Uncanny X-Men Issue #10 (March 10, 1965)
Story By: Stan Lee Art By: Jack Kirby
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Brief Description: When a trip to the South Pole yields a jungle adventure, the X-Men meet Ka-Zar, lord of the Savage Land!
Characters Introduced in This Issue:
Ka-Zar and Zabu: Ka-Zar is a character who lives in a secret land under Antarctica where prehistoric life still exists. He was first introduced in 1936 under Timely Comics and this issue was his first introduction to the Marvel Universe, where he became a hero. Zabu is Ka-zar’s saber tooth tiger companion. The world he lives in is called the Savage Land.
-Powers: Although Ka-Zar has no superhuman powers, he is at peak human physical condition and is very good at hand to hand combat and combat with knives, slingshots, and bow and arrows.
Recurring Characters in This Issue: Professor X, Cyclops, Iceman, Jean Grey, Beast, Angel.
This issue begins with the X-Men watching a news story on TV that shows a man being saved from a large pit in Antarctica by a man with a saber tooth tiger. The X-Men go to investigate this bizarre situation and discover the Savage Land, a world where dinosaurs still exist, underneath Antarctica.
When they arrive in the Savage Land, cave people riding prehistoric birds attack the X-Men and Jean is taken prisoner. The X-Men then find Ka-Zar and Zabu and after a brief scuffle Ka-Zar leads them to Jean’s captors. The group frees Jean Grey from the cave men and return back to the surface.
I am a big fan of this issue, mainly because the X-Men face off against dinosaurs! This issue has a lot of great panels of the X-Men hanging around with dinosaurs. Besides the dinosaurs, this issue’s story is pretty light, but it is still a great issue.
Once again in this issue the government contacts Professor X directly about the Ka-Zar situation in Antarctica. I wonder how long this positive government-mutant relationship will last.
One thing a friend told me recently about X-Men in general is that it is puzzling and sexist that Jean Grey is called Marvel Girl while Bobby is called Iceman. Jean is older than Bobby yet she is called girl while Bobby is called a man. This also happened for a long time with Sue Storm of the Fantastic Four who was called Invisible Girl in her early history. I never call Jean Grey Marvel Girl anyway, but it is still weird and sexist.
And on one more final note, the Cyclops-Jean Grey budding almost relationship continues.