Metal, making it even more powerful.
Reginald Hudlin shifts focus from T’Challa to his sister Shuri in the first six issues of the 2009-launching BLACK PANTHER series with artist Ken Lashley.
The heroes join Spider-Man's fight in a clip from 'Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man: Web-Warriors,' airing Saturday night!
The mightiest heroes in the Marvel Universe join Spider-Man in the conclusion of the Contest of Champions in “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man: Web-Warriors”! Watch the clip above and tune in to an all-new episode of “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man: Web-Warriors” this Saturday at 9:00 PM ET on Disney XD.
Spider-Man will face his toughest challenge yet when the Contest of Champions concludes! Grandmaster pits his toughest warriors against the Wall-Crawler, but Spidey has a few friends to lend a hand in the epic battle. See who comes to Spider-Man’s aid by watching the clip above!
Check out a brand-new “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man: Web-Warriors” this Saturday at 9:00 PM ET on Disney XD! Stay tuned to Marvel.com for all the latest news and updates on your favorite Marvel animated series.
Check out the action in this new clip and tune in to the episode premiere this Tuesday at 9:00 p.m. ET on Disney XD!
Spider-Man’s been gathering heroes before Taskmaster has had the chance to recruit them and now the forces of good and evil finally collide! Watch this clip and tune in to an all-new episode of “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man: Web-Warriors” this Tuesday at 9:00 p.m. ET on Disney XD.
All season long, Spider-Man has been attempting to get to young heroes before Taskmaster has had the chance to recruit them to join him and Doctor Octopus. Sometimes Spider-Man succeeded, sometimes Spider-Man failed. Now the two forces are finally colliding! Scope out the action in a clip from this week’s new episode above.
Make sure to tune in to “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man: Web-Warriors” this Tuesday for the all-new episode at 9:00 p.m. ET on Disney XD! And keep your eyes on Marvel.com for all the latest on all of your favorite Marvel animated series.
Watch Spider-Man and Wolverine's visit to the Savage Land in this new clip and tune in tonight at 9:00 p.m. ET on Disney XD!
Spider-Man’s visiting the Savage Land in this week’s “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man: Web-Warriors” and he’s bringing Wolverine along with him! Check out a clip from this week’s episode and watch tonight at 9:00 p.m. ET on Disney XD to see the whole episode.
Spider-Man learns from Ka-Zar, one of the area’s only human residents, that to survive the Savage Land, you need to hone your hunting skills. When Ka-Zar’s saber-toothed companion Zabu is held captive, Ka-Zar, Wolverine and Spider-Man need to put their trapping skills to the test. Watch the clip above to find out who the real hunters are!
Tune in to “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man: Web-Warriors” tonight on Disney XD at 9:00 p.m. ET to see the episode premiere! Make sure to keep your eyes on Marvel.com to learn all the latest on your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man.
Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man: Web-Warriors - Meet Ka-Zar
Learn more about Ka-Zar and his saber-toothed cat before his debut tomorrow night at 9:00 p.m. ET on Disney XD!
Things are going to be getting a little more savage this week on “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man: Web-Warriors”! Spider-Man swings by the Savage Land where he meets Ka-Zar and his pet “kitty” Zabu. Learn more about Ka-Zar’s origins before he debuts in “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors” and see him in action this Tuesday at 9:00 p.m. ET on Disney XD.
Name: Kevin Plunder/Ka-Zar
First Appearance: UNCANNY X-MEN #10 (1963)
Powers: What he lacks in superhuman abilities, Ka-Zar makes up for in primal skills like hunting, tracking, and all other survival skills. Being able to stay alive in the Savage Land also requires Ka-Zar have peak physical fitness, strength, and agility.
Origin Story: While Lord Richard Plunder was exploring Antarctica, he stumbled across a tropical forest which would come to be known as the “Savage Land.” The Savage Land was an experiment by the Beyonders to study evolution on Earth, which resulted in many of Earth’s prehistoric creatures still existing in this land, along with new and unheard of species.
Richard was attacked by a group of “Man-Apes,” a species unknown to man that only existed in the Savage Land. Richard didn’t survive the attack and was survived by his infant son who accompanied him, Kevin. When the Man-Apes set their sights on Kevin, a saber-toothed tiger intervened and saved the infant.
This saber-toothed tiger, known as Zabu, took the infant back to the Land of the Mists, a place where the Man-Apes dared not to go. While there, Zabu taught Kevin how to survive as an orphan in the Savage Land. This is where Kevin honed his strength, stamina, and honed his survival skills.
The bond between Kevin and Zabu is one of legend. When word spread of Zabu rescuing this infant, the Man-Apes began referring to the human child as “Ka-Zar,” which translates to “Son of the Tiger.”
The Savage Land has avoided civilization and is generally a place that is visited by heroes and villains alike. Ka-Zar and Zabu are survivors in this dangerous land and are quick to assist any heroes who seek their help. Over the years, Ka-Zar has assisted the X-Men, Mockingbird, Spider-Man and Daredevil.
Don’t forget to tune in to see Ka-Zar and Zabu in action this Tuesday at 9:00 p.m. ET on Disney XD! Keep your eyes on Marvel.com for all the latest on all of your favorite Marvel animated series.
Avengers Alliance: Spec Op â€“ Savage Lands
Producer Justin Woods talks about opening up a new environment with fresh heroes to team with and villains to battle!
Over the course of “Marvel: Avengers Alliance,” players have seen waste laid to New York, London, Wakanda, and more, but a whole new world opens up in the latest Spec Op with the Savage Land serving as a fresh battleground.
Producer Justin Woods spoke to us about the latest mission and environment, as well as the addition of Ka-Zar, new villains and more.
Marvel.com: So what is the theme of this Spec Op?
Justin Woods: This is a really exciting Spec Op for us because it’s [not] often that we launch a new geographical area in the game with new maps and new combat arenas. We’re going to the Savage Land in this Spec Op. We’re going to meet up with Ka-Zar and figure out what’s going on down there. The High Evolutionary is causing some ruckus and we gotta figure out the Avengers can help out there. All-new maps, all-new villains. New characters to fight against; we have A.I.M. and Hydra—well now we have Dinosaurs.
The High Evolutionary in Marvel: Avengers Alliance
Marvel.com: Ka-Zar is the reward hero, but the Lockbox hero is Kang the Conqueror. How does he tie into the Savage Land story? That’s kind of a neat fit.
Justin Woods: I will say that in typical Kang fashion, he sees something in the future that’s going to pan out and it’s extremely important that he comes and intervenes. He decides that it’s in his best interests to ally himself with S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Avengers Alliance at least for a temporary time to prevent this future from happening.
Marvel.com: Does this Spec Op tie-in with any of the ongoing stories of the game?
Justin Woods: It’s more of a standalone story. The High Evolutionary is experimenting on dinosaurs and the local populace, so those are characters that you will fight against and see in battles in the Spec Ops. While he’s down there, he’s drawn all these other science-type characters down there. So you’ve got the Lizard down there. You’ve got Sauron, who lives down there. You actually got new villains [like] Stegron down there. Just a pretty big hodge podge and everybody’s down there doing science on dinosaurs and trying to get a piece of the action.
Ka-Zar & Zabu in Marvel: Avengers Alliance
Marvel.com: Let’s talk about Ka-Zar for a sec. What’s cool about him and what he can do in “Avengers Alliance”?
Justin Woods: He’s a jungle man. That’s pretty awesome. I feel that he’s unique in the Marvel Universe. He doesn’t really feel like a super hero yet he still totally does and he’s got a different vibe to him altogether. What’s cool about him in “Avengers Alliance” is that he’s extremely unique in that he’s actually two characters in one. He has Zabu with him at all times and most of his attacks involve both him and Zabu doing something. You don’t have to summon him. He’s always there and they’re next to each other and they do coordinated attacks together for all of his moves.
Marvel.com: High Evolutionary is a pretty big-time villain to be debuting. His power level is right up there with Apocalypse and some of the other guys you’ve used. How are you playing him?
Justin Woods: He’s going to be a group boss, which is what we’ve kind of typically done with these kinds of villains. You’re going to see Doc Ock and Lizard and those kinds of guys in [the Spec Op itself].
Stegron in Marvel: Avengers Alliance
Marvel.com: Anything else you want to talk about as far as this Spec Op?
Justin Woods: I would say that the thing about this Spec Op that’s really fun and exciting that people have to look forward to is that it [has] got so much content in it. So much new stuff. All the dinosaurs you get to fight. The two new bosses. A Lockbox hero. All the new maps. It’s really exciting and it’s really content rich so people will have a lot to look forward to. And it will be worth the wait.
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Follow the History of Daredevil Pt. 4
Meet Matt Murdock's twin brother Mike, plus relive battles with Leap Frog, Mr. Hyde, the Beetle and more!
In 1964, Marvel premiered one of its enduring and exciting super heroes, Daredevil. Whether in his secret identity as blind lawyer Matt Murdock or using his enhanced radar senses, DD stood out from the crowd as an unrelenting crusader for justice.
To celebrate 75 years of Marvel, 50 years of the Man Without Fear and the upcoming debut of Marvel’s “Daredevil” show on Netflix in 2015, we look back on the hero of Hell’s Kitchen’s remarkable history!
What’s a hero to do when keeping his secret identity a secret hits the wall? Create an entirely new identity, that’s what.
Flying back from an adventure overseas in DAREDEVIL #24, the Man Without Fear heard of his friend Ka-Zar being accused of crimes in London. There, the two heroes tracked down the real culprit, the Plunderer, and cleared Ka-Zar’s name. Once back home, DD leapt into battle with the Leap Frog in DAREDEVIL #25 and devised one of the kookiest gambits ever: his own twin brother.
Mike Murdock burst onto the scene in DAREDEVIL #26, just in time to deflect Karen Page’s suspicions and swing into action as Daredevil against both the Stilt-Man and Leap Frog. While the battle raged, the Masked Marauder reared his face again, but when he stood revealed as Nelson & Murdock’s landlord Frank Farnum in DAREDEVIL #27, it fell to “Mike” to steal the show and take center stage.
In DAREDEVIL #28, after lecturing at a college on aliens as a legal matter, Matt found himself face to face with real ETs who planned to cause blindness across the globe. Meanwhile, the Masked Marauder’s former gang kidnapped Karen in DAREDEVIL #29 for revenge, so Matt—wait for it—pretended to be Mike Murdock pretending to be Daredevil to throw a monkey wrench into the works; in the end, the decided to not confide in Karen about his secret life.
Things got even weirder when our hero then posed as the Mighty Thor in DAREDEVIL #30 to fool villains Mr. Hyde and Cobra. Thor himself swooped in to warn Daredevil to never pose as him again, but Matt found much more to be concerned with when Hyde’s chemical spray robbed him of his enhanced senses. Literally blind, DD went to friend Foggy as “Mike” in DAREDEVIL #31, but changed back to his costumed to finally defeat his foes and gain the antidote to his condition in DAREDEVIL #32.
After failing to stop the armored Beetle in DAREDEVIL #33, “Mike,” Karen and Foggy traveled to Montreal, Canada to attend the World’s Fair. Waylaid by the Beetle’s goons en route, Daredevil saw things go from bad to worse in DAREDEVIL #34 when the criminal planned to reveal his identity on national television, but a little help from Foggy went a long way toward ultimately defeating the Beetle.
The Fantastic Four’s enemy the Trapster demanded Nelson & Murdock represent him in court in DAREDEVIL #35, and then sent our hero into the stratosphere with a few anti-gravity discs. By the time Daredevil freed himself, the wily crook held the entire Baxter Building hostage, ready to blow it sky-high with a bomb!
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Follow the History of Daredevil Pt. 3
Matt Murdock meets Ka-Zar, clashes with the Gladiator for the first time, plus much more!
In 1966, blind lawyer Matt Murdock continued to hone his skills as the costumed adventurer Daredevil, and in doing so gained more new enemies and enough heartbreak to snap a lesser man in two. But, he rose above it all to conquer both his foes and the turmoil that seemed to dog him at every step.
On a leave of absence from the firm of Nelson & Murdock, our hero hopped a cruise ship in DAREDEVIL #12, only to stand helplessly as it became ensnared in the clutches of the piratical Plunderer. As Daredevil, Matt fought back, but the scurvy crew flew him off to the Savage Land, home of Ka-Zar, where his radar-sense ultimately failed him. In DAREDEVIL #13, the Man Without Fear discovered the Plunderer to be Ka-Zar’s lost brother, and both men in possession of one half of a unique medallion made from a strange “vibrating ore.”
The Plunderer managed to unite the broken medallion in DAREDEVIL #14, using it to create a terrible weapon. Daredevil triumphed over the villain in the end and reunited with Foggy Nelson and Karen Page back in the States. Not long after, Ox escaped from prison with the help of Dr. Stragg, in DAREDEVIL #15. The evil doctor placed his own mind in the Ox’s body and confronted our hero, only to plunge from the top of tall building, seemingly to his death.
The mysterious Masked Marauder made trouble again in DAREDEVIL #16, pitting DD against Spider-Man with the use of multiple fake Daredevils. Somehow, Spidey began to believe that Foggy crusaded as the Man Without Fear, even threatening Matt’s partner in DAREDEVIL #17 to stop hassling him. After a huge battle between Daredevil and the Wallcrawler, things worked out to the better and the Masked Marauder made a speedy getaway to scheme another day.
Foggy found trouble galore in DAREDEVIL #18 when Karen also believed him to be Daredevil, a situation he tried to turn to his advantage to win her hand, but which backfired when new super villain the Gladiator stepped into the arena. The real deal Hornhead squashed the Gladiator’s heady desire to gain notoriety, but the question of what to do about Foggy nagged him all the way into DAREDEVIL #19. The Masked Marauder busted the Gladiator out of jail to help him build an “empire of crime,” but our hero made sure to throw a monkey wrench into the works.
In DAREDEVIL #20, the Owl’s goons snatched up Matt Murdock to haul him away to a volcanic isle to participate in a mock-trial for a judge who sent the villain to prison. Changing to his costumed alter ego, Matt escaped the Owl’s death trap in DAREDEVIL #21, only to find himself riding the back of a gigantic robot-owl with the island exploding below him to make his own escape.
Back in the big city in DAREDEVIL #22, Matt decided to finally declare his love for Karen, while the Masked Marauder revealed his Tri-Android, which required the life-essences of three men to provide it with artificial animation. Lured into a fight with the android somewhere in Europe in DAREDEVIL #23, Daredevil also squared off against the Gladiator for rematch, and saved the criminal’s life from the Marauder’s hungry lion.
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